January 2005 Announcements

2004 Meritorious Research Service Commendation Recognized at Board of Directors Meeting; NIH Open Access Policy on Indefinite Hold; Applications Now Available for 2005 Advanced Training Institutes; APA Summer Research Programs Ready for Applicants!; Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation; 2005 Academic Career Workshops; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; The Joint Committee on Testing Practices Releases Revised Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education; Department of Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program; APF Requests Proposals for the Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant; Nominations Requested for the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award; 2005 NIH Director's Pioneer Award; NIH Resources for New Investigators; NSF's 2005 Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) Competition; 2005 Members of APA Science Board and Committees

2004 Meritorious Research Service Commendation Recognized at Board of Directors Meeting

From left to right: Israel I. Lederhendler, Anita Miller Sostek, Willo Pequegnat, and Ronald P. Abeles received the 2004 Meritorious Research Service Commendation 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 award 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 2005 Meritorious Research Service Commendations are now being solicited and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2005. 

NIH Open Access Policy on Indefinite Hold

The much anticipated release of the NIH Open Access Policy (see PSA article from November 2004), scheduled for a briefing on January 11, has been postponed "indefinitely" according to news sources. The draft Open Access policy specified that investigators would be required to deposit articles reporting on all NIH funded research for online publication within six months of journal acceptance. APA will continue to track the initiative as it moves forward, so stay tuned! (read APA's comments on the draft policy).

Applications Now Available for 2005 Advanced Training Institutes

2005 will mark the sixth year of this highly successful program, featuring training seminars on fMRI (where this year's focus will be on clinical applications), structural equation modeling, and using large-scale databases, featuring the NICHD's Study of Early Child Care. 

The ATI on large-scale databases will be held from June 7-10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Participants will learn to use longitudinal data from NICHD's Study of Early Child Care (SECC). The SECC data are from 1,364 families, followed since their infants' birth in 1991. The study covers demographic, family, maternal, paternal and caregiver characteristics; child social and emotional outcomes; language development; cognitive skills; school readiness; growth and health measures, and much more. Through a grant from NICHD, training institute costs for transportation, lodging, food and materials will be covered.

The fMRI course is run by Robert L. Savoy, Director of fMRI Education at Massachusetts General Hospital, and will be held at the hospital's Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, just outside of Boston. It will be held from June 19-24. Most expenses are paid for invited applicants, thanks to a grant from NIMH.

The ATI on structural equation modeling in longitudinal research will also be held in June, exact dates to be determined. This course is taught by Jack McArdle at his home institution, the University of Virginia. This training covers a range of topics, including fundamental measurement problems, dealing with incomplete data, and new techniques for dynamic analyses. Course materials will include basic readings on the fundamental theoretical issues in contemporary longitudinal data analysis. These materials will also include all computer scripts (e.g., AMOS, LISREL, Mplus, Mx) used in the practical applications. Participants will be encouraged to bring along their own data and research problems, and time will be set aside daily for individual meetings with members of the faculty.

Two more ATIs are being planned (at the time of this writing, one on conducting online experiments, and another on behavioral genetics) so please check back over the winter to the ATI Web site for more information and applications.

APA Summer Research Programs Ready for Applicants!

February 2005 deadlines have been set for the APA Science Directorate’s two summer research experiences for undergraduates. The Summer Science Institute (SSI), now in its 10th year, and the Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP), new in 2004, will be open for applications beginning December 1, 2004.

Applications for SSI, to be held at Vanderbilt University June 18-26, 2005, will be accepted until February 8, 2005. The SSI is a 9-day intensive program designed to immerse students in the science of psychology. The Institute gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through seminars and hands-on laboratory activities. Visit the Summer Science Fellowship website for complete details about the program and online application.

The ASTP will be held at the University of Maryland July 9 – 17, 2005. Applications will be accepted until February 23, 2005. ASTP is an intensive, 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. Much of the statistical instruction will be geared toward the use of computer-assisted statistical packages (SPSS). ASTP will target students from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is extremely 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, physical or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.

