American Psychological Foundation
Join APF in Honolulu
APF is hosting a series of distinguished presentations and speakers during APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31-Aug. 4. They include:
- "Leadership, Mentoring, Service and How Psychology Can Save America from Itself," the Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology by Jeffrey Barnett, PhD, of Loyola University Maryland and a licensed psychologist in practice in Maryland. He is a past president of the Maryland Psychological Association and of three APA divisions. Aug. 2, 10-10:50 a.m.
- "American Psychological Foundation Grants and Scholarships," an information session with APF Executive Director/Executive Vice President Elisabeth Straus and Program Officer Samantha Edington. Attendees will learn about the foundation's more than 40 funding opportunities. Aug. 2, 10-10:50 a.m.
- The 2013 Spielberger EMPathy Symposium will feature three talks: "Interactions Between Working Memory and Emotion, Motivation and Personality: An Individual Differences Perspective" by Akira Miyake, PhD, of the University of Colorado; "Taking Developmental Perspectives on Personality Traits Seriously," by M. Brent Donnellan, PhD, of Michigan State University; and "The Role of Personality in the Etiology and Course of Alcoholism," by Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, of the University of Missouri. Aug. 2, 10-11:50 a.m.
- "Up from Stupid: Educating and Elevating American Children," the Esther Katz Rosen Lecture on Gifted Children and Adolescents by Joshua Aronson, PhD, of New York University. Aronson, a research scientist at NYU's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, is best known for his research on stereotype threat and minority-student achievement. Aug. 2, 11-11:50 a.m.
- "Giving Moral Voice to ‘Intelligence Professionals of Conscience,'" the Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture on the Psychological Study of Social Issues by Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, a social psychologist and oral historian. Aug. 3, noon-12:50 p.m.
- "Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities: Sense and Nonsense," the Arthur W. Staats Lecture on Unifying Psychology by Diane Halpern, PhD, of Claremont McKenna College. Halpern is a past APA president. Aug. 3, noon-12:50 p.m.
APF awards $10,000 scholarship to students studying microaggressions
Psychology graduate students Melody Schaff and Goldie VanHeel are the first to receive the $10,000 annual Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship. The scholarship supports graduate work to increase the public's understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults who live with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.
Schaff and VanHeel — both students at of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University — plan to use the funding to study the effects of microaggression — verbal, behavioral or environmental insults or messages — on women with physical disabilities, as well as another minority status, such as being lesbian, bisexual, transgender or a woman of color.
Schaff is a first-year doctoral student and a practicum trainee at Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley, Calif., where she works with families with disabilities. As a student with multiple sclerosis, she brings a firsthand point of view to disability research.
VanHeel is a practicum trainee at Conard House in San Francisco, which treats clients with high dysfunction and dual diagnoses, who often have a history of substance abuse.
Upcoming APF deadlines
- Oct. 1: APF/AAPA Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship
- Oct. 1: Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship
For more information on APF's funding programs, please visit APF or contact Samantha Eddington, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5984.
Steven Breckler, PhD
Executive Director of APA's Science Directorate, Steven Breckler, PhD, has devoted his career to the field of psychology. Formerly a psychology professor and director of the National Science Foundation's social psychology and Science of Learning Centers programs, Breckler explains why he believes in supporting the profession through gifts to APF:
"The values of APF are my values, too. By supporting the work of graduate students, early career psychologists, educators and researchers, APF helps to create a bright future for the discipline of psychology."
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