July 2007 Announcements

Announcing the 2007 APA Dissertation Research Awards; Early Researcher Award Applications Due in September!; Applications Invited for the Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for Mental Illness Services Research; Meeting Announcement: Building the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in the Service of Public Health

Announcing the 2007 APA Dissertation Research Awards

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors an 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 $1,000 each, and several larger grants of up to $5,000. Awards are provided to students whose dissertation research clearly reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

Dissertation research in any area of psychology is eligible for the award, although not more than three applications per year may be forwarded by each psychology department. Eligible students must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to the application deadline, but must not yet have received their doctoral degree. Award recipients will be listed in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science Agenda.

The deadline for Dissertation Research Award application packets to arrive at the Science Directorate is September 14, 2007. More information about this exciting opportunity can be found at APA awards.

Early Researcher Award Applications Due in September!

Graduate students should keep September 14, 2007 in mind as the new academic year begins. It is the deadline date for submissions for the 2007 Early Researcher Awards. These awards, sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, recognize outstanding student researchers who are currently early in their graduate training (i.e., this should be recently completed research, within approximately twelve months preceding the submission deadline). The Council is unable to accept submissions from advanced graduate students for research completed earlier in their graduate training. Submissions for research in progress will also not be accepted.

Strong preference will be given to students who demonstrate outstanding research abilities earlier in their graduate training (i.e., up to and including master’s thesis or equivalent), and who show a considerable level of independence in conducting their research.

Up to three awards will be given in 2007, drawn from basic science, applied science, and/or interdisciplinary science areas. Each recipient will receive an award of $1,000.

Please visit APA awards for more information.

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 2007 Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award. Since 2001, this award has supported dissertation research on mental illness services that has great potential to improve services for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In 2007 the amount of the award will be doubled, to $2,000. Topics encouraged for this award include, 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 14, 2007. Applicants for the Husted Award must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants for the APA Dissertation Research Awards, and application packets must be received by the Science Directorate by September 14. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts on serious mental illnesses.

Meeting Announcement: Building the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in the Service of Public Health

September 10-11, 2007
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

This trans-NIH conference is part the new strategic prospectus of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, which seeks to facilitate increased support for the “science of implementation” as a key avenue for moving behavioral and social science forward. Specifically, the prospectus calls for research to understand the factors which are promoting or impeding the adoption, adaptation, implementation, and maintenance of evidence-based practices by health providers, insurers, policy makers, and the public.

The Goals of the conference are to explicate the state of the theory, methods, and practice of dissemination and implementation research; highlight where increased conceptual, empirical, and methodological development is needed, thus identifying challenges for the field; foster dissemination and implementation science with the ultimate goal of improving public health through the availability, adoption, adaptation, and sustained maintenance of efficacious approaches that improve the quality of health and human services; and recruit additional researchers and develop a diverse community of scientists, thus fostering the interdisciplinary collaborations necessary to pursue such complex and multidimensional dissemination and implementation research.

Overview of Agenda and Registration:

The first day of the conference (September 10, 2007) will consist of targeted science presentations and dialogues that will provide an in-depth review of the field of dissemination and implementation research.

The second half-day (September 11, 2007) will consist of a technical assistance workshop for researchers who are interested in submitting an application under the current funding opportunity announcements. Participants interested in attending the technical assistance workshop must submit a two-page concept paper that includes no more than one page of specific aims and a one-page research design description. These concept papers will be used to provide feedback to participants and to organize content-specific discussion groups. View the concept paper guidelines on the OBSSR website.

For more information on the conference, visit the NIH Conference website.