American Psychological Foundation

APF honors Dean Keith Simonton with Joseph B. Gittler Award

APF awarded Dean Keith Simonton, PhD, the $10,000 APF Joseph B. Gittler Award, given each year for the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge.

Simonton, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, has more than 460 publications concerning genius, creativity, leadership, talent, and aesthetics. Past recipients of the Gittler award include Barbara S. Held, PhD, of Bowdoin College; Daniel N. Robinson, PhD, of Oxford University; Louis Sass, PhD, of Rutgers University; Daniel Kahneman, PhD, of Princeton University; and Jerome S. Bruner, PhD, of New York University.

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, please visit the APF Web pages.

APF award supporting Asian and Asian-American children's social and emotional development

APF and the Asian-American Psychological Association have given Joey Fung, PhD, its 2013 AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship.

Fung, a psychology professor at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, studies cultural and familial influences on children's social and emotional development, with an emphasis on Asian and Asian-American families. She is interested in how cultural beliefs about parental control shape parenting practices and in turn impact child adjustment. Her research includes work on patterns of risk and resilience in Beijing migrant children; the dissemination of school-based mindfulness interventions for adolescents; and enhancing interventions for ethnic-minority children and adolescents with anxiety.

The AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship provides $20,000 annually to support psychology's efforts to benefit the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community through research, training, and service/practice. For more information on the award, visit Okura Fellowship.

Investing in the next generation of women leaders in psychology

Pamela Reid, PhD, president of The University of Saint Joseph, has spent her career mentoring and encouraging underserved students, particularly students of color. With a $15,000 gift to the APF Dorothy W. Cantor Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) Fund, she will broaden her mentorship role by ensuring that women psychologists receive the support they need to excel in the field. The APF LIWP Fund will help midcareer female psychologists develop leadership skills to advance in academics, clinical positions and other professional settings.

Reid is supporting the Dorothy W. Cantor LIWP Fund as a way to "pay it forward" to the next generation of female psychologists. "I wanted to recognize the support that I have received over the years from my colleagues in Div. 35, the Society for Women in Psychology," she says. "Additionally, I wanted to give back by investing in the program that is designed to support young women today and into the future."

As a first-generation college student, Reid knows the difference that support and encouragement from mentors can provide. Ensuring that young female psychologists receive the same kind of guidance she was fortunate to receive was an integral reason she chose to generously donate to APF, and she encourages others to do the same. "Consider the mentors, scholarships and fellowships that launched your career or the words of encouragement that you experienced," she says. "This gift will ensure that similar encouragement continues. It is an opportunity to create a small legacy in the discipline."

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