American Psychological Foundation

Foundation and Div. 38 honor James

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) presented Col. Larry C. James, PhD, with its third annual Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology at APA's 2003 Annual Convention in Toronto.

The $1,000 prize--administered by Div. 38 (Health)--recognizes James's longtime commitment to clinical health psychology through his U.S. Army service. James is chief of the department of psychology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as well as chief psychologist for the U.S. Army's North Atlantic Region.

At Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, where James served from 1994 to 1999, he created a psychology department-run inpatient facility designed to treat essential hypertension, obesity, Type-II diabetes and cholesterol disorders. He developed training opportunities there that teach interns and fellows how to conduct health assessments and physicals, interpret medical lab findings and manage patients with psychophysiological disorders without the oversight of a psychiatrist.

At Walter Reed, James sees patients, teaches and pursues research. He has received over $1 million in funding for his clinical and applied teleheath and obesity research. He has incorporated video teleconferencing into his treatment programs to help soldiers deployed overseas. James recently voluntarily deployed for five months in support of the war on terrorism and, as a result, was awarded a Joint Commendation Medal from the U.S. Army for his service.

The Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award was established by APF in 2000 by psychologist Louise K. Jeffrey, PhD, in memory of her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey, PhD, former president of Div. 19 (Military) and director of the clinical psychology department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Brewers join APF New Era Platinum Society

With a pledge of $100,000 to APF's Campaign for a New Era, Charles L. Brewer, PhD, and Marjorie Suhs Brewer are the newest members of the New Era Platinum Society. Their pledge brings APF's campaign total to $6.3 million of its goal of $7 million by the close of 2004.

A current member of APA's Board of Directors, Brewer earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Arkansas and joined the faculty at Furman University in 1967, where he still teaches. He served as psychology department chair from 1972 to 1984 and, in 1998, was named the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology.

Brewer has served as president of APA Divs. 1 (Society for General Psychology) and 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), and of the Council of Undergraduate Psychology Departments. He chaired APA's Committee on Undergraduate Education and represents APA on the boards of directors of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Brewer played a key role in the development of APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools and consults on psychology education for colleges and universities throughout the country. He won APA's Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award in 1995. His wife, Marjorie, is a master pianist and teacher.

On teaching, Brewer says: "Teaching is not a profession; teaching is a calling--delightful, unfathomable, frustrating, passionate, precious and sacred. Teaching is more fun than most people deserve to have. After more than 40 years of fun, I cannot imagine doing anything else."

APF's Board of Trustees recently renamed the APF distinguished teaching award--which Brewer won in 1989--the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award to honor Brewer's contributions to psychology education.

"Charles Brewer is the epitome of what this award stands for," says APF President Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD.

Nominate colleagues now for 2004 awards

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for its 2004 Gold Medal and Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology awards.

  • The Gold Medal Awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology in four categories: science, application, practice and public interest. Winners receive a medal and $2,000 that APF will donate to the charitable institution of their choice. Eligibility is limited to psychologists who are 65 years or older and reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award, and include a nomination statement that traces the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and a bibliography. There is no nomination form.

  • The Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award recognizes an eminent career in the teaching of psychology, the preparation of students to become teachers and the development of curricula and innovative teaching methods. The prize includes a plaque and $2,000. Nomination materials should include a nomination form, a nomination statement that outlines the nominee's contributions and the nominee's current curriculum vitae. The APF nomination form is available at APA's American Psychological Foundation.

All of the awards include an all-expenses-paid trip for the winner and one guest to APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28-Aug. 1, for two nights and three days. Nomination support letters are welcome. All materials should be received as a complete packet no later than Dec. 1. Send materials to either the APF Gold Medal Awards Coordinator or the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator at the APA address.

Up to $10,000 available to study LGB family psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) seeks applications for the Roy Scrivner Research Grants, which promote research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and therapy. The Scrivner Fund provides one postdoctoral grant of up to $10,000 and two graduate student grants of up to $1,000 each, with preference given to dissertation candidates. Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Applicants, including co-investigators, for the postdoctoral research award must have a doctoral degree. Applicants for the student grants must be enrolled in a graduate program and provide a letter of support from their supervising professor. An institutional review board from the principal investigator's institution must approve all research involving human subjects.

The application deadline is Nov. 3. Grant recipients will be announced in February 2004. For more information, visit APA's American Psychological Foundation and www.hookerprograms.org.

--COMPILED BY APF STAFF

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