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 1, 2005. For a list of past recipients, visit: the APA career site.

2005 Academic Career Workshops

The Science Directorate’s Academic Career Workshops have become an integral part of many scientific society meetings. We continue to receive rave review from attendees. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce graduate and postdoctoral students to the nuts and bolts of pursuing an academic career. Topics range from a description of variations in the academic culture across institutions to the pragmatics of the recruiting and hiring process.

See the academic careers website for the 2005 Academic Career Workshop schedule. If you are interested in additional information about the workshops, such as co-hosting or attending one, please contact Deborah McCall by phone at 202-218-3590 or via email.

Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2006 Master Lecture Program and the 2006 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 2005 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. 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 on-line at APA Master Lecturer Program. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas to reflect the broad range of topic areas across psychology. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2006 Convention, to be held in New Orleans, LA, August 10-13, 2006, will give lectures in each of the following areas:

  • developmental psychology
  • learning, behavior and action
  • methodology
  • psychopathology
  • social and cultural psychology

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 2006. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area and must be excellent speakers. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found on-line at the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program.  

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) via email or fax (202-336-5953) to Jeanie Kelleher, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 11, 2005.

The Joint Committee on Testing Practices Releases Revised Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education

The members of the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP) are pleased to announce the availability of the revised Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. Originally developed by the JCTP in 1988, the Code was initially designed as a statement of the primary obligations professionals who develop or use educational tests have toward test takers. The revised Code retains many of the features of the original, but has been updated to be consistent with the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

Formed in 1985, the JCTP is a consortium of professional organizations that have as their common link an involvement in testing and assessment. Founding members of JCTP include, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). Between 1987 and 2000, the JCTP expanded from the original three organizations to seven, adding the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the National Association of Test Directors (NATD). The APA Science Directorate coordinates and supports the administrative functions of the JCTP.

Copies of the revised Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education can be downloaded from the APA Science Directorate website. Paper copies of the Code are also available by contacting the APA Science Directorate at (202) 336-6000.

Department of Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program

Application materials for the DHS Scholars and Fellows Program will be available beginning January 18 for the 2005 competition at: To read more about the program, please visit the December 2004 issue of SPIN.

APF Requests Proposals for the Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant

Up to $10,000 is available for innovative psychological research and programs from the American Psychological Foundation. Applicants must be doctoral-level psychologists engaged in scientific study or program implementation in psychology. Special consideration will be given to programs that fit with the Foundation’s priority issues of violence prevention and the relationship between physical and mental health.

The application deadline is April 15, 2005. For further information, contact Shana Hawkins, APF, 750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5843; via email.

Nominations Requested for the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award

APA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks nominations for the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes work that contributes to a better understanding of the psychological issues and concerns facing communities of color. Tanaka was an Asian-American scholar and psychologist whose work emphasized the importance of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior. He was a fellow of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics) and a member of Divisions 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). Tanaka was chair-elect of CEMA at the time of his death in 1992.

CEMA welcomes applications from individuals who filed their dissertations in 2003 or 2004 on research involving one or more of the following areas:

  • Enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic-minority issues
  • Improving psychological service delivery systems to ethnic minorities
  • Developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic-minority populations
  • Creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs and needs of ethnic-minority communities.

A CEMA-appointed selection subcommittee will choose the winner through an anonymous review process. Criteria include impact on ethnic-minority populations, completeness and clarity, creativity and effectiveness of the research design. The subcommittee will choose semifinalists from submitted abstracts. Semifinalists must also submit copies of their entire dissertation for the final selection process.
The winner receives a nominal cash award, APA convention registration, a travel award sponsored by the APA Science Directorate to APA’s 113th annual convention in Washington, DC, and an invitation to briefly present the dissertation to the membership.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1. Please provide four copies of no more than 1,000 words. The dissertation title should appear on all four abstracts, although only one should identify the author and provide a current mailing address and daytime telephone number. All submissions should be sent to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. 

