Division Spotlight

Attend the 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summit

2013 National Multicultural Conference and SummitRegistration is open for the 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Jan. 17–18, in Houston, sponsored by Divs. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). The featured keynote speaker will be Joycelyn Elders, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General. Other speakers will discuss health disparities, immigration, violence and multicultural competency benchmarks, among other topics.

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students will sponsor opportunities for students to present research, network and seek mentoring. The organizing divisions will also honor nine trailblazers in multicultural psychology. Register at Multicultural Conference and Summit.

Apply for Div. 2 grants

Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) is accepting applications for its 2013 small grants, which support partnerships across teaching institutions. Grants can be used for inter-institutional research collaborations or for covering the costs of inter-institutional meetings. The program is open to Div. 2 members from four- or two-year institutions and high schools. For more information, contact Jessica Lakin. Read about past winners online.

Participate in joint Div. 2, 3 and 21 convention programming

Div. 3 (Experimental) is teaming with Divs. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) and 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering) on three symposia for APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4:

  • Psychological science and classroom learning.
  • Technology innovation and science education.
  • Gaming, training and lifelong learning (co-sponsored by Div. 20, Adult Development and Aging).

To participate or present research in any of these symposia, contact Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD or Paul Merrit, PhD.

Div. 13 launches APF fund

Div. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) has launched the Society of Consulting Psychology Fund through the American Psychological Foundation to advance empirical research on consulting and to enhance training for the current and next generations of consulting psychologists. Div. 13 plans to raise $100,000 for the fund over the next five years. The fund will also provide scholarships, awards and support for early career consulting psychologists. For more information, contact Lyne Desormeaux, PhD.

Div. 15 seeks new officers

Div. 15 (Educational) is seeking nominations for president-elect, treasurer, APA council representative and member-at-large. Only current Div. 15 members are eligible. The nomination deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, contact Marty Carr, PhD. The division is also offering free one-year memberships to all new members. To join, contact Anthony R. Artino, PhD.

Apply for Div. 15 awards

Div. 15 (Educational) is accepting nominations for its 2013 awards:

  • The Paul R. Pintrich Dissertation Award recognizes an outstanding dissertation completed within the last two years. The winner receives $1,500, a plaque and an opportunity to speak at APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4. Nominations are due Dec. 31. Send to Martin H. Jones, PhD.
  • The Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions honors an outstanding Div. 15 member who has completed his or her doctoral dissertation within the last 10 years. The winner receives $2,000, a plaque and an opportunity to speak at convention. Nominations are due Jan. 14. Send to Andrew Elliot, PhD.
  • The E.L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award recognizes original, empirically based research that contributes significantly to knowledge, theory or practice in educational psychology. The winner receives a $2,000 honorarium, a plaque and an opportunity to speak at convention. Nominations are due Jan. 1. Send to Eric Anderman, PhD.
  • Dissertation Research Awards support educational psychology doctoral students in collecting their dissertation data. The division awards two grants; each includes a $1,000 stipend. Applications are due May 1. Send to Martin H. Jones, PhD.
  • Early Career Research Awards provide $7,500 toward promising educational psychology research. Applications are due June 1. Send to Paul Schutz, PhD.

For more information on each, email Wade George or go to awards.

Div. 17 members win Beckman award

Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) members Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Sharon Horne, PhD, and Sandra Shulman, PhD, will receive Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Awards from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust on Nov. 10 at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Horne is an associate professor of counseling and school psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Boyd-Franklin is a professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Shulman is a consultant with the Executive Development Group in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes teachers who have inspired their students to do work that benefits the community.

Div. 18 creates a new section on serious mental illness

Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) has a new section on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance. The section will be a home for psychologists who promote optimal functioning in adults living with serious psychiatric disorders and children diagnosed with severe emotional disorders. For more information and to join, go to the new serious mental illness section.

Div. 18's police section honors members

The Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Police and Public Safety Section honored its outstanding members during the section's miniconference on Aug. 1 in Orlando in conjunction with APA's 2012 Annual Convention. The winners are:

  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Police and Public Safety Psychology: Herb Gupton, PhD;
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Police and Public Safety Psychology: Joel Fay, PsyD, and Mark Kamena, PhD;
  • Award for Outstanding Student Research in the Field of Police and Public Safety Psychology: Ryanne Colbert.

The section's next miniconference will be July 30 in Honolulu, just before APA's 2013 Annual Convention, July 31–Aug. 4.

Divs. 28 and 50 to host May conference in Atlanta

Div. 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) and Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) will co-host the conference "Biobehavioral Research and Implications for Practice," May 3–4, in Atlanta. Programming will focus on how advances in basic research, pharmacology, brain imaging and genetics can enhance addiction treatment and clinical outcomes. Discounted registration rates and travel awards for graduate students and early career attendees are available. For more information, contact Chad Rummel.

Learn to advocate effectively with Div. 31 resources

The website of Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) now offers resources to help its members improve their leadership and advocacy skills The site includes resources on how to be an effective advocate for psychology. Visit Div. 31 to learn about what health-care reform means for psychologists, and more.

Div. 32 seeks conference proposals

Div. 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) is accepting proposals for its sixth annual conference, "Community in Difference: Cultivating a Home for Love and Justice in an Indifferent World," to be held Feb. 28–March 3, at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Conference attendance is limited to 200 participants. For more information, visit Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference. The division also welcomes proposals for its APA 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu programming track, "Multiple Voices, Multiple Stories, Multiple Selves: Human Diversity and the Humanistic Vision." To find out more, contact Louis Hoffman, PhD.

Div. 46 changes its name

Div. 46 has changed its name to the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. The division made the change to clarify its long-standing mission to advance the practice and science of both media communications psychology and technology. Join online.

Div. 50 will spotlight how brain research helps clinicians

Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) seeks submissions that fit the theme "Applying Clinical Neuroscience to Addiction Psychology" for APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4. The division offers 25 merit-based travel awards for psychologists at all career stages, particularly for speakers who will address how brain function or dysfunction can promote or impede successful behavior change, and what it means for therapy. All clinical neuroscience topics are welcome, including neuroimaging, neurogenetics and neuropsychological assessment. For more information, contact Div. 50.