American Psychological Foundation

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has selected five winners for its 2003 Wayne F. Placek Research Grants program, which supports research that promotes the public's understanding of homosexuality and aims to prevent homophobia:

The winners are:

  • Bonnie Moradi, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Florida's counseling psychology doctoral program, who received $40,000 for her proposed study, "Longitudinal examination of minority stress and mental health of lesbian and gay persons."

Moradi's research focuses on prejudice and the mental health and well-being of members of stigmatized groups. She will use the grant to examine--over two six-month periods--potential stressors and stress buffers for lesbians and gay men. Moradi has previously won the APA Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) Research on Psychotherapy with Women Award and the Div. 35 Mary Roth Walsh Teaching and Psychology of Women Award.

  • Donald P. Haider-Markel, PhD, who won $29,910 for his research project, "Who gets a seat at the table? The role of candidate sexual orientation." His study will examine how sexual orientation affects candidates' reception in state legislative elections.

Haider-Markel is an associate professor of political science and director of the Survey Research Center of the Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Kansas. His teaching and research focus on public policy, legislative politics, public opinion and political participation. He is well-published on such topics as the environment, gay and lesbian politics, gun control, abortion, hate crimes and citizen militia groups. In the past, he has won grants from the Environmental Protection Agency's Science To Achieve Results program and the National Science Foundation.

  • Stacey S. Horn, PhD, and Larry P. Nucci, PhD, who received $29,899 for their project, "A social domain approach to investigating adolescents' attitudes about gender norms and sexual orientation." Horn and Nucci will use the grant money to administer a questionnaire to 10th- and 12th-grade students on their beliefs about homosexuality, attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, and their thoughts on how gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming peers are treated. They will also look at how gender, grade, religious denomination and ethnicity influence students' beliefs. Horn is an assistant professor of educational psychology and human development in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nucci is professor of education and psychology and director of the Office for Studies in Moral Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Ed de St. Aubin, PhD, who received $5,000 as the recipient of the Placek Small Research Grant for his proposed study, "Lesbian lives: The effect of sociohistorical context on the self." De St. Aubin's study will examine the complex ways sociohistorical context shapes lesbians' individual identity development. Specifically, he will look at differences in the timing and sequencing of developmental milestones and the significance of connection to social support systems. De St. Aubin is an assistant professor in the psychology department of Marquette University.

The members of the 2003 Placek Scientific Review Committee were Gregory M. Herek, PhD, chair, Lisa G. Aspinwall, PhD, Suzanna Rose, PhD, and Stephen Russell, PhD. For information on applying for the 2004 Placek grants, visit American Psychological Foundation.

--S. HAWKINS