According to Div. 1 (Society for General Psychology) member Joel Morgovsky, pictures aren't just windows through which we look out onto the world--they also serve as mirrors into the photographer's mind.
"Reading pictures is a system resting on the well-founded assumption that photographs are both about things in the world and about the inner world of their makers," says Morgovsky, a professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., who chairs the division's Committee on Psychology and Photography.
"Reading pictures" is just one junction of psychology and photography that Morgovsky and the Div. 1 committee seek to explore. The group is interested in identifying, collecting and generating new publications on the points of contact between psychology and photography. For example, they can point to several publications devoted to investigations about how family photographs may shed light on interpersonal dynamics and how therapy with photos might help people overcome eating disorders or cope with disfigurement.
APA members who are interested in learning more about psychology and photography can attend the APA Annual Convention session "PhotoPsychology," sponsored by Div. 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts).
In the meantime, Morgovsky asks readers to consider the photographs here and think about what they might reveal about the people who took them.
Div. 17 focuses on campus violence
Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) is bringing attention to the problem of campus violence and strengthening practitioners' voices through a new newsletter feature called "Practitioner Forum." The first installment, "Tragedy at Virginia Tech: Trauma and its Aftermath," highlights campus violence. Christopher Flynn, PhD, director of the Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech, and Dennis Heitzmann, PhD, associate vice president of student engagement at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the dramatic shifts in roles and responsibilities of university counseling centers since the murders.
In a related article, Gerald Stone, PhD, suggests that ethical practice matters on college campuses are no longer simple or clear.
"Practitioner Forum" debuted in the May issue of "The Counseling Psychologist" and is available at http://tcp.sagepub.com/pap.dtl.
Div. 37 seeks travel award contributions
Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) announces the establishment of the Diane J. Willis Award for Early Career Contributions to Child and Family Practice and Policy. Willis has been an outstanding leader and mentor in advocating on behalf of children and families and exemplifies the purpose of the division.
The award provides a stipend and travel support to APA's Annual Convention. An award fund is being established with the American Psychological Foundation and is being endowed by the many students, colleagues and admirers of Willis. Those interested in contributing can contact Carolyn Schroeder at e-mail.
Apply for a Div. 40 grant
Div. 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) is offering two funding opportunities to support the scientific and professional development of early career division members:
The Junior Investigator Pilot Grant provides up to $10,000 to support the collection of preliminary data for the purpose of securing subsequent extramural funding for neuropsychological research.
Neuropsychology graduate students or first-year postdoctoral residents can apply for a travel grant for up to $2,500 to attend the 2009 APA Annual Convention in Toronto.
The deadline for both awards is Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.div40.org or e-mail John A. Lucas, PhD, at e-mail.
Div. 56 waives dues for first-year students
Students can join Div. 56 (Trauma) for free their first year and for $10 a year thereafter. The division extends this invitation to all students who are American Psychological Association of Graduate Students members. For more information about Div. 56, visit www.apatraumadivision.org.