American Psychological Foundation

Child safety study explores unintentional injuries

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children. To help examine the risk factors that occur when younger children are being cared for by their older siblings, APF awarded Keri Brown Kirschman, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Dayton in Ohio, the $5,000 APF Lizette Peterson Homer Injury Prevention Grant.

Working with graduate student Cassandra Dodds, Kirschman will observe sibling characteristics such as age and gender that relate to vigilant supervision of a younger child in a room with simulated hazards. The team will examine the supervisory behavior of the older sibling in correlation with the younger child’s injury risk behaviors. The researchers hope this laboratory-based study will lead to a better understanding of the factors that play a role in unsafe sibling supervision that may lead to home injury for young children.

The Lizette Peterson Homer Injury Prevention Grant supports research on the psychological and behavioral aspects of injury prevention in children and adolescents.

Apply for the Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship

APF seeks applications for the $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship, which supports activities related to the psychological understanding of gifted and talented children and adolescents. Applicants must be graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy. Students may apply before having passed their qualifying exams, but they must prove they have advanced to doctoral candidacy.

Students must be in good academic standing at a university in the United States or Canada. The home institution of the selected fellow must provide a tuition waiver. Apply by March 1. For more information, visit Ester Katz Rosen Graduate Student Fellowships.

Advance the public’s understanding of homosexuality

Two $15,000 Wayne F. Placek Grants support scientific research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations. The grants support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.

APF especially encourages grant proposals for empirical studies that address the following topics: heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons, including prejudice, discrimination and violence; family and workplace issues relevant to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons; and subgroups of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research.

Applicants must be either doctoral-level researchers or graduate students affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. APF encourages graduate students and early career researchers to apply. Apply by March 1. For more information, visit Wayne F. Placek Grants.

Apply for a Visionary or Weiss grant

The APF Visionary and Weiss grants seek to seed innovation by supporting research, education and intervention projects that use psychology to solve social problems in APF’s four priority areas: understanding and fostering the connection between mental and physical health to ensure well-being; reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony; understanding and preventing violence to promote unity and harmony; and supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.

One-year Visionary grants are available, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. In addition, a $10,000 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant is available for any program that falls within APF’s priority areas. Applicants for both grants must be affiliated with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Apply by March 15.

Grant defrays costs for students to attend APA’s convention

The APF Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant provides support of up to $1,000 to defer the costs of registration, lodging and travel for APA Div. 16 (School) student members attending APA’s Annual Convention in San Diego, Aug. 12–15. Applicants should submit an application, a letter of recommendation, a 500-word essay and a curriculum vitae online at Paul E. Henkin Psychology Travel Grant.

The application deadline is April 15.

Nominate an exceptional health psychologist

APF is accepting nominations for the 2010 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for an outstanding commitment to the field of clinical health psychology. The $3,000 award is made possible by Louise Jeffrey, PhD, to honor her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey, PhD.

The award recognizes outstanding commitment by a full-time provider of direct clinical services to the field of clinical health psychology. Nominees must spend a minimum of 15–20 hours a week in direct, face-to-face patient care, in assessment or therapy, in individual or group settings. Applicants must be fully licensed and members of APA and APA Div. 38 (Health).

The deadline is May 1. For nomination information, visit Health Psychology.

Support psychology in high schools

APF’s Pre-College Grant Program provides up to $20,000 to support programs that promote psychology as a science at the high school level. The program reinforces psychology as a science in secondary schools, attracts talented high school students to the field, conveys to high school students that psychological science is a tool to improve society, and teaches students about career options that apply psychology outside of an academic setting. Proposals for programs must focus on supporting the education of talented high school students. For application information, visit Pre-College Grant Program. Apply by May 1.

Apply for stigma research grant

Students: APF seeks proposals for graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. APF will award the $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship in 2010 to a graduate student in psychology who is enrolled full time and is in good standing at an accredited university.

The deadline is May 15. Applicants are required to submit a proposal, letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser and a curriculum vitae online at APF grants. For more information, visit Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship.


Upcoming APF deadlines


  • F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize: March 1

  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: March 1

  • Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships: March 1

  • Visionary and Weiss Grants Program: March 15


  • Counseling Psychology Grants: April 1

  • Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize: April 15

  • 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

For more information about APF’s funding programs, visit American Psychological Foundation or contact Kim Palmer Rowsome at email or (202) 336-5622.