American Psychological Foundation

Dissertation on racial attitudes receives $1,000 award

APF awarded Julie Milligan Hughes the first Annette Urso Rickel Dissertation Award for her research on public policy. Hughes's dissertation will explore racial attitudes among adolescents.

She hopes her work will lead to a better understanding of the factors related to peoples' views of affirmative action and school desegregation.

Hughes received her master's degree in developmental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she is now pursuing her doctorate. Psychologist Annette Rickel, PhD, founded and supports this $1,000 award to encourage students to employ psychology in public policy to improve services for at-risk children and families. The award will be offered annually for five years. For information on how to apply for the 2008 award.

APF salutes Stavrinos's work to prevent childhood injury

Despina Stavrinos, a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the 2007 recipient of APF's Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant.

Stavrinos will receive $1,500 for her research, which focuses on why children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are at an increased risk of injury from pedestrian accidents.

Stavrinos has also received a Society of Public Health Education/Centers for Disease Control Injury Prevention Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Transportation Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship and a grant from the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to fund her dissertation work.

More information is available on applying for an APF Peterson Homer Grant.

Funding opportunities

Graduate research scholarships

APF welcomes applications for the 2008 APF/COGDOP graduate research scholarships, which include the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship and 11 $1,000 scholarships. Students must be nominated by their psychology departments for the awards. For more information, visit The deadline is June 16.

Award for philosophical research

The new Joseph B. Gittler Award offers $10,000 for research on the philosophical foundations of psychology. Scholars and graduate students are invited to apply. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline is June 1. For more information, visit

Funds for hate-crime research

APF is offering up to $20,000 for projects that seek to eliminate hate crimes and prejudice. APF strongly encourages programs with a strong foundation in research and those that have, or show promise for, broad-based community support. The deadline is June 1.

Conduct research on healing

APF will offer a grant of up to $10,000 for programs that use psychology to help people who are the victims of natural disasters or crises. APF supports programs that target the emotional and psychological needs of people and communities as they strive to recover and rebuild in the wake of a disaster. For more information, visit The deadline is July 1.

Funds for neuropsychology graduate students

APF seeks applications for its two $2,500 Benton-Meier Scholarships in neuropsychology. Applicants must describe their scholarly and research accomplishments and then have a faculty mentor sign off on the letter.

The deadline is June 1. For more information, visit

Support for innovative research and programs

APF's Visionary Grants and Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant offer $5,000 and $10,000 respectively for research and programs in the following areas:

  • Finding connections between mental and physical health to ensure well-being.

  • Understanding and preventing violence and prejudice to create a safer, more humane world.

  • Supporting the sustained rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of disaster.

Proposals for $5,000 are considered quarterly, the next deadline is July 1. The deadline for $10,000 proposals is June 1.

-D. Schwartz

Further Reading

For more information, visit the APA APF Web site. You may also contact Idalia Ramos, APF program director, at (202) 336-5814 or e-mail.