Donor support of psychology continues to change how we see and live our lives

Contributions to the American Psychological Foundation over the past year supported innovative research and helped launch careers.

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) awarded approximately $700,000 in grants in 2012 to fund research on major societal problems and to launch the careers of early career psychologists. APF’s donors made it possible to support these goals and help deploy psychology’s ability to make discoveries that improve our lives.

Two researchers who plan to use APF grants to end violence and destigmatize mental illness among children are:

  • Rezarta Bilali, PhD, an early career psychologist at the University of Massachusetts Boston, who is continuing innovative conflict-resolution research using her skills in social psychology. With a $14,600 Visionary Grant and a $5,000 Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant, Bilali will develop and test strategies to understand the underpinnings of mass violence and to foster conditions that lead people to acknowledge the harm they inflict and the need to offer restitution.

  • Hannah Weisman, a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will use her APF scholarship to help ease the pain children with mental illnesses endure when they are constantly teased or called “crazy” for an illness they cannot control. She will develop and conduct an intervention program called Mental Health Matters to improve sixth-graders’ knowledge of mental illness so that they will be less likely to stigmatize those who suffer from it.