American Psychological Foundation

Robinson wins Gittler prize

Psychologist Daniel N. Robinson, PhD, has received the $10,000 APF Joseph B. Gittler Award in recognition of his research career in the philosophy and history of psychology.

Robinson has taught in the Oxford University philosophy department since 1991. He has written 17 books on philosophy and is past-president of Divs. 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) and 26 (Society for the History of Psychology). Both divisions have presented him with lifetime achievement awards.

"It is a great honor to be so acknowledged and to be in the company of past winners Jerome Bruner, Daniel Kahneman and Louis Sass," says Robinson. APF presents the Gittler award annually to a scholar whose work makes significant contribution to psychology's philosophical foundations. For more information on the prize, visit APF Joseph B. Gittler Award.

Tumlinson wins research and travel grants

Graduate student Katherine Tumlinson is the 2012 recipient of the Henry David Travel and Research Grants, two grants of $1,500 each that fund student and early career research on human reproductive behavior and population studies.

Tumlinson is a doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology and a pre-doctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will use the $3,000 to travel to Kenya and conduct research on the association between family planning service quality and contraceptive use in urban areas in Kenya. For more information on the grants, visit the Henry David Travel and Research Grants.

Grantee Spotlight: Stress and the working mother

In 2005, Anna Gassman-Pines, PhD, used her $25,000 APF Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Student Fellowship to complete her dissertation research on how low-income mothers' work demands affect their children's behavior.

Gassman-Pines found that both very high and very low workload days for these mothers strained interactions with their children and resulted in children's behavior problems. She also found that children's behavior suffered when mothers had to work nights or had stressful encounters with supervisors.

"Conversely, the more supervisor recognition a mother experienced, the fewer behavior problems and the more positive behaviors her child displayed both on the same day and the next day," she says.

Gassman-Pines, who is now an assistant professor of public policy and psychology and neuroscience at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, presented her APF-funded research at four national conferences and published two peer-reviewed journal articles on the work. The research also earned her a Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Child Development.

"It all started with the Koppitz Fellowship," she says. "It served as a crucial platform and support for my research career."

For more information on the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowships, visit the website.

Upcoming APF deadlines

June

For more information on APF's funding programs, visit APF or contact Parie Kadir at (202) 336-5984.