American Psychological Foundation
APF seeks doctoral-level graduate students to apply for the 2007 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, which provides $5,000 to advance the systemic understanding of couple and family dynamics and multigenerational processes.
The selection committee will consider all work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these areas, with preference given to projects using or contributing to the Bowen family systems theory or to those applicants furthering the work of Gerson.
Individuals from a variety of educational settings are encouraged to apply. Applications must include a statement of the proposed project and how it meets the grant's goals, a project budget, a statement about how the recipient will disseminate the project's results (such as a published paper, report or monograph), a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and an official transcript.
APF grants $100,000 for LGBT research
In 2006, APF granted approximately $100,000 to support research on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) issues and homophobia prevention. The funds are part of APF's Wayne F. Placek Research Grants program, which promotes increased public understanding of homosexuality.
Since 1993, APF has granted more than $1 million in research funding, including institutional matching funds, through the fund.
This year's Placek Large Grant recipients are:
Abbie E. Goldberg, PhD, assistant psychology professor at Clark University, who received $49,830 for her study, "The transition to adoptive parenthood for lesbian couples." This prospective study will explore couples' experiences navigating the adoption process, as well as changes in mental health, relationship quality and the division of paidand unpaid labor. Goldberg will compare her findings to her previous study of lesbian inseminating couples' transition to parenthood. Both studies hope to further the understanding of the adoption experience for same-sex couples.
E. Ashby Plant, PhD, associate psychology professor at Florida State University, who received $44,582for her proposal, "Impression formation and responses toward homosexuals," which is a series of studies examining whether the timing of disclosure of sexual orientation influences impression formation and the quality of interactions between heterosexuals and homosexuals. The work aims to understand how impressions and attitudes toward concealable outgroup members are formed and the implications of these processes for the course and quality of interactions between homosexual and heterosexual people.
Apply for 2007 Placek grants for LGBT research
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) requests proposals for the 2007 Wayne F. Placek Large Grants and the Wayne F. Placek Small Grants. Both awards support scientific research that increases the general public's understanding of homosexuality and alleviates the stress that gay men and lesbians experience. Applicants for both awards must have a doctoral degree and be affiliated with a college, university or research institution.
Applications for the large grants should propose new studies that can be completed in two years solely with the level of funding provided by the grant. Up to $50,000 may be requested for any expenses associated with conducting an empirical research project, including salary for the applicant or assistants, equipment (with a $5,000 limit), supplies, travel, photocopying, postage and payment of participants. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs.
The selection committee will give special preference for one of the two grants to applicants who have completed their doctorates within the previous seven years. The deadline for receipt of large grant applications is March 9.
The small grants program awards up to $5,000 to cover expenses associated with conducting an empirical research project on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues. Applications should propose a new study that can be completed in one year solely with the level of funding provided by the grant. Funds are not normally provided for stipends of principal investigators, travel to conventions or manuscript preparation. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs. Small grant applications must be received by Jan. 31.
Applications for both awards must conform to the APF Placek grant award guidelines, which can be found at Placek Grant.
Submit proposals on research, programs for gifted children
APF requests proposals for the 2007 Esther Katz Rosen Grants Program, which awards grants of up to $25,000 per year for three years for research on and programs for gifted children. Renewed funding is contingent upon the submission of an interim progress report and availability of funds. APF offers grants to:
New scholars who would like to pursue research in the broad area of the psychology of giftedness.
Established scholars who would like to begin pursuing work in this field.
Graduate students who have progressed through their qualifying exams and who are working with an established scholar in the area of giftedness.
Special consideration is given to projects that are innovative and can become self-supporting or lead to external funding. Some preference is given to APA members.
The application deadline is Feb. 15. To apply, submit a four- to six-page proposal, curriculum vitae and institutional review board approval via
Graduate student applicants must also submit recommendations from a graduate adviser and department chair or director of graduate studies. For complete application guidelines, visit the APF main page.
APF award to recognize community mental health efforts
APF requests nominations for the 2007 Harry V. McNeill Memorial Award for Innovative Community Mental Health. This biennial $500 award goes to individual practitioners, neighborhood organizations or community mental health centers to support innovation in community mental health and to encourage the participation of the local community. Applicants must demonstrate development of innovative practice in community mental health services, evidence of stimulating participation in local community activities and transmission of expertise to the community.
Members or fellows of APA may make nominations by submitting four letters of support (two from community citizens or organizations and two from APA members or fellows); a two-page written description of the innovation plus supporting materials; and a copy of the curriculum vitae or resume of the individual or a brief description of the organizational unit.
For more information or to submit nominations, please contact Jennifer Woolard, PhD, Georgetown University Psychology Department, 306H White-Gravenor Bldg. 37th & P Streets NW, Washington, DC 20057; e-mail.
New tax law may affect APF donors
On Aug. 3, President Bush signed the Public Good Rollover Act into law; this could affect many APF donors.
Individuals who are 70.5 or older may donate distributions of up to $100,000 from their traditional IRA or Roth account directly to a charity without having to pay taxes on the distributions as income. The law is in effect for 2006 and 2007 only.
Consult your attorney or tax adviser to see if you are eligible to take advantage of this new law by making a charitable contribution.
--Compiled by E. Merck, I. Ramos and E. Packard
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