November 2003 Announcements

APA Helps Bring Psychological Science to Education; National Advisory Committee Meeting Held on October 8-9 at the American Sociological Association; F.J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize; 2004 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant; Call for Nomination for the 2004 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences: Proposals Invited; Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychological Science: April 13-14, 2004

APA Helps Bring Psychological Science to Education

APA recently won a grant to provide postdoctoral fellowships to encourage psychological science in education. The 2 million dollar award, from the Institute of Education Sciences, is to create the “American Psychological Association/Institute of Educational Sciences Postdoctoral Education Research Training Program (APA/IES PERT).” The goal of the program is to increase cutting edge psychological science research in school-based teaching, learning and achievement. To do this, the program will provide postdoctoral fellowships for psychology researchers to work with mentors who have substantial expertise and experience in school-based research. During the fellowship period, researchers will design and conduct school-based education research – including learning the pragmatics of conducting school-based research, such as scaling up in size, matching research questions to curriculum issues, addressing evaluation research on education interventions, and addressing issues in teacher recruitment, teacher preparation, and teacher development. Fellows will also participate activities focused on translating research into practice, promoting career socialization, building a community of APA/IES scholars, and developing interest in education sciences throughout the graduate education pipeline in psychology.

Gaining this award is a positive step in long-standing APA initiatives to bring psychological science to education and to equip psychology researchers to take the research into the school system. The fellowships will be awarded for up to 2 years with an annual stipend of $55,000. In addition to research, fellows will attend a 2-day orientation conference and will participate in annual mini-institutes organized and conducted by the Education and Science Directorates that bring other APA/IES fellows, mentors, and advisory panel members together.

National Advisory Committee Meeting Held October 8-9 at the American Sociological Association
by Jessica Bryant, Special Projects Associate

The annual National Advisory Committee meeting was held on October 8-9 at the American Sociological Association. The committee is comprised of a panel of distinguished scientists spanning the behavioral and social science disciplines who guide the Decade, laying the basic framework for Decade programs and overseeing their progress. During the meeting the committee selected three individuals as the Decade of Behavior Distinguished Lecture Program awardees and two scientists to receive the 2004 Decade of Behavior Research Award for Health.

Distinguished Lecture awardees are:
Jeffrey Sachs, nominated by the Association of American Geographers
Janet Norwood, nominated by the American Educational Research Association
Amartya Sen, nominated by the American Political Science Association

These individuals were selected because their research stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplinary focus and highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to societal concerns.

2004 Research Award Recipients:
David Dinges, nominated by The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences
David Williams, nominated by the American Sociological Association

This award recognizes excellence in the behavioral and social sciences for research that has impacted policy or has made other concrete contributions to solving social problems.

American Psychological Foundation Announcements

American Psychological Foundation
F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize

The American Psychological Foundation announces it second biennial $25,000 prize—to be given in 2004—to recognize the efforts of a young psychological science investigator in the areas of research consistent with those pursued by Frank Joseph McGuigan, PhD. The prize will be awarded to the recipient’s institution for the benefit of his or her research. Faculty salaries and indirect costs (i.e., overhead) may not be requested.

Eligible research area: According to the bequest, “the prize is focused to support research, to explicate the concept of the human mind. The approach must be a materialistic one fostering both empirical and theoretical research. Empirical research would primarily be psychophysiological, but physiological and behavioral research may also qualify for support…dualistic approaches such as espoused by many contemporary cognitive psychologists do not qualify for support."

Nominee eligibility: Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field, and be 9 or fewer years post-doctoral degree at the time of the nomination deadline. Nominees must have an affiliation with an accredited college, university, or other research institution.

Nomination procedure: Nomination packages must contain six copies of each of the following: (1) letter of nomination written by a senior colleague (no self-nominations); (2) 1-2 page statement of accomplishments to date and plans for the next 5 years (written by the nominee); (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) copies of two representative publications. This package should be sent to:

APF Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize
American Psychological Association Science Directorate
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Selection criteria: The recipient will be selected based on the excellence of the full breadth of research conducted and published to date, as well as the promise of research planned for the next five years.
Deadline for Receipt of Nomination: March 1, 2004

For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate.

American Psychological Foundation
2004 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) announces the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant to be given in 2004. For the 2004 cycle of the grant, professional academicians or practitioners engaged in relevant research projects are invited to apply. The grant has been created to advance the systemic understanding of family and/or couple dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible for grants through the fund.

Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson's work.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants from a variety of professional or educational settings are encouraged to apply. Awards are given in alternate years to students and professionals. The 2004 grant will go to a professional academician or practitioner. To qualify for the 2004 cycle of the award, all applicants (including co-investigators) must have a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., or M.D.).

Applications must include:

  • Statement of the proposed project
  • Rationale for how the project meets the goals of the fund
  • Budget for the project
  • Statement about how the results of the project will be disseminated (published paper, report, monograph, etc.)
  • Personal reference material (vita and two letters of recommendation)

Applicants must submit seven (7) copies of their entire application packets. Send application packets by February 1, 2004, to the APF Awards Coordinator (address below). Applicants will be notified on or after April 15, 2004.

Amount of Grant: $5,000.00

Deadline: February 1, 2004

For additional information, contact the APF Awards Coordinator at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

Call for Nomination for the 2004 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for its 2004 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology. The Gold Medal in Science recognizes life achievement in and enduring contributions to scientific research in psychology. Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America.

The Gold Medal award includes a medal and $2,000, to be donated by APF to the charitable institution of the winner’s choice, as well as an all-expense-paid trip for the recipient and one guest to APA’s 2004 annual convention, in Honolulu, July 28-August 1, for two nights and three days. (Coach round-trip airfare, and reasonable expenses for accommodations, and meals for two individuals will be reimbursed.)

