American Psychological Foundation

Philosophy pioneer takes third Gittler award

Louis Sass, PhD, of Rutgers University, has won the 2010 Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation in recognition of his longstanding commitment to using philosophy to advance psychology research and scholarship. The Gittler award is a $10,000 prize for psychologists who study the philosophical foundations of psychology. Sass is a professor in the department of clinical psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers and one of the leading experts on the intersection of psychology and philosophy.

Sass was president of APA’s Div. 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts) in 1998 and of Div. 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) in 2006. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and the Fulbright Foundation.

The late sociologist Joseph B. Gittler established the annual award through a $250,000 bequest to APF. Gittler, who held faculty positions at Duke University and the University of Rochester, valued philosophy’s role in informing research.

The deadline for applying for the 2011 Gittler Award is June 1.

Vaschenko will study teen parenting with APF grant

The American Psychological Foundation has chosen Maryna Vaschenko, a PhD candidate at Tufts University, as the 2011 recipient of the APF Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Prevention Grant, an annual award of up to $5,000 for research on injury prevention in children and adolescents. Vaschenko will use the grant to study how teen mothers cope with parenting stress and how to reduce incidents of child abuse and neglect among these mothers.

Specifically, Vaschenko will interview teen mothers to identify coping strategies that prevent child maltreatment. She will also evaluate whether teen mothers who participate in a home-visiting program — a health promotion and positive parenting model that was included in health-care reform — learn to cope more effectively.

The Peterson-Homer grant is co-sponsored by APA’s Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). The deadline for applying for the 2012 grant is Oct. 1.

Upcoming APF deadlines

May 2011

June 2011


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