American Psychological Foundation

APF supports high school psychology students

This year, APF has awarded more than $52,000 through its Pre-College Psychology Grants, which fund programs that support the science and application of psychological science among talented high school students.

This year's winners are:

  • School Without Walls Senior High School in Washington, D.C., which will use its $26,600 grant to establish a permanent college-level psychology curriculum. The school will also begin a senior-thesis program that allows students to design and run their own studies.

  • Laura Rabin, PhD, a psychology professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, who received $26,000 to extend the school's mentoring program for another year. The program prepares underrepresented high school students at Brooklyn College Academy for college and future success by enabling them to conduct supervised psychological research, take a college-level psychology class and attend psychology-related meetings and workshops.

The next deadline for applying for a grant is May 1.

APF awards first Rosen Fellowships for the study of gifted children

APF awarded two $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships to support graduate student research on gifted children. The fellowships are the newest program supported by APF's Esther Katz Rosen Fund, which Rosen established through a bequest in 1974.

The winners are:

  • Jill Adelson, of the University of Connecticut, who will explore the effects of gifted programming in elementary schools. Adelson seeks to provide information to policy-makers to help them determine the adequacy of gifted-learning programs.

  • Thalia Goldstein, of Boston College, who will continue her research on social cognition in a two-part study that will test whether the teaching of acting and drama promotes social cognition giftedness in children and adolescents.

Upcoming APF award deadlines


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


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


Cummings PSYCHE Prize: Dec. 1Gold Medals for Life Achievement: Dec. 1Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award: Dec. 1Visionary Funds Grant Program: Dec. 1Wundt-James Transatlantic Psychology Award: Dec. 31