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s record of achievement in promoting psychology as a science and of scientific research, and the nominee’s current curriculum vitae. Letters in support of the nomination from fellow professionals are also highly encouraged.

All nomination materials should be received, as a complete packet, no later than December 1, 2003, and should be mailed to the APF Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited

The Science Directorate is currently seeking proposals for research conferences in psychology. The purpose of this program is to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology. The next deadline for applications is December 1, 2003.

Grant money ranging from $500 to $20,000 is available for the scientific conference. Proposals will be considered using such formats as “add-a-day” conferences ($500-$3,000 available), “stand alone” conferences ($5,000-$20,000 available), and festschrifts ($5,000-$20,000 available). APA is also open to innovative ways of holding conferences. The conference must be additionally supported by the host institution with direct funds, in-kind support, or a combination of the two. Please note that a detailed budget including institutional support is required for application.

Conference proposals must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the primary organizers must be a member of APA

  • Only academic institutions accredited by a regional body may apply. Independent research institutions must provide evidence of affiliation with an accredited institution. Joint proposals from cooperating institutions are encouraged.

  • Conferences may be held only in the United States, its possessions, or Canada.

Conference summaries or other appropriate documents are normally requested to be submitted to APA after the conference is held for consideration for publication and dissemination under the authority of the association. APA reserves the right of first refusal for all publications from APA-sponsored conferences and will hold the copyright on such documents. Conferences should take place within approximately 12 months after the funding decision is made.

Seventy-five percent of funds will be distributed to grantees prior to the conferences, and the remaining twenty-five percent will be released when the manuscripts (which result from the conference summaries) are ready for publication, as determined by APA. The documents will be published under the authority of APA.

Conference review committee members are: Stephen Ceci, PhD; Irene Frieze, PhD; Keith Humphreys, PhD; John Kihlstrom, PhD; Linda Parker, PhD; and Sheldon Zedeck, PhD.

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2003
Please mail proposals to:
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Attn: Scientific Conferences Proposals
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychological Science
April 13–14, 2004

Executive Summary

Sangeeta Panicker, Ph.D., Director of Research Ethics Office
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

Francis Beylotte, MS
American Psychological Association

Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychological Science

The responsible conduct of research in psychological science was the focus of this workshop held on April 13 and 14, 2004 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington, DC.

The Research Ethics Office at the American Psychological Association (APA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity organized this workshop. The workshop was made possible by the contributions and active participation of experts in the research field from across academic disciplines, from organizations and from federal regulatory agencies. The workshop provided academic professionals, government policy professionals and both graduate and undergraduate students opportunities for dialog and exchange on particular issues related to the responsible conduct of psychological science.

The workshop comprised one and a half days of plenary, discussion, and breakout sessions focusing on three specific topics in the responsible conduct of research:

Conflicts of Interest.
Participants had the opportunity to explore ethical and responsible conduct of research issues that arise, the impact of investigator and institutional conflicts of interest on research, faculty-student relationships, methodological and human participant protection issues in data archiving, and the impact of regulations and policies such as the HIPAA privacy rule and the NIH data-sharing policy on behavioral research.

Conflicts of Interest

Mary Ann McCabe chaired the conflicts of interest panel and presented the agenda. Celia Fisher presented the plenary address for this section. Her talk included an overview of "multiple role responsibilities and competing interests" in psychological science. Barbara Stanley described the potential conflicts of interests from the perspective of an "investigator that also functions as a clinician". Tomas Eissenberg provided multiple examples of non-financial conflicts of interest. Chris Pascal discussed the principles of "financial and other conflicts of interest in the context of disclosing and managing those conflicts of interest and the risks of failing to do so". The participants asked questions following the presentations. Afterwards, the participants were divided into two breakout groups. These breakout groups were facilitated by Chris Pascal and Mary Ann McCabe in separate rooms where up to five conflicts of interest case studies were discussed. These cases and discussions allowed elaboration on the topics from the previous presentations.


Steven Behnke chaired the mentoring panel and laid out the agenda. June Price Tangney's plenary address focused the didactic nature of the mentoring relationships in the context of "making the most of mentoring relationships". W. Brad Johnson presented some of the "emotionally complex, reciprocal, and long-lasting, contain specific ingredients that can create ethical quandaries" in a mentoring relationship. Matt McGue discussed mentoring in the context of authorship in collaborative research between students and mentors. Marshall Narva presented a series of case studies illustrating "when the mentor paid inadequate attention or served as a poor role model." The participants asked questions following the presentations. Once again participants were separated into two breakout groups. W. Brad Johnson and Steven Behnke facilitated the breakout groups for mentoring. Up to five case examples were provided to aid the discussions.

Data Sharing

Merry Bullock chaired the data-sharing panel, which was held on the final day of the workshop. Francis Macrina provided an historical overview of data sharing and included a review of the contemporary context (e.g., NIH data sharing guidelines). Eloise Malone and Allen Harmon provided "a survey of data archiving from the practitioner perspective." Lora Kutkat provided "basic information about certain provisions of the Privacy Rule (HIPAA) in the context of health research.". The participants asked questions following the presentations. Participants were divided in two groups to discuss up to five case studies related to data sharing. One breakout group was co-facilitated by Francis Beylotte and Francis Macrina and Marry Bullock facilitated the other. The workshop was concluded by a group discussion of the issues related to data sharing. Sangeeta Panicker made additional closing comments.

The Research Ethics Office at APA is committed to the issue of responsible conduct of research in psychological science and will continue to hold similar workshops.