January 2006 Announcements

Upcoming Deadlines: Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs); Family Research Consortium IV Announces its 3rd Annual Summer Institute; The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Awards Summer Fellowships; Submit your Applications for Department of Homeland Security Fellowship Program!; Call for Nominations for 2006 McGuigan Prize; New Training Grants for Neuroscience Research, Deadline Nears; New Journal Gives Researchers a Voice in Ethics Debates; Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation; Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture; NIMH Workshop for Emerging Research Investigators in Pediatric Mental Health: Making a Successful Transition to Research Career Independence

Upcoming Deadlines: Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs)

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) with Special Emphasis on Data Analysis
May 21-26, 2006
Deadline - Feb. 17, 2006

Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research
June 5-9, 2006
Deadline - Feb. 28, 2006

Childcare: It's More than You Think! A practical and hands-on approach to learning about large-scale databases
June 5 - 9, 2006
Deadline - Feb. 28, 2006

Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science
July 17-21, 2006
Deadline - March 15, 2006

Performing Web-Based Research
July 10-14, 2006
Deadline - March 15, 2006

To apply or for more information please visit the ATI website.

Family Research Consortium IV Announces its 3rd Annual Summer Institute: On the Move: Geographic Transitions and the Mental Health of Families

The purpose of this annual institute is to promote scholarly exchange and research related to families and mental health. Specifically, the 2006 Summer Institute will focus on transitions among diverse families. Research examining migration and its psychological consequences will be highlighted, in terms of assessment, prevention, practice, and intervention. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required for acceptance to the Summer Institute.

This year's workshop will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, June 29 - July 1, 2006. Please visit the website for complete details, including featured speakers! Applications will be available via the Family Research Consortium IV website in late January.

Inquiries may be directed to the Family Research Consortium IV.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Awards Summer Fellowships

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) awards summer fellowships to the students of faculty members interested in mentoring an undergraduate student at primarily undergraduate institutions. CUR fellowships provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to engage in approximately ten weeks of full-time research at their home institution. CUR is pleased to announce that the American Psychological Foundation is supporting a summer fellowship in the field of psychology in 2006.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program provides opportunities for faculty mentors to support promising undergraduates. Each fellowship provides funding for a student stipend and may provide additional support for travel, faculty honorarium, and equipment expenses.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2006.

Submit your Applications for Department of Homeland Security Fellowship Program!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces program guidelines for the 2006 competition cycle of the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program. DHS realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives.

In FY 2005, 12 graduate and undergraduate students in psychology received funds from this program. These generous scholarships and fellowships (full tuition plus stipend) are competitive, but well worth investigating. For the 2005 program, the success rate was about .30.

Complete information is available online.

The 2006 competition cycle will provide financial support beginning in fall 2006 for approximately 100 Scholars and Fellows.

All applicants are expected to apply using the online application. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2006, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Questions regarding the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program can be sent via email.

Call for Nominations for 2006 McGuigan Prize

In 2006, APF will award its third biennial $25,000 F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize to recognize the efforts of a young psychological science investigator to explicate the concept of the human mind from a primarily psychophysiological perspective. Physiological and behavioral research may qualify for support, but dualistic approaches, such as those espoused by many contemporary cognitive psychologists, do not qualify for support.

Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field and be fewer than 9 years post-doctoral degree at the time of the nomination. Nominees must also be affiliated with an accredited college, university or research institution. The prize will be awarded to the recipient's institution for the benefit of his or her research. Faculty salaries and indirect costs may not be requested.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2006. Nomination packages must contain six (6) copies of a nomination package, each package to include: a letter of nomination written by a senior colleague (no self-nominations); 1-2 page statement of accomplishments and plans for the next five years (written by nominee); a curriculum vitae; and two representative publications. Materials should be sent to: APF Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize, APA Science Directorate, at the APA address.

For more NIH offers information, visit the American Psychological Foundation, or contact the APA Science Directorate

New Training Grants for Neuroscience Research, Deadline Nears

Two new training grant competitions from the National Institutes of Health Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Initiative are now available. Both are focused on neuroimaging and computational neuroscience. The deadline date for submission is March 13, 2006 for both programs. Find detailed information about these and related programs by going to these NIH overview websites: Website (1) and Website (2).

These RFAs are an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a trans-NIH partnership to accelerate neuroscience research. Sixteen Institutes and Centers are participating in the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

New Journal Gives Researchers a Voice in Ethics Debates

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) is a new journal that seeks to create collaboration among stakeholders in human research ethics by stimulating research and disseminating knowledge to foster the intelligent application of ethical principles in research contexts worldwide. JERHRE (informally called Jerry) is the only journal in the field of human research ethics dedicated exclusively to publishing empirical research and reviews of empirical literature on human research ethics. Empirical research can translate ethical principles into procedures appropriate to the specific cultures, contexts, and research areas in which you work. Because the theories and methods of psychology are uniquely suited to understanding and solving problems of research ethics, psychologists can assert leadership in this contentious area instead of feeling at the mercy of "the system." Published research evidence has scientific standing that anecdote and standard practice cannot match.

JERHRE is a nonprofit international quarterly journal published in print and online formats. Its net income provides conferences and educational resources. Its distinguished Advisory and Review Board bring expertise and international perspective to provide high-quality, peer-reviewed original articles.

Joan Sieber, the JERHRE Editor, invites readers to:

Visit JERHRE's website for details.

Apply for a free one-year online subscription to JERHRE for 2006. To request a free subscription, contact JERHRE Editor Joan Sieber.

Become a leader in resolving these conflicts. See: "Call for Manuscripts" at JERHRE's website.

Attend, and submit a case to, JERHRE's July 28 conference on solving unresolved ethical/methodological problems. 

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, 2006. Please send nominations to Suzanne Wandersman.

View a list of past recipients.

Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture

The American Psychological Association's Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2006 Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture that is scheduled during the APA Convention in New Orleans, LA, August 10-13, 2006. This annual presentation spotlights experts in neuroscience and animal research. The selected speaker receives reimbursement for his/her travel expenses, up to $1,000. BSA will select the speaker at its 2006 spring meeting.

BSA is pleased to be able to dedicate time during the APA convention to neuroscience and animal research. The board honored the eminent neuroscientist Neal Miller by naming the lecture after him. Past speakers include: Neal Miller, Nancy Wexler, Larry Squire, Joseph LeDoux, Martha McClintock, Robert Ader, Linda Bartoshuk, Steven Maier, Elizabeth Gould, Edward Taub, J. Bruce Overmier, and Lynn Nadel.

Nominations must be received by February 10, 2006.

Please send a vita for your nominee by email or fax to:
Suzanne Wandersman
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC. 20002-4242
fax 202-336-5953.

NIMH Workshop for Emerging Research Investigators in Pediatric Mental Health: Making a Successful Transition to Research Career Independence

February 27 - 28, 2006
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Neuroscience Center
6001 Executive Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20852

The Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development (DPTR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports and administers programs of research, research training, and resource development with the ultimate goal of preventing and curing childhood psychopathology. A high priority for DPTR is to increase the number of research scientists in child and adolescent research who are prepared to transition to independent research careers. This workshop will focus on providing emerging investigators with resources necessary to initiate and continue upon the path of research independence focused on child and adolescent research. The two day workshop is structured so that most of the time will be spent in organized breakout sessions pertinent to attendee interest. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with Program Officials.

The workshop is geared towards providing information for the transition to independent research. Therefore NIH grantees and researchers who are at least at the postdoctoral level are welcome to attend.