American Psychological Foundation

APF raises awareness of LGB issues

In 2004, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) awarded six researchers Wayne F. Placek Investigator Development Awards, between $3,000 and $4,000 each, for their scholarly efforts to increase the understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay and bisexuality issues.

Here are the recipients.

  • Lisa Bowleg, PhD, associate psychology professor at the University of Rhode Island, will investigate how black lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Philadelphia construct and maintain their social identities.

Bowleg is the recipient of the 1999 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from APA's Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and held a 1999-2001 visiting professorship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • Leslie E. Cragin, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the University of California, San Francisco's department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, will study postpartum depression (PPD) among lesbians and their partners. Cragin's research will specifically address the incidence, patterns and magnitude of PPD during a four-month period for each mother and her partner. She will also examine how social support, discrimination and partner relationship quality relate to other known risk factors for PPD. Cragin is the director of Nurse-Midwives of San Francisco. The American College of Nurse-Midwives recently elected her to its Board of Directors.

  • Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, PhD, associate psychology professor at Rice University, will conduct research to assess and enhance diversity training regarding sexual orientation.

Hebl's research focuses on workplace discrimination and the barriers stigmatized individuals face in social interactions, the hiring process, business settings and the medical community. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on such topics and is also the recipient of six campus teaching awards.

  • Melanie A. Morrison, PhD, assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan's applied social psychology department, will study explicit and implicit measures of prejudice toward gay men and lesbian women.

Morrison's research interests include modern prejudice and discrimination, male body image, scale development, validation and program evaluation.

  • Ann M. Ryan, PhD, professor of organizational psychology at Michigan State University, will develop both a psychometrically sound measure of sexual orientation harassment in the workplace and a measure of perceived workplace tolerance of sexual orientation harassment.

Ryan's research focuses on fairness in the workplace and employee selection. She currently serves as editor of the journal Personnel Psychology and is a fellow and past-president of APA's Div. 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology).

  • Melanie C. Steffens, DSc, psychology professor at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Germany, will investigate heterosexist societies' comfort with same-sex attractions. The study will extend existing models to include measurements of automatic or implicit internalized homonegativity. Steffens will then use German and multi-national samples to measure that implicit homonegativity and its relationship with self-esteem, lesbian or gay identification and psychological well-being.

Steffens has been the chair of the Association of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies Europe and was a visiting fellow at Yale University in 2001.

Apply for Scrivner research grant

APF seeks applications for the 2006 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 $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 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 deadline to apply is Nov. 1. For complete application information, visit For more information, contact APF at (202) 336-5843; e-mail.

Nominate a colleague for an APF Gold Medal award

APF's Board of Trustees invites nominations for its 2006 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement 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 or nonprofit organization of the recipient's choice and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13, where the award will be presented. APF will reimburse awardees for coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated, a nomination statement that traces the nominee's career, a curriculum vitae and bibliography. Letters in support of the nomination are encouraged. The chief nominator should coordinate and send all nomination materials in one package. There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. Send nominations to Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address; e-mail.

Apply for distinguished teaching award

APF seeks nominations for its 2006 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

The award honors career-long contributions to the teaching of psychology and is named after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

APF's teaching subcommittee 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 award winner receives a plaque, $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, where the award will be presented. APF will reimburse awardees for coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. To apply, visit Brewer Award for the application form. Mail the application form, a description of how the nominee fulfills the award qualifications and the nominee's curriculum vitae and bibliography to the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address; e-mail. APF will accept letters in support of the nomination.

Apply for the Millon personality psychology award

APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and APF seek nominations for the 2006 Theodore Millon Award. The APF-sponsored, Div. 12-administered award will be given annually until 2008 to honor a midcareer psychologist advancing the science of personality psychology. A division-appointed scientific review panel selects the recipient upon approval by the APF trustees. The division will present the next winner with $1,000 and a plaque at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans. The awardee will also give a one-hour talk at the convention.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. To be eligible, nominees should have received their doctoral degree eight to 15 years ago. To apply, send an abbreviated curriculum vitae, up to two letters of support and a cover letter outlining the nominee's contributions to the science of personality psychology in one or more of the areas of personology, personality theory, personality disorders or personality measurement to Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, c/o Lynn Peterson, P.O. Box 1082, Niwot, CO 80544-1082. APF will accept self-nominations. For more information, contact Lynn Peterson.

Apply for Cummings PSYCHE prize

APF seeks nominations for the 2006 Cummings PSYCHE Prize, which recognizes a licensed practicing psychologist who is making significant contributions to expanding the role of psychologists as primary-care providers--especially to the colocation of psychologists as behavioral-care providers working side-by-side with primary-care physicians in organized systems of health-care delivery.

The recipient will receive a $50,000 prize at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans.

To be eligible, psychologists must have at least 10 to 15 years of experience.

To apply, e-mail a letter of nomination that should include the nominee's experience in mentoring, training and developing other psychologists in the field; a one- to two-page statement of accomplishments and plans for the next five years, written by the nominee; and a curriculum vitae to APF. APF will accept self-nominations.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 15. 

The prize is made possible by a contribution from the Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation.