American Psychological Foundation

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites professional academicians or practitioners engaged in relevant research projects to apply for the 2002 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant for $5,000.

The grant has been created to advance the systemic understanding of family and/or couple dynamics and/or multigenerational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible for grants through the fund.

Projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems theory will be given highest priority. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Gerson's work.

Applications must include statement of the proposed project, rationale for how the project meets the goals of the fund, budget for the project, statement about how the results of the project will be disseminated (published paper, report, monograph, etc.) and personal reference material (curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation).

Applicants must submit seven copies of their application packets. Send application packets by Feb. 1 to the APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson at the APA address. For additional information, contact APF at the APA address; call (202) 336-5814; e-mail. Applicants will be notified by March 31.

Foundation gives three small Placek Research Grants

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2001 Wayne F. Placek Small Research Grants, which support research designed to increase public understanding of gay men and lesbians. This year, the foundation is awarding grants to:

  • Kory Floyd, PhD, assistant professor of human communication at Arizona State University, for his study "Affectionate communication between fathers and their adult sons: effects of son's sexual orientations." Floyd's project merges two lines of research, one on the communication of affection and one on the nature of father-son relationships. He will be investigating the influence of sexual preference on the amount and types of affection adult men received from their fathers. On the basis of affection exchange theory, he predicts that fathers are more affectionate with heterosexual sons than with homosexual or bisexual sons, and that this effect is moderated by the number of siblings each son has. Floyd received $5,000.

  • The research team of Monika E. Kolodziej, PhD, and Roger D. Weiss, MD, for their study "Alcohol use and conflict resolution strategies among lesbian couples." The goals of this research are to examine how lesbian couples with at least one partner with alcohol problems resolve relational conflicts, and how the frequency and quantity of alcohol use and severity of alcohol problems contribute to resolution of relational conflicts. In contrast to numerous studies done with heterosexual couples, this will be among the first to interview both partners of lesbian couples in which at least one partner experiences alcoholism. The study will be conducted in collaboration with Fenway Community Health in Boston, a health-care and research center focused on providing services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. The team received $5,000.

Kolodziej is assistant psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADAP) at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. and instructor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge. Her research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of individuals diagnosed with substance abuse disorders and on women's health. Weiss is the clinical director of ADAP and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

  • Stephen C. Wright, PhD, who received $4,650 for his study "The role of perceived group variability for self-categorization in a 'contradictory identity': a further examination of gay Republican identity," is associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The general focus of his research is intergroup relations and the role that group memberships and social identities play in human behavior.

Wright postulates that managing apparently contradictory group identities is likely to be a significant issue for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, because many important social groups, such as the military, churches and schools, are nonsupportive of homosexuality.

The members of the Placek Scientific Review Committee for this year's small grants were Gregory M. Herek, PhD (chair); Rafael Diaz, PhD; Allen Omoto, PhD; and Suzanna Rose, PhD.

Placek grants are awarded in two main categories: The Wayne F. Placek Research Grants (large grants of up to $40,000 each) and the Wayne F. Placek Small Grants (grants of up to $5,000 each). Contact the APF for information regarding both grant categories.

Reminder: Application deadline for 2002 Roy Scrivner Research Grant awards is Nov. 1

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is requesting proposals for the Roy Scrivner Research Grants, which provide two $4,000 grants with the goal of encouraging research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay and bisexual family therapy.

Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Two $1,000 grants are also available for graduate student research in this field, with strong preference given to applicants at the dissertation stage of their career.

For eligibility and application guidelines and additional information, contact Scrivner Small Grants Program, APF, at the APA address; (202) 336-5814; e-mail:e-mail.

Deadline approaching for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

Nomination materials for the American Psychological Foundation (APF) 2002 Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award are due Dec. 1.

The award recognizes a major career contribution to the teaching of psychology. The awardee receives a plaque, $2,000 and a two-night, three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2002 Annual Convention in Chicago, where APF will present the award. Eligibility requirements used by the APF Teaching Subcommittee, which selects the award winner, are listed in the September Monitor. However, this information, nomination forms and details about the application process may be received by contacting the APF Teaching Award Coordinator at the APA address. Send completed nomination packets to the same address. Requests for nomination forms may also be sent to e-mail.

Nomination materials due Dec. 1 for Gold Medal Awards

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for the APF 2002 Gold Medal Awards. The awards include a medal, $2,000 (to be donated to the charitable institution of the winner's choice) and an all-expenses-paid trip for the award winner and a guest to the 2002 APA Annual Convention in Chicago, for two nights and three days. The Gold Medal Awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America. Awards are conferred in four categories:

  • Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology.

  • Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

  • Enduring Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest.

  • Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology.

For details about the qualifications for each award and the nomination process, see the September Monitor or contact the Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address. Send completed nomination packets to the same address.

--Ted BaroodyAmerican

Psychological Foundation