American Psychological Foundation

Cantor donation to support women's leadership institute fund

APF's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund has been renamed the Dorothy W. Cantor APF Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund, thanks to a $70,000 donation by Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD, president of APF's Board of Trustees.

The fund will support the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, which encourages the development of women psychologists as leaders in practice, academic and research settings, as well as throughout APA and state, provincial and territorial psychological association governance. The institute also seeks to increase the diversity of women leaders in psychology. The institute hosts biannual workshops and regular webinars on leadership development.

Cantor plans to donate an additional $30,000 to the fund by the end of this year.

Grantee spotlight: Promoting psychology in high school

In 2007, Laura Rabin, PhD, of the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, used a $30,000 Pre-College Grant from APF to teach psychology to 60 college-bound minority students at nearby Brooklyn College Academy High School, which doesn't normally offer courses in psychological science. Students earned college credit for completing such courses as an introduction to psychology and abnormal psychology. The grant also supported mentoring opportunities for students on how to succeed in college, and allowed students to attend professional conferences and do fieldwork at nearby mental health facilities.

Rabin's project attracted interest among other local high schools looking to establish similar programs. Rabin also expanded the program at Brooklyn College Academy through a National Science Foundation Neuroscience Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant, which she used to bring talented, underrepresented minority undergraduate students from throughout New York City to work in neuroscience research labs at Brooklyn College.

"The benefits of this APF project have truly been significant and far-reaching," says Rabin. "It enabled me to connect with students and create challenging, yet supportive, learning environments that fostered students' intellectual and personal growth and contributed to my own development as an educator and mentor."

Students take flight: APF funds a summer aviation camp

A $20,000 APF Pre-College Grant is sending students from the Institute of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy in Cherry Creek, Colo., to a five-day camp this summer called "Aviation Psychology for Pilot Training."

Taking flightGrant winner Pamela Ansburg, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver, is hosting the camp with members of the college's aviation and aerospace department to teach students how stress, fear and other psychological variables can affect pilot performance, particularly in high-risk flight situations. The camp will use flight simulation technologies in laboratory experiments and bring in certified pilots for class projects.

The hope is that the camp will motivate science-oriented students to pursue careers in psychology, says APF Executive Director Elisabeth R. Straus.

The Pre-College Grants program is funded from the Esther Katz Rosen Fund, which was established in 1974 with a bequest from psychologist Esther Katz Rosen, PhD, who wanted the money to go toward the psychological understanding of gifted and talented students and adolescents.

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