American Psychological Foundation

Beer recognized for creating healthy and humane organizations

The American Psychological Association (APF) presented Michael Beer, PhD, Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, with the 2006 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology. The $5,000 annual award recognizes an APA member who has demonstrated extraordinary ability to integrate psychological theories and concepts into practical applications that are used by leaders and managers to create effective, healthy and humane organizations.

Beer earned his doctorate in organizational psychology from Ohio State University. He is the co-founder and chairman of TruePoint, a research-based consultancy. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Beer was director of organization research and development at Corning Inc. His research and writings focus on organizational effectiveness and change and human resource management. Beer has authored or co-authored nine books as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He has received several awards for his professional contributions and is a fellow of APA Div. 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) and the Academy of Management.

Toblin Receives Lizette Peterson Homer Grant

Robin L. Toblin is the 2006 recipient of the $1,500 APF Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant. Toblin is a fifth-year student at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is working toward a master's of public health and a doctorate in clinical psychology. The award recognizes psychosocial research on injuries to children and young adults by accidents, violence, abuse or suicide.

After attending a USC seminar on youth violence as a public health issue, Toblin added an MPH to her course of study and spent two summers at the National Institutes of Health studying childhood injuries. For her qualifying exam, she wrote a literature review on the link between childhood aggression and unintentional injuries, sparking her current research on children's peer relations and the risk for injury.

The Peterson Homer Grant is funded by a gift from Donald K. Routh, PhD, and his wife, Marion W. Routh, to APF and is administered by Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). For more information on the grant program, visit Peterson Homer Grant.

APF Awards $29,000 in small grants for gay and lesbian research

Since 1993, the APF Wayne F. Placek Fund has awarded grants of up to $5,000 to support research designed to promote the general public's understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and to prevent homophobia. Here are the winners of the 2006 Placek Small Grants Competition:

  • Jamie Barden, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Howard University, received $4,500, for his study "Ambivalence as a Path to Reducing Prejudice Against Gays Within the African-American Community." He is investigating the basis and consequences of prejudice against homosexuals; contextual influences on automatically activated racial attitudes; perceived thought as a determinant of attitude certainty; and in-group bias in judging the hypocrisy of others.

  • James Graham, PhD, assistant psychology professor at Western Washington University, received $4,999 for his study "Protective Factors and Resilience from Stress in Gay and Lesbian Relationships." He will investigate individual characteristics and adaptive processes that help to protect the relationship quality of gay and lesbian couples from the negative impact of stressful life events.

  • Lori D. Patton, PhD, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University, received $5,000 for her study "From Margin to Center: An Exploratory Study of the Developmental Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities." Patton focuses on deconstructing issues of race, multiculturalism and diversity in higher education and student affairs. Her research explores racialized methods, attempts and policies that keep historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff at a disadvantage.

  • Sharon Scales Rostosky, PhD, an associate professor in the department of educational and counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky, received $5,000 for her study "Experiences Related to the Debate Over Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples." Rostosky is collabor-ating with Ellen D.B. Riggle, PhD, and Sharon Horne, PhD, to examine the psychosocial effects of "marriage amendments" on sexual minorities. Rostosky and Riggle founded the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities, a research team of faculty and graduate students interested in conducting basic and applied research aimed at facilitating the health and well-being of sexual minority individuals, couples and families.

  • Meifen Wei, PhD, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Iowa State University, received $5,000 for her proposed study "An Online Support Group Intervention for Asian American Lesbians." Her research interests center on adult attachment, coping with discrimination and distress among ethnic and sexual minorities. At Iowa State, she received the Kentner Fritz Junior Faculty Exceptional Productivity Award from the psychology department and the Early Achievement in Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • James L. Werth Jr., PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Akron, received $5,000 for his study "End-of-Life Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals." As the 1999-2000 APA William A. Bailey AIDS Policy Congressional Fellow, Werth worked on aging and end-of-life issues in the office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). He is a pro bono psychologist for a local HIV-services organization.

Apply for Koppitz child psychology fellowship

APF encourages doctoral candidates to apply for one of three 2007-2008 $20,000 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships in child psychology. The Koppitz fellowships aid child psychology scholarship on topics such as developmental psychopathology and child-clinical, school, pediatric, developmental and educational psychology. APF will give consideration to psychological research that breaks new ground or creates significant new understandings that facilitate the development and functioning of children and youth.

The award includes travel costs to attend a pre-conference workshop for Koppitz graduate fellows in conjunction with APA's 2008 Annual Convention in Boston, Aug. 14-17, and other conferences as funds allow. APF will also award $4,000 conference travel stipends to runners-up.

Only doctoral candidates are eligible to apply. Students can apply before having passed their qualifying exams, but proof of having advanced to doctoral candidacy is required before APF will release funds.

The selected fellows' institutions must provide a tuition waiver. Only one applicant from each institution can be nominated each year; APF encourages students to check with their dean of graduate studies or provost of research before applying, and 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. Results of the research should be presented at the pre-convention workshop.

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

Apply for LGB research grant

APF is accepting applications for the 2007 Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants, which promote research on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) 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. 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.

--COMPILED BY E. MERCK, I. RAMOS AND E. PACKARD