American Psychological Foundation

Pattan leaves $40K bequest to APF

In July, the APF received a bequest of $40,000 from Marianne Leeson Pattan, PhD, who passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2004 in Macon, Ga. She remembered APF in her will in grateful tribute to psychology, a profession she loved dearly.

Pattan received her doctorate in counseling psychol-ogy from Ohio State University in 1980 and afterward practiced applied psychology in Macon, Ga., for more than 20 years. Her husband, John Pattan, describes her treatment of patients as exemplifying, "Judeo-Christian loving kindness, Buddhist compassion and Voltairean abhorrence of intolerance and oppression." He adds, "Some of her patients still phone even now to acknowledge her life-transforming, healing influence and the void her premature death left in many lives."

Apply for distinguished teaching award

APF seeks nominations for its 2007 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

The award honors career-long contributions to the teaching of psychology and is named for longtime educator Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

APF's teaching subcommittee seeks psychologists who have:

  • Exhibited exemplary performance as a classroom teacher.

  • Developed effective teaching methods and materials or innovative curricula and courses.

  • Conducted research on teaching.

  • Trained psychology teachers or helped facilitate teaching on an administrative level.

  • Inspired students to become psychologists.

The award winner receives a plaque, $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20, where the award will be presented. APF will reimburse awardees for coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. To apply, visit Brewer Award for the application form. Mail the application form, a description of how the nominee fulfills the award qualifications and the nominee's curriculum vitae and bibliography to the APF Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address; e-mail. APF will accept letters in support of the nomination.

Nominate a colleague for an APF Gold Medal Award

APF's Board of Trustees invites nominations for its 2006 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement and enduring contributions to psychology.

Awards are presented in four categories:

  • Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology.

  • Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

  • Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest.

  • Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology.

All awardees receive a gold medal, $2,000 donated by APF to the charitable or nonprofit organization of the recipient's choice and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20, where the award will be presented. APF will reimburse awardees for coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated, a nomination statement that traces the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and a biblio-graphy. Letters in support of the nomination are encouraged. The chief nominator should coordinate and send all nomination materials in one package. There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Send nominations to Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address; e-mail. For more information, visit Gold Medal Awards.

Apply for personality psychology award

APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and APF seek nominees for the 2006 Theodore Millon Award. The APF-sponsored, Div. 12-administered award--given annually through 2008--honors a midcareer psychologist advancing the science of personality psychology. APF defines midcareer as having received a doctoral degree eight to 15 years ago.

A division-appointed scientific review panel will select the recipient upon approval by APF's trustees. The division will present the winner with $1,000 and a plaque at APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20. The awardee will also give a one-hour talk at the convention.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Nominations should include an abbreviated curriculum vitae, up to two letters of support and a cover letter outlining the nominee's contributions to the science of personality psychology in one or more of the following areas: personology, personality theory, personality disorders and personality measurement. APF welcomes self-nominations.

Send nomination materials to Diane J. Willis, PhD, c/o Lynn Peterson, Division of Clinical Psychology, PO Box 1082, Niwot, CO 80544-1082.

APF seeks proposals for gay and lesbian research

APF requests proposals for the 2006 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 homosex-uality and aims to alleviate 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 grant funding. 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, post-age and payment of participants. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs.

APF will give special preference for one of the large 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 asso-ciated 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 grant funding provided. The program does not normally provide 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.

Dempsey wins 2006 Henkin Travel Grant

Graduate student Allison Dempsey, of the University of Florida, has won the 2006 APF Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant. The $1,000 award, given to a student member of APA Div. 16 (School), helped Dempsey defer the cost of attending APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Dempsey is a doctoral candidate in school psychology specializing in systems-level interventions. She is currently conducting a retrospective research study examining the relationship between relational victimization in adolescence and psychosocial maladjustment in early adulthood. Dempsey hopes to secure a tenure track position at a Tier I research institution through which to promote healthy development for students in public schools.

Jacob named 2006 Outstanding Clinical Health Psychologist

APF awarded Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, the Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans. Jacob is the sixth recipient of the $1,000 annual award, which honors a full-time clinical service provider's outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology.

Jacob received her PhD in counseling psychology from the Uni-versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. She now serves as professor of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is the chair of the human development and health course for second-year medical and dental students. She is also the associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of Medicine. Jacob was an Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellow at Drexel University from 2005 to 2006.

Louise K. Jeffrey, PhD, founded the Jeffrey Award to memorialize the career and contributions of her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey, PhD. Jeffrey was a former president of APA's Div. 19 (Society for Military Psychology) and director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's clinical psychology department.

Meet the 2006 TOPSS winners

The executive committee of the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) selected three high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships as winners of the APF/TOPSS Scholars Competition. This year's essay question focused on one of the presidential themes of APA President Gerald Koocher, PhD--building stronger families--and asked applicants to examine the connection between early childhood and adulthood.

The 2006 winners are:

  • Megan Skinner, of Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, for her essay, "Effect of Childhood Parenting Styles on Current Parent Choices."

  • Candice Post, of Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., for her essay, "Effects of Imaginary Companions on Child Development."

  • Melissa Stoffers, of Colonia High School in Colonia, N.J., for her essay, "The Well-Being of Retarded Adults after Institutionalization v. Staying at Home During Childhood."

The executive committee of TOPSS also honored four high school students with the 2006 APF/TOPSS Excellence in High School Student Research Awards for their outstanding psychology research projects.

TOPSS reviews the Intel Science Competition semifinalists, announced in January, to identify projects in the field of psychology. Students not competing in the Intel contest can apply directly to the APA Education Directorate.

The 2006 winners are:

  • First place (tie): Anjie Zheng, of Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, N.Y., for "The Role of Barbels in the Localization and Characterization of Gustatory Stimuli in the Oriental Weatherfish, Misgurnus anguillicaudatus" and Christina Chung-May Tu, of Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., for "Is Math Just for Boys? Gender Differences in Dropout Rates and Attitudes of Advanced High School Mathematics Students."

  • Third Place: Emily Lefkowitz, of Suffern High School in Suffern, N.Y., for "Living with Impairment: Behavioral, Emotional and Social Adjustment of Neurotypical Siblings of Children with Autism."

  • Fourth Place: Alexis Rosenblum, of Jericho Senior High School in Jericho, N.Y., for "The Effect of Variation in Instrument Pitch on Gender Associations among Second Graders: An Empirical Analysis."

--Compiled by E. Merck, I. Ramos, D. Wenger and E. Packard