American Psychological Foundation

Award fosters study of severe and persistent mental illness

Amanda C. Taylor, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, received the $2,000 APF Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for her research on severe and persistent mental illness. People with severe mental illness have dramatically low employment rates, which diminishes their chances of recovery. Taylor hopes her research will identify the characteristics of employment specialists that result in successful job placements, which in turn fosters people's recovery, research suggests.

APF awards research grants to two graduate students

APF awarded a $10,500 Roy Scrivner Research Grant to Boston University graduate student Brian Buzzella and a $1,500 Scrivner grant to Roosevelt University's Joanna Thome.

Buzzella's grant will further his work to evaluate a same-sex relationship education program that aims to strengthen relationship satisfaction and decrease mental health challenges—such as depression and anxiety—that occur when a relationship ends. He hopes that the intervention can meet the needs of same-sex couples and provide clinicians with important information to maintain healthy lesbian, gay and bisexual families.

Thome's research will examine how gender role beliefs versus homophobia affect decisions to deny child custody to same-sex male couples over same-sex female couples. Thome hopes her research can guide education and policy to reduce discrimination faced by same-sex couples.

King to investigate role of teachers in reporting child abuse

University of Toronto graduate student Colin King won a $1,000 APF Annette U. Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy for his research on how educators work with the child protection system to report child abuse.

King's research looks at teachers' fear of parental retribution and other factors that may inhibit teachers from reporting suspected abuse. He hopes his work will maximize the effectiveness of the educational and child protective systems in responding to at-risk children by providing teachers with the resources they need to identify and report suspected abuse.

Students: Fund your stigma research

APF seeks proposals for its $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, which is awarded to graduate students who use psychological perspectives to understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The deadline is May 15. For more information, visit

Upcoming APF deadlines

• 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 or contact Emily Leary by e-mail or (202) 336-5622.