January 2008 Announcements
New Undergraduate Summer Research Program Unveiled!
The APA Science Directorate is pleased to announce a new program for 2008 -- the Summer Science Fellowships (SSF). An offshoot of the successful Summer Science Institute, SSF aims to immerse advanced undergraduate students in the science of psychology by exposing them to the excitement and promise of the best of psychological science. Our principal objective is to inform these students about the science of psychology and its promise for the future, and help prepare them for the rigors of graduate study in psychological science.
An expenses-paid, intensive summer training program, the purpose of SSF is to allow 12 talented students to be placed in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area for up to 6 weeks. The SSF program gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills essential to success in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty.
The program is expected to run from late June to early August. Students will be provided with travel funds, stipend for living expenses, and a summer salary. This should make the program financially feasible for most college students.
Eligibility is strictly limited to rising college seniors. Applicants should be psychology majors, although students with related preparation may apply if they expect to enter a psychological science graduate program.
Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are due Monday, March 3, 2008.
Visit the Summer Science Fellowship page for complete details about the program and online application.
Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology
Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) is an intensive, 9-day, hands-on seminar on statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes hands-on computer skills. Up to 20 students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in psychology are annually selected. Students are mentally stimulated with lectures, SPSS activities, hands-on activities, and discussions of graduate school. After a full day of t-tests, multiple regression, linear correlation, ANOVA, and repeated measures design, students have the opportunity to participate in blackjack workshops, juggling workshops, Charades, and other fun.
The ASTP targets students who are rising seniors and who are from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is extremely broad, including students who are members of ethnic minority groups, first generation college students, and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.
ASTP is expected to take place in July of 2008. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
2008 Advanced Training Institutes Announced
The APA Science Directorate is pleased to sponsor five Advanced Training Institutes in the summer of 2008. These intensive training programs are hosted each summer at prominent research institutions across the country. ATIs expose advanced graduate students, new and established faculty, post-docs, and other researchers to state-of-the-art research methods and emerging technologies. A list of this year’s programs is included here. Complete information about these exciting programs can be viewed on the Science Directorate ATI page.
Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research
June 9-13, Univ. of Virginia
Non-Linear Methods for Psychological Science
June 9-13, Univ. of Cincinnati
Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups
June 23-27, Michigan State Univ.
Geographic Information Systems for Behavioral Research
July 16-18, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Using Large-Scale Databases: NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
Aug. 4-8, Univ. of North Carolina
You are invited to apply for these training opportunities. Keep in mind that application deadlines begin in March. Applications are available from the ATI Web site, and must be submitted electronically through each program’s webpage. Tuition for all ATIs is substantially lower than marketplace prices because of a subsidy from APA’s Science Directorate or, in the case of “Using Large-Scale Databases,” a grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. For more information, contact APA’s Science Directorate or (202) 336-6000.
Call for Nominations for APA Distinguished Science Awards
The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) invites nominations for its ongoing awards program. Awards are given in three categories:
The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award is presented to individuals who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.
The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is given to individuals who have made exceptional theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the Applications of Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination; the nominee’s current vita with list of publications; the names and addresses of several scientists who are familiar with the nominee’s work; a list of ten most significant and representative publications, and at least five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution (reprints, preferably in electronic form).
The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology is awarded to outstanding young psychologists who are 9 years or less post-PhD (1999 or later). The 2009 Early Career Awards will be given in five areas:
Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience
Perception, motor performance
Applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research)
Individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics)
The categories should be interpreted broadly and are not meant to be exclusive; all areas of psychology are of sufficient merit to be considered for awards.
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination, the nominee’s current vita with list of publications, and up to five representative reprints.
To obtain nomination forms and more information, you can go to APA's Science Directorate, or you can contact Suzanne Wandersman, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; by phone, (202) 336-6000; by fax, (202) 336-5953; or by e-mail. The deadline for all award nominations is June 2, 2008.
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 17, 2008. Please send nominations to Suzanne Wandersman. For a list of past recipients, visit the BSA Web site.
