Division Spotlight

Div. 1 Seeks Nominations for 2012 Honors

Div. 1 (Society for General Psychology) seeks nominations for its awards for 2012:

  • The William James Book Award honors a recent book that best serves to further the goals of the division by providing outstanding examples of the effort to bring together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines.

  • The Ernest R. Hilgard Award for a career contribution to general psychology recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the division's ideals and mission.

  • The George A. Miller Award for an outstanding recent article in general psychology recognizes a recent paper that contributes to the division's ideals and mission.

  • The division also welcomes nominations for the Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology, a talk to be presented at the 2013 APA Annual Convention. This award honors an individual who has made contributions toward integrating the diverse subfields for the integration of psychology.

The above award winners each receive a certificate and a $1,000 prize.

  • The Anne Anastasi General Psychology Graduate Student Award will recognize two outstanding students (one in the first two years of graduate work and one who has completed two years of graduate work) based on the students vitae and research plan, plus a supporting letter from the students advisor. The winner will receive a $300 prize.

Criteria on each award is available online. Nominations and supporting materials are due Feb. 15. Self-nominations are welcome.

Div. 13 hosts conference in Pasadena in February

APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) is offering up to $500 in travel funds through its Faculty Development Small Grants Program.

The program is open only to Div. 2 members who are enrolled in a psychology PhD program or who are psychology faculty members with no more than four years of full-time teaching experience. Priority is given to first-time recipients. Grantees can use funds to attend psychology teaching conferences, with regional conference attendance encouraged. The division will fund 10 to 12 grants, with a maximum award of $500 per grant.

For more details, go to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Apply for Div. 15 Pintrich Dissertation Award

Div. 15 (Educational) seeks applications for its Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award for a completed dissertation in the area of educational psychology.

The award includes a $500 cash stipend, a plaque of recognition, an invitation to present the winner's research at APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu and up to $1,000 for the recipient's travel and registration expenses for the convention.

Applicants must be members, affiliates or student members of the division and have final doctoral committee approval between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011. Application information can be found on the APA Div. 15 website. Applications are due by Dec. 31.

Div. 17 forms a group religious and spiritual issues

Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) members are supporting the continuation of the division's Special Interest Group on Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counseling Psychology. Members interested in this group met at APA's 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to encourage the interchange of ideas regarding religion and spirituality's intersection with counseling psychology, among other topics. The group plans to have further discussions on advancing research and practice related to religious and spiritual issues in counseling psychology and across other divisions. For more information about this group, contact Christine E. Agaibi, PhD.

Community practice journal seeks contributions

Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and members of other psychological associations from around the world have launched a new publication: The Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. The journal seeks contributions from community practitioners in many fields, including community psychology, but also including community development, public health, community organizing and others. The journal's primary language is English, although they can publish other languages as well. Articles are a mix of peer-reviewed (e.g., articles and tools) and non-peer-reviewed (e.g., submissions from section editors for videos, book reviews and interviews). The journal has published four issues so far, which can be viewed on its website.

Watch Div. 35 documentary on modern-day slavery

APA's Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) has created a 30-minute documentary to raise awareness of people affected by human trafficking. The film is also a useful tool for clinical training for practitioners who may work with people who are leaving trafficking.