July/August 2006 Announcements

A Scientist’s Guide to the 2006 APA Convention; Announcing the 2006 APA Dissertation Research Awards; Applications Invited for the Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for Mental Illness Services Research

A Scientist’s Guide to the 2006 APA Convention

The Science Directorate has prepared a listing of science-focused programs for the 114th APA Convention which is being held in New Orleans, LA from August 10-13, 2006.

Science Directorate-sponsored programs as well as sessions sponsored by APA Divisions are highlighted. Copies will be available for distribution during the convention at the Science Directorate Booth.

This guide was developed to highlight and promote science-focused convention programming. Convention programs include symposia, paper and poster sessions, invited addresses, discussions, and workshops.

Announcing the 2006 APA Dissertation Research Awards

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors this annual competition for dissertation research funding. This award program assists science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs by awarding 30-40 grants of $1000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5000. Awards are provided to students whose dissertation research clearly reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

Dissertations in any area of psychological research are eligible for the award. Eligible students have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees as of the application deadline, but have not yet received a doctoral degree. Awards are given directly to the individual graduate student recipients, who will be listed in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science Agenda.

The application deadline for the Dissertation Research Awards is September 15, 2006

Applications Invited for the Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for Mental Illness Services Research

The American Psychological Foundation and APA's Science Directorate invite proposals for the 2006 Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award. This $1,000 award supports dissertation research on mental illness services with great potential to improve services for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, by, for example:

  • Developing interventions that prevent deterioration, homelessness, and premature deaths of those with serious mental illness.

  • Improving the medication and treatment compliance of those with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

  • Improving the identification, diversion, and treatment of people who enter the criminal justice system as a result of their mental illness.

  • Educating professionals in the criminal justice system about the role of serious mental illnesses in the behavior of mentally ill offenders.

  • Increasing access to and use of services and support for the most treatment-resistant and severely mentally ill individuals.

The application deadline is September 15. Applicants for the Husted Award must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants for the APA Dissertation Research Awards. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts on serious mental illnesses.