American Psychological Foundation

Studying risk and resilience among urban LGBTQ teens

APF has awarded Negin Ghavami, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, the $15,000 2013 Wayne F. Placek grant. The grant supports research that increases the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation and is aimed at alleviating the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million.

Ghavami is a postdoctoral scholar in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on the intersection of social, developmental and educational psychology. She investigates how stereotypes and prejudice based on sexual orientation, ethnicity and gender can lead to discrimination and, in turn, affect well-being. Ghavami seeks to identify factors that contribute to risk and resilience for well-being and academic achievement among urban, ethnically diverse LGBQ adolescents.

Using counseling psychology to help the LGBT community

This year's recipients of the 2013 APF Div. 17 Counseling Psychology Grants — Ji-yeon Lee, PhD, and Debbiesiu L. Lee, PhD — are working to make a difference in the lives of LGBT individuals seeking counseling. The Div. 17 grants sponsor a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing the science and practice of counseling psychology, including basic and applied research, literary and educational activities.

Ji-yeon Lee is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Seton Hall University. Her research examines the interplay between cultural factors and attachment relationships. Lee will use her $2,000 grant to examine how the intersection of sexual orientation, age and geographic location influences LGBT elders' caregiving and support seeking. This research will bring attention to the marginalized group's unique strengths and challenges in providing and receiving care, and will help reduce mental health issues for the LGBT elders in addition to promoting LGBT rights.

Debbiesiu L. Lee is an assistant professor in the educational and psychological studies department at the University of Miami. Her research explores how people cope with discrimination, the impact of multiple minority stress on mental and physical health, and issues related to race, gender and sexual orientation. With the $2,000 grant, Lee will use a daily-diary method to examine which coping strategies used by LGBT people are most effective at preventing discrimination-related outcomes across different contexts.

Since 1953, APF has been supporting innovative research and programs that launch careers and seed the knowledge base on critical issues around the globe. For more information, visit the APF website.

Giving back to psychology

Peter Nathan, PhD, knew from his college days that psychology would be an important part of his life. Over the course of his career, he has held prominent positions at Harvard University, Rutgers–The State University of New Jersey and the MacArthur Foundation.

Now a distinguished professor of psychology and public health emeritus at the University of Iowa, Nathan is giving back to the science that has meant so much to him by supporting APF's Campaign to Transform the Future.

"Teachers during my undergraduate days played the major role in convincing me that a career in psychology made sense for me," he says. "The mix of teaching, research and service was very appealing."

Nathan was also heavily influenced by psychologists who mentored him throughout his career. "Perhaps the most influential was Dr. William Bevan, with whom I worked for a couple of years at the MacArthur Foundation. His conviction that psychology could do worthwhile things and the integrity with which he did things were especially memorable."

Nathan supports the foundation through gifts as well as through his time and expertise. He is an integral part of APF's Campaign Leadership Cabinet, the group responsible for spearheading APF's current fundraising drive.

"Dr. David Barlow, who is on the APF Board, convinced me that I should try to help raise money for the Campaign to Transform the Future. His own commitment to the campaign, and his conviction that APF was doing great things, so impressed me that I couldn't say no."

Nathan is also impressed by APF's dedication to funding innovative work, as well as its strict adherence to best practices.

"Over time, I've gotten to have a good deal of confidence in APF staffers, especially [Executive Director] Lisa Straus, and to believe that APF really does do good things to facilitate the work of young researchers."

Since 1953, APF has been supporting innovative research and programs that launch careers and seed the knowledge base on critical issues around the globe. For more information, visit the APF website.

Upcoming deadlines


Jan. 1: Division 29 Early Career Award

Jan. 31: Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award


Feb. 1: Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

Feb. 15: Frances Culbertson Travel Grant

Feb. 15: Henry David Research and Travel Grants


March 1: Wayne F. Placek Grant

March 1: Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship

March 1: F.J. McGuigan Early Career Research Investigator Prize

For more information about APF's funding programs, visit APF, or contact APF Program Officer Samantha Edington (202) 336-5984.