American Psychological Foundation

APF recognizes clinical psychologists

Every day, people who suffer from borderline personality disorder struggle to control their moods and actions. E. David Klonsky, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, is striving to find new ways to help these people in his work as director of the school’s Personality, Behavior and Emotion Lab. APF and Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) gave Klonsky the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for his outstanding work as a clinician and researcher who investigates borderline personality disorder, self-injury and its mental health implications. Klonsky’s work has included research on the rise in self-injury among these clients and he has published several resources to aid practitioners and improve mental health services for clients with this disorder. Klonsky has has also worked to arm clinicians with the newest research findings through his blog.

APF awards the annual Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award to a clinical psychologist who is within the first 10 years of receiving his or her doctorate. The award honors Blau’s lifetime contributions to clinical psychology.

APF and Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) also recognized the efforts of Brent W. Roberts, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roberts received the 2010 Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology for his research, which aims to understand the patterns of continuity and change in personality throughout adulthood, including the power of personality to predict real-life behaviors.

Roberts’s work has made significant contributions to personality research methodology, including improving the ability to predict health and performance. He has also studied how substance abuse affects personality traits. Roberts has played a substantial role in encouraging junior investigators to enter the personality psychology field, which has vastly strengthened the research pool.

APF gives the Millon award annually to an outstanding mid-career psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology. The award honors Millon for his pioneering work in this area.

APF will present the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award and Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology at APA’s Annual Convention, Aug. 12–15, in San Diego.

APF is accepting proposals for its $10,000 Disaster Relief Grant

The grant seeks to foster resilience and healing for individuals and communities affected by disasters. Preference will be given to:

  • Innovative research-driven pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies.

  • Demonstration projects that promise to generalize broadly to similar settings in other geographical areas.

Apply by Nov. 1. For more information, contact Kim Palmer Rowsome at by e-mail or (202) 336-5622.

Upcoming APF deadlines

 June 2010

  • Benton-Meier Scholarships: June 1

  • Robert Fantz Scholarship: June 1

  • Joseph B. 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 American Psychological Foundation or contact Kim Palmer Rowsome by e-mail or (202) 336-5622.

—J. Clark