January 2004 Announcements

BSA Recognizes the Recipients of the 2003 Meritorous Rsearch Service Commendation; Attend an Academic Career Workshop; Current Members of Science Board and Committee/Meeting Dates; Upcoming Awards from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP); Summer Science Institutes Unveil Newest Seminar; Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychological Science: April 13-14, 2004

Recipients of the 2003 Meritorious Research Service Commendation

The recipients of the 2003 Meritorious Research Service Commendation were honored at the December 2003 meeting of the APA Board of Directors. The award was developed by the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) to recognize those unsung but outstanding psychologists in the federal government who advance the discipline by their programmatic activities-typically by fostering the research of others. This commendation recognizes the important contributions to the discipline that these psychologists make by identifying funding streams, developing new directions, and fostering research opportunities. Nominations for the 2004 Meritorious Research Service Commendations are now being solicited and the deadline for submission is March 8, 2004. Please see the list of announcements for details.


Robert J. Sternberg, APA president; Peter G. Kaufmann, Lisa S. Onken, Edgar M. Johnson, Delores L. Parron, Steven J. Breckler, and Norman B. Anderson, APA Chief Executive Officer.

Attend An Academic Career Workshop

As part of its outreach to graduate students and postdocs, the Science Directorate is proud to sponsor, "Academic Career Workshops" throughout the country. Topics range from a description of variations in the academic culture across institutions to the pragmatics of the recruiting and hiring process. Accomplished panelists share their insights, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

The next workshop will be held at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, TX on January 29, 2004 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Other workshops in 2004 are being planned for the Southwestern Psychological Association, Midwestern Psychological Association, Eastern Psychological Association and the Asian American Psychological Association.

These workshops are FREE! Look for more details to come on the APA Science Web site.

Members of Science Board and Committees

The 2004 members of the science governance groups and their meetings dates are listed below:

Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA)
Suzanne B. Johnson, Chair, Florida State University (2002-04)
Linda M. Bartoshuk, Yale University (2002-04)
Gwyneth M. Boodoo, Educational Testing Service (2002-04)
Marilyn E. Carroll, University of Minnesota (2003-05)
Jacquelynne E. Eccles, University of Michigan (2001-03)
Sandra Graham, UCLA (2004-06)
Jo-Ida Hansen, University of Minnesota (2003-05)
Roberta L. Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University (2003-05)
Hazel R. Markus, Stanford University (2004-06)
John R. Weisz, UCLA (2004-06)

Committee on Scientific Awards (COSA)
Shelley E. Taylor, Chair, UCLA (2002-04)
William Greenough, University of Illinois (2002-04)
Gordon Logan, Vanderbilt University (2003-05)
Susan Mineka, Northwestern University (2004-06)
Nora Newcombe, Temple University (2004-06)
Neal Schmitt, Michigan State University (2003-05)

Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE)
Chana K. Akins, Chair, University of Kentucky (2004-06)
Mark S. Blumberg, University of Iowa (2003-05)
Mark Galizio, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2002-04)
Nancy K. Dess, Occidental College (2004-06)
James K. Rowlett, Harvard Medical School (2003-05)
Lisa M. Savage, Binghamton University (2002-04)

Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA)
Jerry J. Sweet, Chair, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Medical Group (2002-04)
Achilles N. Bardos, University of Northern Colorado (2002-04)
Jeffery Braden, North Carolina State University (2004-06)
Barbara Byrne, University of Ottawa (2004-06)
Tom Kubiszyn, University of Houston (2003-05)
Frederick T. L. Leong, University of Tennessee (2003-05)
Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota (2003-05)
Antonio Puente, University of North Carolina (2004-06)
Rebecca Zwick, University of San Diego (2002-04)

In 2004, BSA, CPTA, and CARE will meet at the same time as all the other APA boards and committees on March 26-28. In the fall, CPTA and CARE will meet when all APA committees meet on October 1-3 and BSA will meet when all APA boards meet on November 5-7. COSA is scheduled to have its meeting October 15-16.

Awards and Opportunities

Carolyn Payton Early Career Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) recognizes the achievement of a Black woman in the early stages of her career - no more than 10 years post doctorate. Application deadline is April 1, 2004. Contact Ruth Hall, Department of Psychology, The College of New Jersey, PO Box 7718, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718.

Also from AWP - an award for a paper relevant to the psychology of Jewish women. Deadline is May 1. Contact Lillian Klempfner, 4800
Topeka Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356.

APA has a year long internship program in Washington DC for graduate students interested in public policy. Deadline for application is March 5. Get more information by emailing or visiting APA's Public Policy Web site.

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.

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.