American Psychological Foundation
APF-funded research will expand on revered educational theory
Can Kenneth and Mamie Clark's groundbreaking 1950s research help explain today's educational achievement gap? Michael Strambler, PhD, of the Yale University School of Medicine hopes to find out with the inaugural $10,000 APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Early Career Grant.
On average, black and Hispanic students underperform by about two grade levels compared with their white peers, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress. Using the Clarks' concept of "sense of self," Strambler is exploring how ethnic minority students' perceived social status, community and school affect how they view themselves academically, and how this in turn affects academic outcomes. Strambler will be collecting data from eighth-grade students to test whether social status impacts academic performance via academic identification and alternative identification.
This year's Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant will support a graduate student.
APF grant supports longitudinal research on adoption and same-sex couples
Thanks to a $15,000 Wayne F. Placek grant, Rachel Farr, PhD, is continuing the first longitudinal comparison of adoptive families between lesbian or gay and heterosexual parents with school-age children.
The APF Placek grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people experience now and in the future.
Farr, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is studying the adjustment of children adopted by same-sex couples to inform policy debates about whether prospective parents' sexual orientation should be considered when screening adoptive families.
Farr's work has important ramifications for the more than 100,000 U.S. children waiting to be adopted.
Upcoming APF deadlines
March 1: Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship
March 1: Esther Katz Rosen Early Career Grant
March 1: Wayne F. Placek Grants
April 1: Counseling Psychology Grants
May 1: Pre-College Psychology Grant
May 1: Visionary Grants
May 1: Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant
For more information on APF's grants and scholarships, please contact Parie Kadir, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5984.
A longtime advocate for professional psychology, Stanley R. Graham, PhD, will help to solidify psychology's future with his recent gift of $12,000 to the APF Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice Next Generation Fund. Graham — past president of APA, winner of the 1998 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology, and a fellow of five APA divisions — is helping to ensure that practitioner psychologists will get the best possible start in their careers.
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