American Psychological Foundation

Meet the Esther Katz Rosen fellowship winners

APF's annual $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen fellowships support psychological research on gifted and talented children and adolescents. This year's recipients are:

• Joni Lakin, of the University of Iowa, who received the fellowship to support her work comparing the performance of English-language learner students and non-ELL students in computer-administered tests to identify how test directions can most effectively explain unfamiliar test items to young ELL students.

• Kristen Foster Peairs, of Duke University, who received the fellowship to support her research on the social world of gifted adolescents. Peairs looks specifically at how peer relationships can shed light on the socioemotional development of gifted youth.

Two students receive Gerson grants

Two graduate students, Robin Barry of the University of Iowa and Jennifer Willet of the University of Tennessee, have won $6,000 APF Randy Gerson Memorial Grants for their research. Barry studies how marriage and marital distress is affected by romantic disengagement, or when a couple believes they are more emotionally and behaviorally distant than other couples. Willett studies how children view their parents' relationships, and how that perception affects their own romantic relationships. The Gerson Grants support work in couple and family dynamics and multi-generational processes.

Apply for APF funding

• Child-injury prevention grant available
APF is accepting applications for the 2009 $5,000 Lizette Peterson Homer Grant, which supports research on the psychological and behavioral aspects of injury prevention in children and adolescents. Research projects such as those published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and other innovative projects, are encouraged for this program. Students and faculty are eligible to apply. The deadline is Oct. 1. More information is available online.

• Honor an early career clinical psychologist
The $5,000 Theodore Blau Early Career Award honors professional accomplishments in clinical psychology. Accomplishments may include promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service; innovation in service delivery; novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice; and making a positive impact on health delivery systems. The deadline is Nov. 1. Self-nominations are welcome. More information is available online.

• Recognize an outstanding personality psychologist
The $1,000 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology honors a psychologist who is advancing the science of personality psychology, including the areas of personology, personality theory, personality disorders and personality measurement. The deadline is Nov. 1. Self-nominations are welcome. More information is available online.

• LGB family psychology or family therapy research
The Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants support empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology or family therapy. APF will award one grant of up to $12,000 for research by a graduate student with strong preference given to dissertation candidates. The deadline is Nov. 1. More information is available online.

• Counseling psychology
APF's Counseling Psychology Grants support research that can lead to the development of innovative counseling programs and models. Up to $5,000 is available. The deadline is Nov. 1. More information is available online.

Congratulations to APF 2009 award winners

APF announces the winners of the 2009 Gold Medals for Life Achievement:

• E. Scott Geller, PhD, of Virginia Tech, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. Throughout his career, Geller has applied behavioral science to many domains, including environmental sustainability, school discipline, prison administration, community theft, transportation management, alcohol abuse, alcohol-impaired driving, community safety, and curative and preventive public-health intervention in Nigeria. He has also developed and disseminated research-based principles and procedures that have helped thousands of companies prevent workplace injuries and save lives. Geller has been a devoted educator for 40 years.

• Stuart Oskamp, PhD, of Claremont Graduate University, will receive the Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology in recognition of his outstanding leadership in applying psychology to pressing problems facing humanity. Oskamp's textbooks and edited volumes in areas of applied social psychology have addressed topics such as violence, technology, media, health, aging, gender and diversity. As editor of the Journal of Social Issues and the Applied Social Psychology Annual and leader of two national psychological organizations helped to shape the role of psychology in addressing great social challenges of the present and future.

• Robert J. Resnick, PhD, of Randolph Macon College, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology. For over three decades, Resnick has championed for the independence and expansion of professional psychology, advocating for freedom of choice legislation, expanding psychologists' roles and responsibilities, promoting reimbursement for psychologists, introducing prescriptive privileges, and serving organized psychology in many capacities. He has had a distinguished career of advocacy for psychological services, and has successfully expanded psychological practice into the broader health-care system.

• Mary K. Rothbart, PhD, of the University of Oregon, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology. Rothbart is recognized for her contributions to research on the development of temperament. She and Douglas Derryberry constructed a theoretical framework describing temperament as the reactive and self-regulatory components of biologically based individual differences, and established links between effortful control, brain networks of executive attention, and gene-environment influences during development. Her work includes studies of the development of attention and self-regulation. She has supported parents through her contributions to the organization Birth To Three and has been an inspiring leader who influences others through her modesty, wide-ranging knowledge and generosity.

Buskist recognized as 2009 distinguished teacher of psychology

APF will present William Buskist, PhD, of Auburn University, with the 2009 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award at the APA/APF awards ceremony on Aug. 7 at APA's 2009 Annual Convention in Toronto.

Buskist is the distinguished professor in the teaching of psychology at Auburn, where he also directs Auburn's Teaching Fellows Program and is a faculty fellow of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. He has published on topics such as preparation for college and university level teaching, development of student-teacher rapport, the scholarship of teaching and pedagogy, and qualities and behaviors of master teaching. He has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), and served as a member of the steering committee on the APA Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology and the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology planning committee. He is recognized as a national leader in the preparation of graduate students as teachers of psychology.

Buskist will deliver "College Teaching and Its Functions: An Inquiry into Pedagogical Meaning and Purpose" at APA's convention.

For more information about APF's funding programs, visit APF online.

Upcoming APF deadlines

October 2009

Lizette Peterson Homer Grant (Oct. 1)


November 2009

Theodore Blau Early Career Award (Nov. 1)

Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grants (Nov. 1)

Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology (Nov. 1)

Annette Urso Rickel Foundation Dissertation Award (Nov. 1)

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant (Nov. 1)

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships (Nov. 15)


December 2009

Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award (Dec. 1)

Gold Medal Awards (Dec. 1)

Cummings PSYCHE Prize (Dec. 1)