American Psychological Foundation

APF awards Visionary Grants

APF awarded Visionary Grants to Lenny R. Vartanian, PhD, a professor at Syracuse University, and Judith E. Carroll, a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. Vartanian is investigating the psychological and behavioral consequences of weight stigma.

Carroll hopes to shed light on a possible mechanism linking psychosocial factors to disease risk and early mortality.

Funding opportunities for innovative programs

APF seeks applicants for its Visionary and Weiss grant programs. Researchers, educators and practitioners with projects that use psychology to solve social problems in APF priority areas—including reducing prejudice and helping people in the aftermath of a disaster—can win either Visionary or Weiss grants. Visionary grant winners receive awards between $5,000 and $20,000, while Weiss award winners receive $10,000. The deadline is March 15

Child soldiers benefit from grant

Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war may have ended in 2002, but thousands still live with the consequences of fighting or witnessing extreme violence. To help those people, APF awarded Theresa Betancourt, ScD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, a $10,000 Disaster Relief Grant for a pilot program that incorporates group therapy and education for people age 18 to 25. Betancourt also received an $800,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the mental health of refugee children.

Nominate a health psychologist

APF seeks nominations for its $3,000 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for outstanding commitment to the field of clinical health psychology. Nominees must spend 15 to 20 hours a week in face-to-face patient care, in assessment or therapy. The deadline is March 15. For nomination information, visit

Win a high school psychology grant

APF will grant up to $20,000 to support high school programs that promote psychology as a science. The program is designed to drive home the message that psychology uses empirical methods to understand human behavior, attract talented high school students to the field and share information about non-academic psychology careers. Proposals must focus on supporting the education of talented high school students. The deadline is May 1. For application information, visit this Web page.

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Upcoming APF deadlines


  • Henry David Research and Travel Grants: Feb. 15


  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: March 2

  • Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships: March 2

  • Visionary Funds Grant Program: March 15

  • Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award: March 15


  • Paul E. Henkin School Psychology Travel Award: April 15


  • Pre-College Psychology Grant: May 1

  • Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship: May 15

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