December 2003 Announcements

Summer Science Institutes Unveil Newest Seminar; Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Preview New Human Resource Management System; Decade of Behavior Off to Exciting Start as it Enters fourth Year; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers abd Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Commendation; Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychological Science: April 13-14, 2004

Summer Science Institutes Unveil Newest Seminar

In July 2004, the APA will hold an advanced seminar in statistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. This new program, the Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) program, will be an intensive, 9-day, hands-on seminar in which students learn about psychological statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes the skills it takes to analyze and interpret real data. This seminar will be co-taught by award winning instructors Keith Maddox (Tufts University) and Brett Pelham (SUNY, Buffalo) who have each taught statistics and/or research methods at major research universities.

ASTP will target students from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is broad. The seminar will undoubtedly include students who are members of ethnic minority groups, but it will also include first generation college students and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.

ASTP will focus primarily on statistics and research methods. However, the program will also include a professional socialization component, in which students will learn about important topics such as maximizing one’s chances of being admitted to graduate school and maximizing one’s chances of being happy and successful once admitted. Several prominent guest speakers have already been lined up for these special lectures. The co-instructors describe the program as a chance to develop the kind of sophisticated skills that one actually uses as a researcher. It also represents a chance to learn more about overcoming barriers to professional success. Finally, it provides talented students a chance to get to know some of the other talented students who will shape the future of psychological research.

Those accepted into the program, which will take place July 10 - 18, will pay a $200 registration fee and provide for their own travel. APA will cover the cost of room, board, lectures, and labs. Financial need should not be a barrier to participation. Thus, for those with financial need, scholarship support is available. We expect ASTP to be very competitive. Eligibility is limited to college students (senior class of either 2004 or 2005) who have firm plans to attend a graduate program in psychology after college, and who plan to pursue research careers. The application deadline for summer 2004 is Tuesday, February 17, 2004.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Preview New Human Resource Management System
by Dianne Brown Maranto, Director of Psychology in the Workplace

In its authorizing legislation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was charged with developing its own human resource management system, independent from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) system, which is used by other federal departments and agencies. A Human Resources Management System (HRMS) Design Team has completed its development process and a new system should be released for public review and comment at the end of this year. Industrial-organizational psychologists, who have expertise in the research bases for the human resource systems being developed, helped inform this process and stand ready to react to the final plan.

The new system will cover six human resources areas: pay, classification, performance management, labor relations, discipline and appeals. The design team defined each of the six areas in terms of its system elements. For example, under pay, one system element might be ‘setting of pay ranges.’ In preparation, they enlisted subject matter experts and conducted management and employee focus groups, then developed several options in these six areas for a Senior Review Advisory Committee (SRC) to consider in October. The information can be obtained from the design team’s homepage.

The SRC reviewed the options according to a set of guiding principles that were developed by another subgroup of DHS and OPM staff, which reflect the authorizing legislation. They then provided a summary report to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge and Chief Human Capital Officer Ronald James, who will then decide on a final plan to be published for review in the Federal Register. The report is available on the web. 

In a system addressing pay, labor relations, and discipline, there are many hot button issues. One example is the issue of pay for performance as a replacement for the current federal system of pay for years of experience and time-in-grade. According to the American Federation of Government Employees, “… individual pay for performance makes looking out for oneself the highest priority, above teamwork, above mission, above the spirit of public service.” Federal employee union groups were represented on the senior advisory committee.

To be alerted to the Federal Register announcement when it is released, sign up on APA’s Psychological Science in the Workplace InfoNet (PSWIN). 

Decade of Behavior Off to Exciting Start as it Enters  Fourth Year

The Decade of Behavior will begin its fourth year in 2004 and there are already exciting programs and activities being planned!

What the Decade has accomplished so far:

  • The first 2004 Decade of Behavior Research Award recipients were selected in October and will receive funding to participate in a briefing on Capitol Hill. Recipients of the award were David Dinges, who was nominated by The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences and David Williams, who was nominated by the American Sociological Association.

