American Psychological Foundation
Apply for Diane J. Willis Early Career Award
APF is accepting nominations for the $2,000 APF/Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) Diane J. Willis Early Career Award, which supports talented psychologists who are informing, advocating for and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families, particularly through policy and service.
The goals of the award are to:
- Advance public understanding of mental health and improve the well-being of children and families through policy and service and
- Encourage promising early career psychologists to continue work in this area.
The award honors psychologist Diane J. Willis, PhD, a professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Child Study Center, who has advocated for children's rights at the state, national and international levels. Submit nominations by Jan. 31. For more information, contact Parie Kadir or go to Diane J. Willis Early Career Award.
Student spotlight: Travel is broadening
University of California, Riverside, graduate student Gazi Begum learned from members of Div. 16 (School) and other school psychologists at APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., thanks to a $1,000 APF Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant. By talking to seasoned psychologists at the convention, Begum developed a more multidisciplinary perspective on her dissertation, which focuses on parenting practices and maternal depression among Caucasian and Latina mothers of children with and without developmental delays.
"I learned and collaborated on ways to enhance cultural awareness as well as cultural sensitivity within Div. 16, APA and the profession of psychology at large," she says.
The Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant program supports students seeking careers in school psychology by helping offset costs of attending APA's Annual Convention. For more information, go to APF Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant. The next application deadline is April 15.
Barbara S. Held wins Gittler Award
APF has presented Barbara S. Held, PhD, with the $10,000 Joseph B. Gittler Award for her research and publications on philosophical psychology, much of which critiques the tenets of positive psychology. Held, a clinical and theoretical/philosophical psychologist at Bowdoin College, is the author of the book "Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining," which promotes the idea that a certain amount of negative thinking is healthy. In 2008, she served as president of Div. 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology).
Past winners of the Gittler Award include Daniel Kahneman, PhD, Louis Sass, PhD, and Jerome Bruner, PhD.
APF established the award through a generous bequest from sociologist Joseph B. Gittler, PhD. To learn more about the award, go to Joseph B. Gittler Award. The next nomination deadline is June 1.
Upcoming APF deadlines
Dec. 1: Henry David Travel Grant
Dec. 31: Pearson Early Career Grant
For more information on APF's grants and scholarships, please contact Parie Kadir, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5984.
Dr. Jennifer Kelly: Why I support APF
"It is important for me to know that my resources will be used to make a difference in people's lives, to improve the human condition, to address ways to improve the mental health of underserved populations and uplift the next generation of psychologists. I know that APF has funded research that has made that difference in early career psychologists' lives and in the interventions that came out of the important research. That is why I freely, without hesitation, support the foundation."
Help for widowed mothers
In 2002, APF gave Columbia University's Beatrice Beebe, PhD, a $10,000 Visionary Grant to assemble a team of mental health professionals to form the 9/11 Mothers and Young Children Project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The project continues to help these families develop strong bonds by offering pro bono therapy and mother-child bonding interventions.
"It has been the most exhausting, wrenching and rewarding work that any of us have done," says Beebe. Learn more about the project online.
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