American Psychological Foundation

Two win APF reproductive health grants

APF has awarded its $1,500 Henry David Grants to psychology graduate students: Amy Conroy, a health and behavioral sciences graduate student at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Doug VanderLaan, a student of evolution and behavior at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

The Henry David Fund provides support to students who work in behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or in an area related to population concerns.

Conroy received a research grant for her project, "Take the Test, Take Control? HIV Testing and Sexual Relationship Power in Malawi." She will examine the roles of gender and sexual power dynamics in HIV testing in Malawi, which has a high HIV/AIDS prevalence. She hopes her research can contribute to a broader understanding of the interpersonal factors involved in HIV/AIDS testing and prevention.

Doug VanderLaan received a travel grant to conduct his research to test longstanding evolutionary theories that attempt to account for male homosexuality. VanderLaan is conducting a cross-cultural assessment in Canada and Independent Somoa to test the female fecundity hypothesis, which holds that female relatives of homosexual men demonstrate increased reproductive success. VanderLaan hopes this research will examine how reproductive and non-conceptive sex influence family and population structure.

Nominate your colleagues for a $50,000 prize

The APF Cummings PSYCHE Prize recognizes an individual whose career as a primary-care provider has expanded the role of psychologists working side-by-side with primary-care physicians in health-care systems.

Nominees for the $50,000 prize must be licensed, practicing psychologists with a minimum of 10 years experience. They must work in an integrated primary-care setting that focuses on comprehensive medical delivery rather than a specialized program dealing with one disease or issue. Nominees must demonstrate a record of past accomplishment, as well as future plans to expand the acceptance of psychologists as behavioral care providers who work with physicians in primary health-care settings. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1. More information is available online.

Students: Apply for a child psychology research fellowship

APF is offering four $25,000 fellowships for graduate students who conduct research in child psychology. The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program supports scholarly work that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and learning in child psychology. To qualify for the fellowship, applicants must be doctoral candidates. In addition to the fellowships, two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to runners-up. The deadline is Nov. 15. More information is available online.

Nominate 2010 Gold Medal Award candidates

APF is accepting nominations for the 2010 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement and enduring contributions to psychology in four categories: life achievement in the science of psychology; life achievement in the application of psychology; application of psychology; and practice of psychology. All awardees receive a gold medal and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2010 Annual Convention, San Diego, Aug. 12–15, where the awards will be presented.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists age 65 or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award category and include a nomination statement that outlines the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and bibliography and letters of recommendation. All nomination materials should be coordinated by a chief nominator and sent in one package.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Send nominations by mail to APF Gold Medal Award at the APF address. More information is available online.

Do you know a top-notch teacher who deserves recognition?

APF invites nominations for the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, which honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology. The award is named after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose career-long devotion and contributions embody the purpose of the award.

Nominees must demonstrate exemplary performance as a classroom teacher, development of innovative curricula and effective teaching methods, teaching of advanced research methods, and practice in psychology or administrative facilitation of teaching.

The winner receives a plaque, $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid round trip to APA's 2010 Annual Convention where the award will be presented. The nomination deadline is Dec 1. More information is available online.

Upcoming APF deadlines


• Lizette Peterson Homer Grant (Oct. 1)


• 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)


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

• Gold Medal Awards (Dec. 1)

• Cummings PSYCHE Prize (Dec. 1)

For more information about APF's funding programs, visit APF online, or contact Idalia Ramos by e-mail or (202) 336-5814.