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 Dept of Psychology, University of Florida Dept of Clinical and Health Psychology; 2006: Davidson College Dept of Psychology, University of Minnesota Dept of Psychology.
Visit the BSA Web site for more information on nomination procedures.
Call for Nominations for 2008 McGuigan Prize
APF will award its fourth biennial $25,000 F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize in 2008, 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, be fewer than 9 years post-doctoral degree at the time of the nomination, and must 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, 2008. Nomination packages must contain six (6) copies of the following: a letter of nomination written by a senior colleague (no self-nominations); a 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 information, visit the American Psychological Foundation Web site, or contact the APA Science Directorate.
New Booklet on Health Research Available
The latest in the series of Behavior Matters booklets--this one on the benefits of research on health – is now available from the Science Directorate. Published under the Decade of Behavior series, the booklet is intended for a lay audience, explaining in non-technical language how the behavioral and social sciences have contributed to improvements of our understanding of health. Single copies are free from the Science Directorate. Please send your name and full address by e-mail. Behavior Matters booklets are available at Decade of Behavior Special Publications.
Now Available--Statement on Third Party Observers in Psychological Testing and Assessment: A Framework for Decision Making
The issue of the consequences of allowing third party observers in testing situations has ignited debate among psychologists for years - with opinions differing regarding the potential threat to validity posed by their presence. As a result of these differing opinions, psychologists have frequently turned to the Science Directorate’s Office of Testing and Assessment for guidance concerning the appropriateness of allowing third parties (such as lawyers and parents) to be present during psychological evaluations.
In response to the ongoing need for information regarding third party observers, APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) developed the Statement on Third Party Observers in Psychological Testing and Assessment: A Framework for Decision Making. As the title indicates, the statement was designed to “provide psychologists with information to assist them in (1) reaching a conclusion concerning the appropriateness of observation of psychological evaluations, (2) conveying the scientific and professional bases for such a conclusion, and (3) identifying options in light of such a conclusion, with sensitivity to the particular source and substance of a request for observation and the specific nature and circumstances of the assessment in question.”
After several years in development, the statement is now available on the APA website, or by contacting the Office of Testing and Assessment at 202-336-5927.
NIH Solicits Research on Interactions of Behavioral/Social and Genetic Factors in Health
The National Institutes of Health has released three funding opportunity announcements for supplements to current NIH grants to study interactions among behavioral/social and genetic factors in health and disease. The goal is to improve understanding of the determinants of disease as well as to inform efforts to reduce health risks and provide treatment. The application deadline is May 13, 2008.
The announcements are posted on the NIH website:
2nd Annual Professional Development Conference for Undergraduate Seniors Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences
September 26-28, 2008, Arizona State University
The School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University is proud to host the second annual Professional Development Conference for Undergraduate Seniors Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences. This conference is designed to bring together eager and bright students to learn about the exciting changes and facets of research-oriented graduate training in family and child sciences. Undergraduate students from across the country who are seniors and who plan to pursue doctoral graduate education in a discipline related to family and child sciences (child development, sociology, family studies, psychology, education, life sciences, etc.) will be brought together on campus for a weekend of discussions about preparation for graduate school, where the field is going, interdisciplinary research and education, and general discussions with faculty and graduate students in the field. This competitive conference will allow students to learn more about the profession, develop networks of faculty and students from across the country, and help prepare themselves for graduate school and beyond.
Visit the ASU Web site for more information about the conference, eligibility, and the application process. Applications are due March 1, 2008 and are to be completed on-line.
Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship
Extended Application Deadline: February 1, 2008
The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) anticipates funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and supplementary funding from the AED Scholarship Fund to support travel fellowships for students and early career investigators to attend the AED 2008 International Conference on Eating Disorders which will be held in Seattle, Washington from May 15 to May 17. Stipends of up to $ 1,500 are available to qualifying candidates. Travel fellows also will be invited to attend, free of charge, the annual Research Teaching Day (May 14, 2008, 8 am to 1 pm). This year’s Research Teaching Day will focus on scientific writing (grants and manuscripts).