  • Three individuals were chosen to participate in the 2004 Distinguished Lecture Program. Each of the awardees conducts research reflective of Decade themes that also stretches the boundaries of traditional disciplinary focus to promote cross-disciplinary behavioral and social science research. The chosen lecturers were Janet Norwood, nominated by the American Educational Research Association; Jeffrey Sachs, nominated by the Association of American Geographers; and Amartya Sen, nominated by the American Political Science Association.

  • The Behavior Matters booklet for psychology has been translated into Spanish and will be distributed to foreign affiliates and various agencies and schools in the U.S.

  • An update of FundSource, a search tool designed to assist behavioral and social scientists to secure research funding and can be accessed online.

  • Brought the thrill and excitement of the behavioral and social sciences to secondary school students through Exploring Behavior Week. This program is designed to encourage students to explore a career path within these disciplines.

Programs and activities to expect in 2004:

  • A Behavior Matters booklet for the Communications discipline. This booklet will be produced by the National Communication Association and reflects how communication makes a difference in our daily lives.

  • Improved and updated materials to promote Exploring Behavior Week and a nationwide recruitment effort to promote the program.

  • Acceptance of nominations for positions on the National Advisory Committee, the 2005 Decade of Behavior Research Award, and Distinguished Lecture Program.

  • An initiative to inform the public and organizations about the Decade of Behavior through the placement of the logo on journals and publications, as well as links to the Decade website on the homepages of various organizations and foundations.

  • The collaborative development of a list highlighting the most substantial behavioral and social science breakthroughs over the past year and a list highlighting important growth areas in the behavioral and social science fields.

  • The groundwork for an educational television series or video series highlighting the contributions of behavioral and social science research to the resolution of societal problems and concerns.

Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2005 Master Lecture Program and the 2005 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. These annual programs spotlight experts in psychological science and are sponsored by the APA’s Science Directorate.

Selected speakers receive an honorarium of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel expenses, up to $1,000. All nominees should be excellent public speakers. BSA will review all nominations at its 2004 spring meeting. Nominations may be for either the Distinguished Lecture or the Master Lecture program (or both).

The Master Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to five (5) psychological scientists to speak at the APA Annual Convention. A list of previously selected speakers can be found online. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2005 Convention, to be held in Washington, DC, August 18-21, 2005, will be chosen to have expertise in each of the following areas:

  • Applied psychology

  • Biopsychology – animal and human

  • Cognition and perception

  • Health and behavioral medicine

  • Personality and individual differences

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to three (3) psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2005. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found online.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by e-mail or fax to Jeanie Kelleher, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 20, 2004.

Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation

The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for the Meritorious Research Service Commendation. This commendation recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations. Contributions are defined according to service to the field that directly or indirectly advances opportunities and resources for psychological science. This may include staff at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies. Nominees may be active or retired but ordinarily will have a minimum of 10 years of such service. The individual’s personal scholarly achievements (i.e., research, teaching, and writing) are not considered in the selection process independent of their service contributions.

To submit a nomination provide the following:

  • A letter of nomination that describes and supports the individual’s contributions (e.g., nature of the individual’s service to psychological science, positions held, program development activities). The nomination letters should be no more than two pages long.

  • A curriculum vita

  • Three letters of support from scientists, at least two from outside the nominee’s organization

Deadline for submitting nominations is March 8, 2004. Please send nominations to: Suzanne Wandersman, email:

Past Meritorious Research Service Commendation recipients:

2003: Steven J. Breckler (National Science Foundation)
Edgar M. Johnson (Army Research Institute)
Peter G. Kaufmann (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH)
Lisa S. Onken (National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH)
Delores Parron (National Institutes of Health)

2002: Rodney Cocking (awarded posthumously) (National Science Foundation)
Robert Croyle (National Cancer Institute, NIH)
Sarah Friedman (National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development, NIH)
David Shurtleff (National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH)
Joseph Young (National Science Foundation) 

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.