Division Spotlight

Div. 2 to host best practices conference in October

"Best Practices in Teaching Psychology"APA Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) is accepting proposals for symposia, workshops and posters for its "Best Practices in Teaching Psychology" conference Oct. 12–13 in Atlanta. Keynote speakers include Arthur Aron, PhD, on "Making Stats Students' Favorite Course—and for the Right Reasons" Scott Bates, PhD, on "The Three Faces of a Methods/ Stats Instructor: Salesperson, Lawyer and Comic" and Gary Lewandowski, PhD, and Natalie Cicarocco, PhD, on "It All Starts with a Question: A New Perspective on Teaching Methodology." Proposals are due June 15. For more information, visit Teach Psych.

SPSSI conference coming in June

Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues–SPSSI) will hold its ninth biennial conference, "Changing Societies: Learning from and for Research, Social Action and Policy," June 21–24 in Charlotte, N.C. Presentations will include insights on how to develop public policy based on science as well as mentoring sessions and receptions for graduate students and international attendees. Conference participants can also volunteer with a community-based organization in Charlotte. Register online

Ready your practice with Div. 12's free toolkit

Starting a private practice? Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) has created a "Clinician's Toolkit," a free collection of forms every clinician needs, including health-care release forms, intake templates, group and one-on-one therapy progress notes forms and more. Forms can be printed, copied and distributed. Psychologists can submit ideas for other toolkit items.

Div. 15 names its early career grant winners

Div. 15 (Educational) has presented five members with Early Career Research Awards, $7,500 grants that support promising educational psychology research. The 2011 winners are:

  • Timothy Curby, PhD, of George Mason University, for his project, "Teachers' Global Quality and Children's Development of Emotional Competence in Preschool."

  • Bridget Hatfield, PhD, of the University of Virginia, for her project, "Preschool Children's Adaptations of the Stress-Response System Following a Teacher-Child Relationship Focused Intervention."

  • Jung-In Kim, PhD, of the University of Colorado, Denver, for her project, "Identifying the Socio-cultural Influence of Parents, Teachers and Society on Children's Identity Construction and Achievement Motivation to Learn Korean Heritage Language."

  • Kelly A. Rodgers, PhD, of City University of New York, for her project, "Rethinking the African-American Cultural Self: The Case of Academic Self-Concept."

  • Dana Wood, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, for her project, "A Longitudinal Investigation of Poverty, Discrimination, and Educational Outcomes Among Urban Minority Late Adolescents."

The deadline for the 2012 Early Career Research Awards is June 1. For more information, visit Division 15 Awards. Send applications electronically to Paul Schutz, PhD, at the University of Texas San Antonio.

Apply for Div. 19 research funding

Div. 19 (Society for Military Psychology) welcomes applications for its Research Grant Program, which offers awards of up to $5,000 for studies that advance the science of military psychology. Any member of the division is eligible. Applications are due May 30. Send applications to Kelly Ervin, PhD at with your name and award name in the subject line of the email. The division will notify winners by June 30.

Div. 29 award honors Johnson

Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) has presented Charles Gelso, PhD, and Clara Hill, PhD, of the University of Maryland, with the first $20,000 Norine Johnson Psychotherapy Research Grant. The two will use the grant to study how training, attachment styles and countertransference foster the development of effective psychotherapists. The division established the annual award in memory of APA Past-President Norine Johnson, PhD. See the division website for more information.

Join a Div. 31 task force

Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) seeks members for two task forces:

  • The Early Career Psychology Task Force promotes leadership and advocacy skills among new psychologists. Among other projects, the task force is publishing blogs about issues that affect early career psychologists. To join the task force or post on the blog, contact task force chair Shannon Kellogg, PsyD.

  • The Health Care Reform Task Force is tackling health-care reform issues that affect psychologists at the state and federal levels. Its goal is to share information on how to sustain roles for psychologists in health care and publicize successful leadership and advocacy efforts. To join, contact task force chair Cynthia Sturm, PhD.

For more information on Div. 31 task forces, visit the website.

Div. 32 to spotlight DSM-5 protest

Div. 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) is sponsoring three events on the controversy surrounding the proposed revisions to the DSM-5 at APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2–5. The division will host a symposium and a conversation hour on the topic, as well as an interdivisional event featuring short talks by several APA division presidents on why they support Div. 32's petition against the proposed DSM-5 changes. APA Past-president Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, will provide opening remarks at the interdivisional event. Div. 32 will announce the time and date for these events on its website in early May. Read the Div. 32 petition.

Volunteer for a Div. 37 task force

Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) has two task forces under way:

  • The Task Force on Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents and their Families, chaired by Ric Steele, PhD, of the University of Kansas, is reviewing the pediatric, public health and psychological literature on health promotion and barriers to identify opportunities for psychologists to draft recommendations and take action.

  • The Task Force on Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Their Families, chaired by Linda Reddy, PhD, of the University of Arizona, is synthesizing research on diagnoses and treatments for these children and adolescents and preparing a research agenda for addressing their needs, including a list of resources that practitioners and investigators should develop.

For more information on these or other division activities, contact Amy Green, PhD, (division membership chair) or Maggie Stevenson, PhD (section membership chair).  

Div. 43 to host CE workshop

Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) and APA are co-sponsoring an all-day continuing-education workshop on "Treating Difficult Cases of Sexual and Marital Problems," on Aug. 1, before APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Marriage therapists David Schnarch, PhD, and Ruth Morehouse, PhD, will lead the case-based workshop, which will integrate sex and marital therapy, brain science and interpersonal neurobiology. For more information, contact the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology.   

Div. 43 offers therapy award

The Society for Family Psychology (Div. 43) seeks nominations for its James W. Maddock Award, which honors outstanding teaching in sexuality or sex therapy at the doctoral level. There is no monetary prize with the award. The division is also offering a $250 graduate student prize for a research or demonstration project on sexuality. The deadline for both awards is June 10. For more information, visit Division 43's website.  

Apply for Div. 48 honors

Div. 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence) welcomes nominations for three awards. Winners are invited to lecture at APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4:

  • The Ralph K. White Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes accomplishments in peace studies that inspire the next generation of psychologists. The prize is $1,000.

  • The Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award, which recognizes achievement in integrating theory and practice in conflict resolution. The prize is $1,000.

  • The Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award, which recognizes someone whose work exemplifies practice grounded in peace psychology principles or has contributed to the establishment of peace psychology principles at any level of society. There is no monetary prize with the award.

Awards are open to anyone. Nominations should include a curriculum vitae and a 300-word nomination letter. Send nominations via email to the APA Div. 48 Awards Committee, c/o Deborah Fish Ragin, PhD. The nomination deadline is June 15. Awards will be announced at APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando.

Div. 54 to highlight childhood obesity at convention

Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) will sponsor the symposium "Addressing Obesity and Health Disparities in the Nation's Children" at APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Aug. 2–5. The division will also feature skill-building sessions on treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children and assessing and treating pediatric chronic pain. For the full schedule of Div. 54 events at the convention, go online.

Share news with Div. 56

Div. 56 (Trauma) is accepting submissions for the fall 2012 issue of its "Trauma Psychology Newsletter." The deadline is Sept. 15. Submit items to Simon A. Rego, PsyD, editor, and Renu Aldrich, associate editor. More information is available online.