American Psychological Foundation

Yasui wins $5,000 Franks scholarship

University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate student Naoko Yura Yasui has won the 2008 APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship for her research on models of community integration for people in recovery from mental illness.

Yasui, a doctoral candidate in rehabilitation psychology, is working to identify the characteristics of communities that successfully integrate people with mental illness. Her goal is to develop community interventions that can counter societal stigma and other barriers that hinder recovery from mental illness.


Zacks wins McGuigan honor

Jeffrey Zacks, PhD, of Washington University in St. Louis has won APF's $25,000 F.J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to an early career researcher whose work has a psychophysiological focus.

Zacks studies event perception and understanding as well as mental imagery and spatial reasoning. He directs the university's Dynamic Cognition Laboratory and chairs its Steering Committee on Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society and is on the editorial boards of Memory and Cognition and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Zacks earned his doctorate at Stanford University in 1999.


Nominate an exceptional early career psychotherapist

APF is accepting nominations for the $5,000 Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) Early Career Award, which recognizes an up-and-coming Div. 29 member with 10 or fewer years of postdoctoral experience. Nominations should detail a candidate's professional achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research or training.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 1. For more information, visit the APF Web page.


Grants available for reproductive behavior research, travel

APF seeks nominations for its two 2009 Henry P. David grants. They are:

  • A $1,500 grant that supports research on human reproductive behavior or related population studies.

  • A $1,500 grant for travel to an international conference or congress on reproductive behavior or population studies, with preference given to applicants who will present research at the meeting.

Applicants may apply for one or both grants. They must be conducting dissertation research or have no more than five years of postgraduate experience.

The application deadline is Feb. 15. Visit the APF Web page for more information.


Apply for the Gerson Memorial Grant

APF is seeking nominations for the 2009 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, a $6,000 grant presented to a graduate student for work that advances the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multigenerational processes.

Eligible work advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in those areas, with preference given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Applicants must be psychology graduate students enrolled full time and in good standing at accredited universities and not planning to receive their degrees before the 2009–10 academic year.

The deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, visit APF's Web page.


Proposals sought for LGBT research

Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply for APF's 2009 Wayne F. Placek Grants, which support research on increasing the public's understanding of homosexuality. APF will award two $15,000 grants to doctoral-level researchers or graduate students affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. The deadline is March 2. More information is available from APF.


Fellowships offered for giftedness research

APF is accepting applications for up to three $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships, which support graduate student research on gifted and talented children. Rosen fellowships are open to students who have achieved doctoral candidacy and are in good academic standing at a university in the United States or Canada.

The application deadline is March 2. More information is available from APF.


Apply for a Visionary Funds grant

APF is accepting applications for its Visionary Grants, $5,000 grants offered four times each year to support projects and programs that fall within APF's main funding priorities, which include:

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

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

  • Understanding and preventing prejudice and discrimination.

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

The next application deadline is March 15. More information is available from APF.

—Compiled by E. Leary

Upcoming APF deadlines

December 2008

  • Wundt-James Transatlantic Psychology Award: Dec. 31

January 2009

  • Division 29 Award: Jan. 1

February 2009

  • Randy Gerson Memorial Grant: Feb. 1

  • Henry David Research and Travel Grants: Feb. 15

March 2009

  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: March 2

  • Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships: March 2

  • Visionary Funds Grant Program: March 15

More information about APF's funding programs is available from APF online or contact Emily Leary, (202) 336-5622.