American Psychological Foundation
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and APA's Science Directorate seek proposals for the 2006 Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award. The $1,000 award supports dissertation research on mental illness services with the potential to improve services for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Eligible topics include:
Developing interventions that prevent deterioration, homelessness and premature deaths of those with serious mental illness.
Improving medication and treatment compliance of those with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.
Improving identification, diversion and treatment of people who enter the criminal justice system as a result of mental illness.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 15. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1.
For more information and the application, visit APA Science.
APF funds LGB family research
In March, APF announced the winners of its sixth annual Roy Scrivner Research Grants, which award one grant of up to $10,000 to a postdoctoral researcher and up to two grants of $1,000 to doctoral candidates for exemplary research on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) family psychology and therapy. The grants are made possible by a bequest from Roy Scrivner, PhD, a counseling and clinical psychologist and former president of the Texas Psychological Association.
The 2006 winners are:
Abbie Goldberg, PhD, an assistant psychology professor at Clark University. Goldberg won the $10,000 postdoctoral award. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her study, "Lesbian Mothers' Mental Health, Relationship Quality and the Work-Family Interface," will investigate mental health, relationship quality, division of labor, and work-family balance in a sample of lesbian mothers of 3-year-old children whose transition to parenthood was investigated in one of Goldberg's previous studies. Goldberg won the 2002 Scrivner predoctoral grant for that study.
Charles Strohm, a second-year doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Strohm received the $1,000 grant. He is studying relationship formation and dissolution among sexual minorities. His master's thesis, "Demography of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Heterosexual Couple Relationships in California," uses a representative survey of the California population to determine the proportion of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in cohabiting and dating relationships. Strohm is also investigating whether the same factors--such as education and income--affect relationship formation for each sexual orientation group.
Members of APA Divs. 43 (Family) and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) serve on the Scrivner oversight and awards committees. For more information, visit APF Awards.
APF offers small grants program
Nonprofit organizations or individuals engaged in activities that advance psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education and human welfare are eligible to apply for an APF grant of $5,000 or less. Grants must conform to one or more of APF's funding priorities:
Education and scholarships.
Uncovering the connection between mental and physical health.
Violence prevention and intervention.
Responding to national and international disasters in which psychology must play a role.
APF considers applications on a quarterly basis. The remaining deadlines for 2006 are July 1, Oct. 1 and Dec. 1.
APF will not consider grants for political or lobbying purposes; for entertainment or fund-raising expenses; for projects with no relation to psychology; to anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual; or to members of the APF Board of Trustees or APA Board of Directors. All projects involving original data collection from human participants must be approved by the applicant's Institutional Review Board or Human Subjects Committee within 21 days of the application deadline.
For more information, visit APF Grants or call (202) 336-5814.
Brown pledges $10,000 memorial gift to APF
Ronald T. Brown, PhD, of Temple University, recently made a $10,000 pledge to APF in memory of Raymond K. Mulhern, PhD.
Mulhern was a pediatric psychologist and chief of the division of behavioral medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for more than 20 years. Mulhern made significant contributions to the field of pediatric psycho-oncology, particularly in the development of interventions to prevent and rectify cancer-related learning problems.
Brown is the dean of Temple University's College of Health Professions. His research interests are children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, attention-deficit disorders and learning disabilities. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, APA and Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology).
Brown hopes to raise $50,000 over the next five years in order to establish a Raymond K. Mulhern scholarship through APF. To make a contribution in memory of Mulhern, include a note with your gift indicating such. Print all information clearly. Mail contributions to APF at the APA address, or contribute online at American Psychological Foundation and indicate your contribution is in memory of Mulhern.
--Compiled by E. Merck, I. Ramos and E. Packard