American Psychological Foundation

Lopez earns counseling prize

Frederick G. Lopez, PhDFrederick G. Lopez, PhD, has won the 2011 APF/Div. 17 Counseling Psychology grant, a $2,000 award. Lopez will use the funds to further his applied research on attachment security among older adults: how connected older adults feel to the friends and family members they depend on for care and assistance.

Lopez, a professor in the counseling psychology program at the University of Houston, will use the grant to create a Late Adult Attachment Scale that clinicians can use to assess attachment security in their older adult clients.

A former Fulbright Scholar to Portugal, Lopez is one of the most prolific and cited scholars in adult attachment relationships.

Applications for the 2012 APF/Div. 17 Counseling Psychology grant are due April 1.

Dickstein wins $5,000 to study therapy stigma among veterans

Benjamin DicksteinBenjamin Dickstein of Boston University has won APF's 2011 Violet and Cyril Franks scholarship. Dickstein, a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program, will put the $5,000 scholarship toward his research on whether motivational videos and interviews can help reduce stigma about seeking therapy for alcoholism among military veterans.

Dickstein's research embodies the goal of the APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, which supports graduate-level psychology research to help understand and reduce stigma, a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for people with mental illness.

Applications for the 2012 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship are due May 15.

Meet the travel and research award winners

APF has awarded one psychologist and three graduate students its 2011 Henry P. David Travel and Research grants, which support work on human reproductive behavior and population studies. Travel grant winners are given $1,500 toward travel to present their research; research grant awardees are given $1,500 toward their ongoing research. The winners are:

  • Tamsen Rochat, PhD, a senior clinical psychologist at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, will use her grant to present her findings on depression among pregnant women living in an HIV-prevalent town in rural South Africa at the 10th International AIDS IMPACT Conference in Santa Fe, N.M.

  • Heather Adams, a graduate student at California State University, Stanislaus, will use her grant to present her findings on how fertility affects women's sexual behavior at the 2012 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Diego.

  • Michelle Leve, a graduate student at The New School for Social Research, will use her grant to study how such factors as compensation and identity release affect women's decisions about egg donation.

  • Angela Pirlott, a graduate student at Arizona State University, will put her grant toward her study of how the sex ratio of a population affects people's sexual behavior.

Applications for the 2012 Henry P. David Travel and Research Grants are due Feb. 15.

Apply now for the Pearson Early Career Grant

APF is seeking applications for the Pearson Early Career Grant, an annual $12,000 award that funds an early career clinician's work in an area of critical societal need. Examples of such need include innovative scientifically based clinical work with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless people, children with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness.

Pearson, the world's leading producer of educational materials and technology, partners with APF to offer the annual grant to support early career psychologists devoting their careers to underserved populations. Applicants must have earned their doctorates from accredited universities within the last seven years.

The application deadline is Dec. 31.

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For more information on APF's grants and scholarships, please contact program officer Parie Kadir at (202) 336-5984.