American Psychological Foundation
Nominate a colleague for a Gold Medal award
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) Board of Trustees invites 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.
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 round-trip 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 indicate 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 www.apa.org/apf.
Nominations sought for distinguished teaching award
APF is seeking 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 after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, in recognition of his careerlong devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology.
APF's teaching subcommittee selects the winner. It 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 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. (Coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals will be reimbursed.)
The deadline 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 award qualifications. APF welcomes letters of support. The nomination form is available at www.apa.org/apf. Send complete materials to the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address.
Apply for child psychology fellowship
APF seeks applicants for up to three $20,000 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships to support graduate studies in child psychology in 2005 and 2006.
The Koppitz fellowships help nurture scholars in the broad area of child psychology, including topics such as developmental psychopathology and child-clinical, pediatric, school, 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.
Psychology doctoral candidates and students soon to take their qualifying exams are eligible; students must present proof of their doctoral candidacy before funds will be released. Special consideration will be given to psychological research that breaks new ground or creates significant new understandings that facilitate children's and youths' development or functioning.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Recipients will be announced on or after Feb. 15, 2005. Financial support will extend from Sept. 1, 2005, to Aug. 31, 2006. For complete application guidelines, visit www.apa.org/apf or e-mail email@example.com.
Clinical psychologist receives Gerson Grant
Northwestern University psychologist Lynne M. Knobloch-Fedders, PhD, has received the 2004 APF Randy Gerson Memorial Grant. The $5,000 grant recognizes and assists researchers who are advancing the systemic understanding of family and couple dynamics and multigenerational processes. The prize alternates between a professional psychologist and a graduate student each year.
"I consider it a great honor to be selected," says Knobloch-Fedders, a clinical psychologist and research coordinator at the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern's Family Institute. "Several of my colleagues at The Family Institute at Northwestern University knew Randy Gerson, and I am delighted to be able to conduct my research following the spirit of his fine work."
Knobloch-Fedders' winning research proposal is titled "The interpersonal context of depression in couples." In her research, she will use family systems and interpersonal theory to study couples in which one partner is depressed. This research will be the first step in the development of a comprehensive, systemically based assessment and intervention program for depression in married couples.
APF funds outstanding LGB family research
APF has announced the winners of its fourth annual Roy Scrivner Research Grants, which award up to $10,000 to a postdoctoral researcher and two $1,000 awards to doctoral candidates for exemplary research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and therapy. The grants were established to honor Roy Scrivner, PhD, a counseling and clinical psychologist and former president of the Texas Psychological Association. The 2004 winners are:
Sondra E. Solomon, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Vermont, and Esther D. Rothblum, PhD, also a psychology professor at Vermont and a former chair of APA's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns.
Kelly A. Blasko, a graduate student in the counseling psychology department at Pennsylvania State University.
Mary Jane Phillips, a graduate student in the psychological services department of the University of Georgia.
Solomon and Rothblum received the $10,000 postdoctoral award for a study conducted in 2001 that compared three types of couples--same-sex couples in civil unions, same-sex couples not in civil unions and heterosexual married couples in which one partner was the sibling of a partner in the same-sex couples--living in Vermont during the state's first year of legalized civil unions. The researchers plan to use the grant to follow-up with the nearly 1,000 people they surveyed three years ago and analyze which variables predict relationship satisfaction and success. They will also compare and contrast the ways in which the three types of couples relate to their siblings and parents.
Blasko received one of the two $1,000 Scrivner awards for her dissertation research, which examined the assessment variables used to identify victims and perpetrators in same-sex domestic violence situations. Phillips received the other $1,000 predoctoral award for her research on parents' adjustment to having a gay son or a lesbian daughter.
Members of Divs. 43 (Family) and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) serve on the Scrivner oversight and awards committees.
--COMPILED BY APF STAFF