American Psychological Foundation

Award recognizes promising young investigator

Rebecca Saxe, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has discovered a region of the human brain that is specifically engaged when people think about one another's thoughts. Her groundbreaking work won her APF's $2,000 Robert L. Fantz Award, which recognizes promising young investigators in psychology.

Saxe, an assistant professor in MIT's department of brain and cognitive sciences, has received acclaim for her work in infant cognition and brain imaging. Her research focuses on moral reasoning, infant cognition and children with autism. Saxe received the prestigious Packard Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as well as a Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award in 2008. Her impacts outside academia include an appearance on the "Charlie Rose Show" and in the recent PBS documentary "Ape Genius."

APF fosters work of child psychology graduate students

When Werner Koppitz, PhD, made his bequest to APF, he requested that the foundation award scholarships to the most talented graduate students in child psychology. The 2009 Koppitz fellows and scholars epitomize what he wanted. This year's $25,000 Koppitz fellows are:

• Johanna Carpenter of Temple University, who will examine the relationship between externalizing behavior problems and expressive language in low-income preschool children.

• Harvard University's Kathleen Corriveau, who will conduct research on the cues children use to determine whether an information source is trustworthy.

• Brenda Salley of Virginia Tech, who will study the relationship between infants' social attention and their emerging language skills.

• Georgetown University's Elizabeth Zack, who will show how infants' early comprehension and their use of social information guides their learning from two-dimensional media sources.

Two $5,000 Koppitz scholarships were awarded to Elizabeth Davis of the University of California–Irvine for her research on rumination in children's memory and Matthew Morris of Vanderbilt University for his research on markers of risk in depression.

Muller wins Div. 29 early career award

APF selected Katherine Muller, PsyD, for the $5,000 APF Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) Early Career Award for her achievements related to psychotherapy practice, research and training.

Muller directs the cognitive behavioral therapy training program at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where she also directs the APA-accredited predoctoral psychology internship program. Her multiple contributions to the field of clinical psychology and her service includes working as a therapist in the Rutgers eating disorders clinic, providing outpatient care to patients at Montefiore, and working as a volunteer therapist for Project Liberty, the New York Sept. 11 Treatment Intervention Program. She has also served as section editor for the early career column of "The Clinical Psychologist."

Funding opportunities

APF is seeking applications for the $2,000 F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award, which supports dissertation research on the materialistic understanding of the human mind, both empirically and theoretically. The research may address any aspect of mental function, such as cognition, affect and motivation. Research should use behavioral and/or neuroscientific methods. Proposed research may fall within any area of contemporary behavioral or brain science including recent forms of cognitive psychology. The deadline is June 1. For requirements and additional information, visit McGuigan Dissertation Award.

—J. Clark


Upcoming APF deadlines


  • Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award: May 1

  • Pre-College Psychology Grant: May 1

  • Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship: May 15


  • Benton-Meier Scholarships: June 1

  • Joseph Gittler Award: June 1

  • Violence Prevention and Intervention Grant: June 1

  • F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award: June 1

  • APF/COGDOP Scholarships: June 15

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