American Psychological Foundation
Clinician-researcher Westen receives first Millon Award
Drew Westen, PhD, professor in both the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, is the first-ever recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's (APF) Theodore Millon Award. The award honors an outstanding midcareer psychologist who significantly advances the science of personality psychology, including the areas of personology, personality theory, personality disorders and personality measurement. Westen received the award in August at APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu.
Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, Westen taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School and Boston University. As the director of Emory's clinical psychology program, Westen is both a clinician and an active researcher. He has written more than 100 scientific papers and two books, and holds grants on the classification of personality in adolescents and adults from the National Institute of Mental Health. His major research areas are personality and personality disorders, adolescent psychopathology, psychotherapy, implicit personality processes, emotion regulation, emotional influences on political decision-making and the intersection of psychodynamics and cognitive neuroscience.
Theodore Millon, PhD, is the semiretired dean and scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology in Coral Gables, Fla. He is a former professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Miami and Harvard University. His major writings concern evolutionary theory, psychometric test development, diagnostic classification and psychosynergistic therapy. Millon established the award in 2003.
Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), which co-sponsors and administers the Millon Award, will present the annual award through 2008. Each recipient receives $1,000 and is presented with a plaque at APA's Annual Convention. For more information, visit the awards link on the Div. 12 Web site at www.apa.org/divisions/div12.
Students: Apply for Gerson Memorial Grant
APF seeks graduate student nominees for the 2005 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant.
The $5,000 grant helps advance the systemic understanding of family and couple dynamics and multigenerational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these areas is eligible for funding.
The award alternates each year between doctoral-level graduate students and professionals.
Projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems or Gerson's work will receive priority.
Applications must include a statement on the proposed project and how it meets grant goals, a project budget, a statement about how the recipient will disseminate the project's results (such as a published paper, report or monograph), a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and an official transcript.
Applications are due Feb. 1. Submit the application to APF via e-mail at Foundation. APF will announce its decision on or after April 15.
For more information, contact APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson at the APA address; (202) 336-5843; e-mail: Foundation. APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation.
Nominate a colleague for a 2005 Gold Medal award
The APF Board of Trustees continues to invite nominations for its 2005 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. The 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 award winners receive a gold medal and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18-21, where the awards will be presented. Coach roundtrip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals will be reimbursed. APF will also donate $2,000 to a charitable or nonprofit organization chosen by each winner.
Only psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America are eligible. Nominations should include which award the nomination is for, a nomination statement that traces the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and a bibliography. Letters of support are welcome. All materials should be sent in one package coordinated by a chief nominator. There is no nomination form.
The submission deadline is Dec. 1. Send nominations to Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address. For more information, visit APA APF.
Submit nominations for Brewer teaching award
APF invites nominations for its 2005 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and is named for Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose careerlong devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award. Brewer, a psychology professor at Furman University and editor emeritus of the journal Teaching of Psychology, is the 1989 recipient of APF's Distinguished Teaching Award and the 1995 recipient of APA's Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award.
The APF Teaching Subcommittee selects a psychologist for the award who has:
- Demonstrated exemplary performance as a classroom teacher.
- Developed effective teaching methods and materials as well as innovative curricula and courses.
- Conducted research on teaching.
- Taught advanced research methods and practice in psychology.
- Trained psychology teachers and demonstrated administrative facilitation of teaching.
- Inspired students to become psychologists.
The winner receives a plaque, $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., where the award will be presented.
The deadline to receive materials is Dec. 1. Nomination materials should include the nomination form, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a bibliography and a description of how the nominee fulfills the guidelines of the award. APF welcomes letters of support. Nomination forms are available at APA APF or via e-mail at Foundation. All materials should be sent in one package coordinated by a chief nominator to the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address.
Graduate students: Apply for the Koppitz child psychology fellowship
Graduate students can apply for one of three $20,000 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships to support graduate studies in child psychology in 2005 and 2006.
The Koppitz fellowships aid child psychology scholarship on such topics as developmental psychopathology and child-clinical, school, pediatric, developmental and educational psychology. The award includes travel costs to attend a pre-conference workshop for Koppitz graduate fellows in conjunction with APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans and other conferences as funds allow. APF will also award $4,000 travel stipends to runners-up.
Graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy are eligible to apply. Students can apply before having passed their qualifying exams, but proof of having advanced to doctoral candidacy is required before funds are released.
The selected fellows' institutions must provide a tuition waiver. Institutions may nominate only one applicant each year. (APF will not accept nominees from separate departments or programs within the same university.) Financial support will extend from Sept. 1, 2005, to Aug. 31, 2006. Results or progress of the research should be presented the following year for the committee's review for possible presentation at a pre-convention workshop.
Applications are due Nov. 15. Recipients will be announced on or after Feb. 15. To apply, submit a three- to five-page application to APF via e-mail at Foundation. For complete application guidelines, visit the APF Web site at APA APF or contact Shana Hawkins at the APA address; (202) 336-5843; e-mail: Foundation.
Apply for a Scrivner research grant
APF is continuing to seek applications for the 2005 Roy Scrivner Research Grants, which promote research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. The Scrivner Fund provides a postdoctoral grant of up to $10,000 and two $1,000 graduate student grants, with preference given to dissertation candidates. Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply.
Applicants for the postdoctoral research award, including co-investigators, must have a doctoral degree. Applicants for the predoctoral research grants must be graduate students and have 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 before the application is submitted.
The application deadline is Nov. 1. Grants will be announced in February. For application guidelines and more information, visit www.hookerprograms.org or APA APF, or contact APF at the APA address; (202) 336-5843; e-mail: Foundation.