American Psychological Foundation

Barlow, Brehm join APF Board of Trustees

David Barlow, PhD, and Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, were selected to join the APF Board of Trustees, which oversees foundation finances and approves all grants and scholarships. Barlow is professor of psychology and psychiatry and the director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received APA's Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology in 2000. Brehm was APA's 2007 president and is professor of psychology in the clinical science and social psychology programs at Indiana University–Bloomington.

Opotow to study post-9/11 stress

APF has given Susan Opotow, PhD, a $10,000 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant to study the psychological conflict, challenges and change in post-Sept. 11 New York. Opotow, a professor of sociology, social and personality psychology and criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will use the grant to continue her work cataloging the mental health issues that emerged in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks. Her research will help psychologists, emergency responders and policymakers know more about how disaster-related stress, grief and anger change over time.

APF gives research grants to two graduate students

Graduate students Asma Jana-Masri and Bryan Karazsia received research grants from APF. Jana-Masri, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, received a $1,000 APF Div. 17 (Counseling) Grant for her research examining Egyptian male gender role conflict and attitudes about mental health. Her research is expected to add to the knowledge base on ways that counseling psychologists can improve their interventions by understanding clients' personal and cultural beliefs.

Karazsia, a Kent State University doctoral candidate, received a $1,500 Peterson Homer Injury Prevention Grant for his research on how children's risk of injury changes as they age. He hopes his research will inform injury-prevention efforts by better illuminating how unintentional injuries—the leading cause of death to U.S. children—occur.

Funding opportunities

APF is offering a variety of awards and scholarships for students, professionals and organizations on such topics as grants for violence-prevention programs and grants to travel to APA's 2009 Annual Convention.

Seven $300 Underleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships are available for students to attend APA's Annual Convention, Aug. 6–9, in Toronto. The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information, visit

Neuropsychology graduate students can apply for two $2,500 Benton-Meier scholarships, which recognize achievements that will lead to a promising career in neuropsychology. The deadline is June 1. More information is available from APF.

The $10,000 Joseph B. Gittler Award for scholarly contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge is available for a scholar whose work has transformed the field of psychology. The nomination deadline is June 1. For more information, visit this page.

Individuals from nonprofit organizations and educational institutions can apply for up to $20,000 to support innovative community programs for violence prevention. The deadline is June 1.

The APF/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarships award 13 annual scholarships for graduate research. The top applicant will receive the $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship, the second-place applicant will receive the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship and the third-place applicant will receive the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship. Ten other finalists will receive $1,000 each. The deadline is June 15. More information is available from APF.

Upcoming APF deadlines


  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: March 2

  • Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships: March 2

  • Visionary Funds Grant Program: March 15


  • Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships: April 1

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


  • Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award: May 1

  • Pre-College Psychology Grant: May 1

  • Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship: May 15


  • Benton-Meier Scholarships: June 1

  • Robert Fantz Scholarship: June 1

  • Joseph Gittler Award: June 1

  • Violence Prevention and Intervention Grant: June 1

  • APF/COGDOP Scholarships: June 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.