Thanks to the generosity of APF patrons, the foundation presented more than $700,000 in grants and scholarships last year.
At a "Friends of the Foundation" reception held during APA's 2009 Annual Convention, the American Psychological Foundation honored its top patrons for their substantial donations in 2009.
"Last year, we gave more than $700,000 in grants and scholarships that will establish and build careers, increase the body of psychological knowledge, and change the course of lives for generations to come," said APF President Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD. The reception honored APF's many donors, including those who rather than money, gave their time by serving on a foundation committee.
The foundation thanked David Myers, PhD, and his wife Carol, who pledged $200,000 in 2008. Three others were recognized for giving $25,000 or more: Steven Ungerleider, PhD; Asher Pacht, PhD (whose cumulative gifts total more than $50,000), and Mrs. Celest Pearsall (whose cumulative gifts are more than $75,000).
Several others were honored for giving $10,000: Barry S. Anton, PhD; the APA Insurance Trust; Charles L. Brewer, PhD; Harry Levinson, PhD, and Mrs. Miriam Levinson; Pearson; the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation; The Turrell Fund; W. Bruce Walsh, PhD; and Diane J. Willis, PhD.
"Without you, we would never be able to make the scholarships and grants that we are all so proud of," Cantor said.
APF also announced the winners of this year's $50,000 APF Cummings PSYCHE Prize: Anne E. Kazak, PhD, a psychologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor and director of psychology research in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine department of pediatrics.
Kazak plans to use the award to further develop health-care information for patients, families and providers, including a book on the integration of psychological science and practice in pediatrics and a Web site that would offer continuing education for physicians and nurses on trauma care for children.
The Cummings prize is co-sponsored by APF and The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation. The Cummings Foundation will be honoring Kazak at a banquet in Philadelphia in October.