American Psychological Foundation

Apply for LGB family psychology and therapy research grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is accepting applications for the 2007 Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants, which promote research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psy-chology and therapy. The Scrivner Fund provides one postdoctoral grant of up to $10,000 and two $1,000 graduate student grants, with preference given to dissertation candidates. APF encourages researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences to apply.

Applicants for the postdoctoral research award, including co-investigators, must have a doctoral degree. Applicants for the student grants must be enrolled in a graduate program 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.

The application deadline is Nov. 1. Application guidelines are available from Scrivner Grant or Placek Grant.


Apply for Koppitz child psychology fellowship

The APF Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program is offering up to three $20,000 fellowships and up to five $4,000 travel awards in 2007 for graduate students in child psychology.

Applicants must be graduate students who have passed their qualifying exams, typically after the third or fourth year of doctoral study. The fellowship favors psychological research that breaks new ground or sheds new light on the development and functioning of children and youth.

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, 2007, to Aug. 31, 2008. Applicants should present results of their research the following year at APA's Annual Convention at the pre-convention workshop.

Applications are due Nov. 15. For complete application guidelines, visit the APF Web site at Koppitz Fellowship.


Nominate a colleague for an APF Gold Medal award

APF is accepting nominations for its 2007 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in 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 institution of the recipient's choice and an all-expense paid roundtrip to APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20, where APF will present the award. Coach airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals will be reimbursed.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award category,a statement that traces the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and biblio-graphy. APF welcomes letters in support of the nomination. All materials should be coordinated by a chief nominator and sent in one package. There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Send nominations via e-mail or mail to APF Gold Medal Awards, at the APA address. For more information, visit APF Gold Medal Awards.


Nominations sought for Distinguished Teaching Award

APF invites nominations for its 2007 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and is named after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose career-long devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher.

  • Development of innovative curricula and courses.

  • Development of effective teaching methods and materials.

  • Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology.

  • Administrative facilitation of teaching.• Research on teaching.

  • Training of teachers of psychology.

  • Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists.

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

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Nomination materials should include APF's application form (available online at APF Teaching Award), a description of how the nominee fulfills the award qualifications, the nominee's curriculum vitae and bibliography. APF welcomes letters in support of the nomination. Send complete nomination materials via e-mail or mail to APF Teaching Award, at the APA address.


Krueger receives 2006 Millon Award

APF presented Robert F. Krueger, PhD, associate psychology professor at the University of Minnesota, with the 2006 Theodore Millon Award at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans. The Millon Award honors an outstanding midcareer psychologist engaged in significantly advancing the science of personality psychology. It recognizes work in several areas of the field, including personology, personality theory, personality disorders and personality measurement. APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) administers the award and will solicit nominations and present the award at APA's Annual Convention through 2008. Each recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque.

The 2006 winner, Krueger, is currently associate editor of APA's Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His research focuses on developing an empirically based model of personality and psychopathology based on studies of personality, psychopathology, personality disorders, behavior genetics and quantitative methods. Krueger received APA's 2005 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology and the 2003 International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Early Career Award. He also holds a McKnight Presidential Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.

For details on applying, visit the 2007 Millon Award page. Applications are due Dec. 1. Send nomination materials to Diane J. Willis, PhD, c/o Lynn Peterson, Division of Clinical Psychology, P.O. Box 1082, Niwot, CO 80544-1082.

Bacigalupe explores family dynamics and diet


APF awarded Gonzalo Bacigalupe, PhD, associate professor and director of the University of Massachusetts Boston family therapy program, the 2006 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant. The $5,000 grant seeks to advance the systemic understanding of couple and family dynamics and multigenerational processes. Psychologist Sylvia Shellenberger, PhD, established the grant in memory of her late husband, Randy Gerson, PhD, who specialized in these areas.

Bacigalupe is completing his master's of public health degree at Harvard University and will use his grant to explore barriers to and successful strategies for maintenance of gluten-free diets among families with children who have celiac disease. Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet is the prescribed treatment for celiac disease, the most common autoimmune-inherited chronic illness in the United States. Bacigalupe hopes his research will better inform support groups and health-care practitioners.

The Gerson grant alternates each year between a graduate student and a psychologist. The 2007 Gerson grant will be awarded to a graduate student. For more information, visit Gerson Grant.


APF awards two grants for population research

APF recently awarded its 2006 Henry P. David Awards-which support young psychologists investigating behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns-to the following individuals:

  • Eva Bazant, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, received the $1,500 Henry David Research Grant for her work on reproductive health. For 10 years, Bazant has been working in reproductive and maternal health programs, and more recently has begun conducting domestic and international social science research in the area. Her research focuses on patients' interactions with health-care providers during reproductive health visits. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Bazant studies the factors that influence client-provider communication, the effectiveness of community-level approaches, and health-seeking behavior. Bazant holds a master's degree in public health from Columbia University.

  • Mhairi Gibson, PhD, an evolutionary demographer from the University of Bristol, received the $1,500 Henry David Travel Grant for her study "The Demographic Impact of Development Intervention in a Rural Ethiopian Community." The grant will enable Gibson to visit Ethiopia, where she will monitor the progress of a rural demographic surveillance method that has already identified higher birth rates following the introduction of a new water supply system. In addition to establishing collaborative links with colleagues at Addis Ababa University, she will use the trip to design the next phase of her research project, which aims to identify whether population growth associated with "development" is fueling out-migration. Gibson received her PhD from University College London and is now employed as a lecturer in biological anthropology at the University of Bristol.

For more information, visit the Henry David Awards page.


Trammell Crow gives major gift to APF

Trammell Crow Services Inc., a real estate management and development firm that manages the two APA office buildings in Washington, DC, contributed $15,000 to APF in April 2006 and has promised to contribute an additional $90,000 over the next six years. The current gift will allow APF to respond to emerging issues and needs in the field of psychology.

The APA-Trammell Crow partnership began when APA started planning for its new headquarters building in 1988. Trammell Crow currently manages two APA properties under a long-term property management and leasing agreement.

This latest gift marks the sixth time Trammell Crow has contributed to the foundation. Between 1993 and 2002, the company donated $320,000 to support foundation activities.


Brewer makes major contribution to APF

In June, Charles L. Brewer, PhD, gave a $10,000 gift to APF in honor of APA President-elect Sharon S. Brehm, PhD. Brewer and his wife, Marjorie, have contributed more than $115,000 to APF since 2000.

"Charles and Marjorie Suhs Brewer are wonderful people, great supporters of psychology and generous donors to APF," says Brehm. "I am deeply honored by their contribution in my honor, and I will do my very best to live up to the high standards that they have set. My only regret is that I can't possibly even come close to Charles's quick wit, but I'll keep trying to learn from his example."

Brehm is a professor of psychology at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and was IUB chancellor from 2001-2003. She will serve as APA president-elect in 2006, president in 2007 and past-president in 2008. Brehm's research examines the effects of psychological reactance, empathy and self-focus. Brewer is a member of the foundation's board of trustees and advancement comittee. He joined the faculty at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he still teaches, in 1967. He 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. Marjorie is a master pianist and teacher.

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