Announcements

December 2007 Announcements

Applications Due in January for APA Science Policy Fellowship; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture; Culture of Service Nominations Due; The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces program guidelines for the 2008 competition cycle of the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships: Connecting Agendas and Forging New Directions

Applications Due in January for APA Science Policy Fellowship

Have you always wanted to get some experience working at the intersection of science and government? Are you looking to spend a sabbatical exploring the world of psychology and public policy? Come spend a year in Washington, DC as the 2008-2009 APA Executive Branch Science Policy Fellow, sponsored by APA’s Science Directorate. This year’s Fellow, a psychologist with a background in neuroscience, is assigned to the behavioral science portfolio within the Department of Defense’s Counterintelligence office. Previous Fellows have been assigned to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, various institutes at NIH, the CIA, and NSF. Applications for the 2008-2009 Science Policy Fellowship Program are due January 8, 2008. For more information please contact Heather Kelly in the Science Government Relations Office.


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 2009 Master Lecture Program and the 2009 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 2008 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. Nominations may be for either the Distinguished Lecture Program 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 online. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2009 Convention, to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 6-9, 2009, will be chosen to have expertise in each of the following areas:

  • Applied psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Cognition and perception

  • Health and behavioral medicine

  • Personality and individual differences

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 2009. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found on-line at the APA website.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by email or fax (fax 202-336-5953) to Stephanie Cox, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2008.


Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2009 Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture that is scheduled during the APA Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 6-9, 2009. 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 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 Adar, Linda Bartoshuk, Steven Maier, Elizabeth Gould, Edward Taub, J. Bruce Overmier, Lynn Nadel, Bruce McEwen, and Sue Carter.

Please send a vita for your nominee by email or fax (202-336-5953) to Stephanie Cox, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2008.


Culture of Service Nominations Due

The APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service.

Nominees will have demonstrated their service to the discipline by aiding in association governance; serving on boards, committees and various psychological associations; editing journals; reviewing grant proposals; mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. Nominees may be involved in one service area, many of the areas, or all of the service areas noted above. An individual’s service to the discipline and not a person’s scholarly achievements are the focus of this award. The submission deadline for the 2008 award is March 31, 2008.


Past Recipients
2007: Roxanne Cohen Silver
2006: Robert Balster; Nora Newcombe
2005: Robert Bjork; J. Bruce Overmier

The APA Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences. Departments selected for this award will show a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including a demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion. Successful Departments will also demonstrate that service to the profession is an integral part of training and mentoring.

Service to the discipline includes such activities as departmental release time for serving on boards and committees of psychological associations; editing journals; serving on a review panel; or chairing an IRB. Other culture of service activities that a department would encourage include mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. The focus of this award is a department’s faculty service to the discipline and not their scholarly achievements. The submission deadline for the 2008 award is March 31, 2008.

Past Recipients
2007: George Mason University, Department of Psychology; University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
2006: Davidson College Department of Psychology; University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology

Visit APA Awards for more information on nomination procedures.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces program guidelines for the 2008 competition cycle of the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program

Complete information is available online. All applicants are expected to apply using the online application. The deadline for submitting an application is January 7, 2008, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Questions regarding the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program can be sent here. Your assistance in displaying the program poster available would be appreciated.


Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships: Connecting Agendas and Forging New Directions
February 28-29, 2008 • Bethesda, Maryland

Alan Kazdin, President-Elect of APA, has selected this summit as part of his presidential initiative. Topics include Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment, Children Exposed to Violence and Abuse, Elder Abuse, Gender-Based Issues, Cultural Issues, Ethnic Minorities, Substance Abuse, and related themes. The focus will be on What We Know, What We Need to Know, and Where Do We Need to Go with respect to Research, Intervention, and Prevention. The program will consist of a number of plenary speakers and break-out groups to discuss relevant topics.

Preliminary Plenary Presenters include Arun Gandhi, Mary Koss, Jacki McKinney, Rodney Hammond, Ann Coker, and David Finkelhor and many other keynote speakers.

For additional information and to register for this summit, visit the Reisman-White website, or call (512) 845-9059.