American Psychological Foundation

APF awards two Visionary Grants

APF recently awarded two Visionary Grants, which support innovative research and programs in the areas of the connections between mental and physical health, violence prevention, combating prejudice and supporting post-disaster rebuilding efforts. The grants went to:

  • Michelle Billies, a first-year graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center, who is leading a study that will document the prevalence and nature of violence and discrimination in the lives of multiracial, low-income, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

  • Joni Howard of Washington State University, who is examining cognitive impairment, depression and inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis for her dissertation. Howard plans to measure several cognitive domains in patients with MS in relation to inflammation.

Millons become APF Visionaries

In 2008, Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, and his wife, Renee, became APF Visionaries with their most recent $30,000 gift.

The Millons have been longtime APF supporters and gave a similar gift in 2004. Their gifts support both APF's funding of programs that use psychology to benefit society and the Millon Award in Personality Psychology.

Theodore Millon recently retired, but still serves as dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology.

For more information about APF's funding programs, contact Emily Leary, at e-mail or (202) 336-5622.

Gottesman receives APF's 2008 Gralnick Prize for his research

Irving I. Gottesman, PhD, the Irving and Dorothy Bernstein Professor in Adult Psychiatry and Senior Fellow in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, was recently awarded the 2008 APF Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize for his work on serious mental illness.

Gottesman is known internationally for his work using twin registries to study genetic and environmental factors of serious mental illness. His research confirmed that genes were undeniably a determining factor in schizophrenia.

He has served on the faculties of Harvard, University of North Carolina Medical School, University of Minnesota, Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia as the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics until semi-retirement in 2001. Gottesman co-chairs the Twins Committee of the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council, Washington D.C., and advises the Institute of Medicine Board of the Medical Follow-Up Agency and the Board on Military and Veterans Health.

Upcoming APF award deadlines


Visionary Funds Multi-Cycle Grants: Sept. 1 Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award: Sept. 15


Visionary Funds Grant Program: Oct. 1 Theodore Blau Early Career Award: Oct. 1Lizette Peterson Homer Injury Research Grant: Oct. 1 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology: Oct. 1


Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants: Nov. 1Annette U. Rickel Dissertation Award: Nov. 1 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship: Nov. 15


Cummings PSYCHE Prize: Dec. 1Gold Medals for Life Achievement: Dec. 1Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award: Dec. 1 Visionary Funds Grant Program: Dec. 1