2005 NIH Director's Pioneer Award

The National Institutes of Health announces the 2005 NIH Director's Pioneer Award, a key component of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. The award supports scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

The program is open to scientists at all career levels who are currently engaged in any field of research, interested in exploring biomedically relevant topics, and willing to commit the major portion of their effort to Pioneer Award research. Women, members of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, and individuals in the early to middle stages of their careers are especially encouraged to nominate themselves. Awardees must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.

In September 2005, NIH expects to make 5 to 10 new Pioneer Awards of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for 5 years. The streamlined self-nomination process includes a 3 to 5 page essay, a biographical sketch, a list of current research support, and the names of 3 references. Submit nominations on the Pioneer Award Web site,, between March 1 and April 1, 2005. For more information, visit the Pioneer Award Web site or email your questions.

NIH Resources for New Investigators

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) has a website dedicated to new investigators, which provides links to valuable information, including tips on preparing applications. While it is aimed at new investigators, much of these resources are of interest to even seasoned investigators. See for more information.

NSF's 2005 Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) Competition

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released its program solicitation for the 2005 Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) competition. The HSD priority area fosters breakthroughs in understanding the dynamics of human action and development, as well as knowledge about organizational, cultural, and societal adaptation and change. HSD aims to increase our collective ability to (1) anticipate the complex consequences of change; (2) understand the dynamics of human and social behavior at all levels, including that of the human mind; (3) understand the cognitive and social structures that create, define, and result from change; and (4) manage profound or rapid change, and make decisions in the face of changing risks and uncertainty. Accomplishing these goals requires multidisciplinary research teams and comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches across the sciences, engineering, education, and humanities, as appropriate.

The FY 2005 competition will include three emphasis areas (Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty). Support will be provided for Full Research projects and for shorter-term Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community Development projects.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 9, 2005
Exploratory Research Proposals, and HSD Research Community Development Proposals: February 23, 2005
For the full announcement, visit:

2005 Members of APA Science Board and Committees

The members of the science governance groups and their meetings dates in 2005 are listed below:

Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA)
Roberta Klatzky, Chair, Carnegie Mellon University (2003-05)
Marilyn E. Carroll, Vice Chair, University of Minnesota (2003-2005)
Ronald T. Brown, Temple University (2005-07)
Sandra Graham, UCLA (2004-06)
Jo-Ida C. Hansen, University of Minnesota (2003-05)
Hazel R. Markus, Stanford University (2004-06)
Liora P. Schmelkin, Hofstra University (2005-07)
Norman E. Spear, Binghamton University-SUNY (2005-07)
John Weisz, Harvard University (2004-06)

Committee on Scientific Awards (COSA)
Gordon D. Logan, Chair, Vanderbilt University (2003-05)
John F. Disterhoft, Northwestern University (2005-07)
Susan Mineka, Northwestern University (2004-06)
Nora Newcombe, Temple University (2004-006)
Neal W. Schmitt, Michigan State University (2003-05)
Timothy D. Wilson, University of Virginia (2005-07)

Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE)
Mark S. Blumberg, Chair, University of Iowa (2003-05)
Chana K. Akins, University of Kentucky (2004-06)
Nancy K. Dess, Occidental College (2004-06)
Steven I. Dworkin, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2005-07)
Mary W. Meagher, Texas A&M University (2005-07)
James K. Rowlett, Harvard Medical School (2003-05)

Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA)
Deniz S. Ones, Chair, University of Minnesota (2003-05)
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)
David F. Lohman, University of Iowa (2005-07)
Samuel O. Ortiz, St. John’s University (2005-07)
Freddy A. Paniagua, University of Texas, Galveston (2005-07)
Antonio Puente, University of North Carolina (2004-06)

BSA, CPTA, and CARE will meet March 18-20, 2005. In the fall, CPTA and CARE will meet September 30-October 2, 2005 and BSA will meet November 4-6, 2005. COSA is scheduled to have its meeting October 14-15, 2005.