American Psychological Foundation

APF has selected John E. Deleray, PhD, for its 2003 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award. The $5,000 prize honors a consulting psychologist who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to convert psychological theory and concepts into strategies that enable business leaders to create more effective, healthy and humane organizations.

Deleray is founder of the Dallas-based psychological consulting firm Deleray & Associates, which helps managers make informed hiring, promotion and development decisions. His firm also helps executives recognize talented, motivated job candidates and design and implement company policies that boost morale, resolve conflicts between employees, improve productivity and accelerate company growth.

Deleray earned his doctorate from Baylor University in general, experimental and personality psychology. Since 1983 he has been a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He is a former president of Div. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) and has served as chair of the public information committee of the Texas Psychological Association and APA's Committee on Social and Ethical Responsibility. He consults for several Texas school districts, juvenile departments and rehabilitation commissions, as well as for the FBI's Executive Development Institute.

Proposals sought for LGB research

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is accepting proposals for the 2004 Wayne F. Placek Research Awards and the Wayne F. Placek Small Grants program. Both programs support research to increase the public's understanding of homosexuality and aim to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience.

  • Two Wayne F. Placek Research Grants are available for empirical research on lesbian, gay or bisexual issues from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences. Applications should propose new studies that can be completed in two years with the grant. Researchers may request up to $40,000 for expenses associated with the research, including salary for the applicant or assistants, equipment ($5,000 limit), supplies, travel, photocopying, postage and payment of participants. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs. Special preference for one grant is given to applicants who have completed their doctorates within the last seven years. The application deadline is March 12.

  • The Wayne F. Placek Small Grants program awards up to $5,000 for an original empirical research project on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues. Applications should propose a study that can be completed in one year with the grant. Funds are not to be used to pay for stipends of principal investigators, travel to conventions, manuscript preparation or institutional indirect costs. The application deadline is Jan. 28.

APF encourages research proposals that address: prejudice, discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation; family and workplace issues relevant to lesbians and gay men; and subgroups of the lesbian and gay population that have historically been underrepresented in research, including racial and ethnic minorities.

Applicants for both awards must have a doctoral-level degree and be affiliated with a college, university or research institution that meets federal requirements for administering research awards. Funds are not available for dissertation research or other predoctoral studies. For application guidelines and forms for both grant categories, visit

APF fund offers $10,000 for creative research, programming

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is accepting proposals for the Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Fund, which offers up to $10,000 to doctoral-level psychologists conducting innovative research or implementing a research-based program in psychology. The research or program must support APF's overall mission to advance the science and the practice of psychology for the understanding of behavior and the benefit of human welfare.

Applicants must have a strong record of productivity within the area of proposed research or programmatic activity. Special consideration is given to psychological research or programs that demonstrate innovation and show promise of becoming self-supporting or leading to external funding. Programs must be research-based. An institutional review board must approve research proposals before APF will release the grant funds. Recipients must submit a final report within one year of completing the project. Applications must be submitted to APF electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Winners will be announced on or after April 30.


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