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Recipients Announced for the 2007 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology

The fellowships are meant to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs, and are administered by the APA Science Directorate.

By Nicolle Singer

Each year since 1996, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) have jointly offered graduate research scholarships to doctoral students whose research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. The fellowships are meant to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs, and are administered by the APA Science Directorate.

Two of the major awards within the program are the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship and the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship. In addition, the foundation also gives several $1,000 awards per year. All applications are reviewed by a committee of distinguished COGDOP members. The award recipients scored the highest on a variety of criteria, including their description of the context of the research, research design, and the theoretical and applied value of the study.

Danielle Knatz Bello (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) received this year’s $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship. Her proposal is “Neurocognitive Deficits and Functional Outcome in Bipolar I Disorder” and focuses on the relationship between neurocognitive function and functional outcome in people with bipolar disorder. This research has the potential to fill a gap in the literature by assessing symptoms, neurocognitive abilities, and disease chronicity and functional outcomes.

David B. Portnoy (University of Connecticut) received this year’s the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship. His proposal “Cognitive Processes of Decisions about the Future” integrates elements of decision making and health promotion research, investigating how people can maintain focus on a long-term goal while completing many small steps leading up to that goal. To accomplish this, he is conducting two lab studies and one field study. The lab studies will target cognitive factors, and the field study will assess the effectiveness of a diet-health intervention.

Additionally, the following students were awarded $1,000 APF/COGDOP Scholarships. The research pursued by these applicants reflects excellence in scientific psychology across the breadth of the discipline, and the students themselves are at many different stages in their graduate careers. In all, 10 of the recipients have completed master’s degree or the equivalent while 3 are currently early in their graduate careers, working to complete this stage.

Robin L. Aupperle (University of Kansas) received funding for her proposal, “A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled fMRI Study Examining the Effects of Acute D-Cycloserine Administration on Brain Activations and Cognitive Functioning in Spider Phobia.”

Ethan H. Beckley (Oregon Health and Science University) received an APF/COGDOP Award for his proposal on the effect of progesterone withdrawal on depression and anxiety in premenstrual syndrome and postpartum depression in a mouse model.

Leigh C. P. Botley (University of Toronto) received funding for her research examining the neural substrates on which the neurochemical acetylcholine affects attentional processes in rats, whose basal forebrains are highly similar to those found in the human brain.

Whitney E. Botsford (George Mason University) received funding for her research in industrial/organizational psychology: “Identifying and Clarifying Mothers’ Experiences Upon Returning to Work.”

Adam D. Brown (New School for Social Research) was awarded a scholarship for his proposal “Forgetting, Emotion, and Trauma: Socially-Shared Retrieval-Induced Forgetting and Trauma.”

Kristin E. Flegal (University of Michigan) received funding for her proposal “Memory Distortions: Common and Dissociable Short-Term and Long-Term Mechanisms.”

Donna A. Kreher (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) received an award for her proposed research in clinical psychology, “An Integrative Model of Depression in Late Adolescence.”

Carissa A. Low (University of California, Los Angeles) was awarded an APF/COGDOP Scholarship for her research “Emotional Approach Processes and Adjustment to Metastatic Breast Cancer.”

Sita G. Patel (University of California, Berkeley) received funding for her research “Adolescents in Cultural Transition: Cognitive Appraisals and Coping with Acculturative Stressors.”

Heather L. Rogers (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) received an award for her proposal “Social Support, Acute Coronary Syndrome, and Heart Failure: The Role of Inflammatory Processes.”

Jennifer L. Wright (University of Wyoming) received funding for her proposal “Child and Adolescent Conceptions of the Personal, Social, and Moral Domains: Implications for Diversity, Tolerance, and Education.”