January 2009 Announcements

Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation; Call for Nominations: 2010 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards Program; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; Call for Proposals: APF Visionary and Weiss Grants; Call for Applications: Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships for Research and Programs on Giftedness in Children; Terrorism Studies Repository Launched; Call for Proposals: Health Games Research

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

The deadline for submitting 2009 nominations is March 9, 2009. Please e-mail nominations to: Suzanne Wandersman. For more information visit the BSA website.

Call for Nominations: 2010 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards Program

The American Psychological Association invites nominations for its scientific awards program for 2010.

The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.

The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For the 2010 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2000 are being sought in these five areas:

  • Animal learning and behavior, comparative

  • Psychopathology

  • Health

  • Developmental

  • Cognition/human learning

These categories should be interpreted broadly and are not meant to be exclusive; all of psychology is of sufficient merit to be considered for awards.  The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees who are female and from underrepresented groups.

The deadline for submitting 2010 nominations is June 1, 2009. For more information visit science awards.

Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2010 Master Lecture Program and the 2010 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 2009 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs.  Nominations may be for the Distinguished Lecture Program, the Master Lecture Program, or both. .

The Master Lecture Program 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 2010 Convention, to be held in San Diego, CA, August 12-15, 2010, will be chosen to have expertise in the following areas:

  • Developmental psychology

  • Learning, behavior, and action

  • Methodology

  • Psychopathology and treatment

  • Social and cultural psychology

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program supports up to three (3) psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2010.  Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area.  A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found online.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by e-mail or fax to Rachel Martin, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242 (fax 202-336-5953).

Nominations must be received by February 16, 2009.

Call for Proposals: APF Visionary and Weiss Grants

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) visionary and Weiss grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas: 

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between mental and physical health to ensure well-being

  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony

  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world

  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster

Amount (New in 2009): One-year grants are available in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.  Multi-year grants are no longer available.  Additionally, a $10,000 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant is also available for any program that falls within APF’s priority areas. 

Deadline: March 15, 2009

Eligibility: Applicants must be affiliated with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  APF will NOT consider the following requests for grants to support:

  • Political or lobbying purposes

  • Entertainment or fundraising expenses

  • Anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual

  • Localized direct service

  • Conference/workshop expenses

APF encourages proposals from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

For more information and to access the grant application form, please visit the APF website.

Call for Applications: Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships for Research and Programs on Giftedness in Children

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support of innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

APF is requesting applications for the Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships. The Rosen Fund was established in 1974 for the advancement and application of knowledge about gifted children. The Rosen Fellowships support activities related to the psychological understanding of gifted and talented children and adolescents.

Amount: Up to $25,000 for a one year graduate student fellowship.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy. Students may apply before having passed their qualifying exams, but proof of having advanced to doctoral candidacy will be required before funds are released. Students must be in good academic standing at a university in the United States or Canada.

The home institution of the selected Fellow must provide a tuition waiver.

Deadline: March 2, 2009
For more details, download the RFP. Questions about this program should be directed to Emily Leary, Program Officer.

Terrorism Studies Repository Launched

On Monday, December 15, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland, launched the Terrorism Studies Syllabi Repository. The repository currently contains 154 undergraduate, 56 graduate, and 1 K-12 syllabi relevant to the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism. Of those, a search on “psychology” returned 15 undergraduate and 4 graduate syllabi. The Web interface for the repository allows visitors to search by instructor name, course level, discipline, or one of 36 discrete keywords. Each syllabus is available for download in PDF format.

Requests to have a syllabus included in the repository should be directed via e-mail.

Call for Proposals: Health Games Research

On January 15, 2009, Health Games Research will release its 2009 Call for Proposals. This CFP will provide an opportunity for universities, government agencies, medical centers and non-profit organizations* to submit proposals for research projects that will investigate how health games can be designed and used to improve players’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

As of January 15th, the CFP will be available on the web site of Health Games Research. More specific information will be available in the CFP beginning on the official release date.

About Health Games Research: Health Games Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio. It funds research to enhance the quality and impact of interactive games that are used to improve health. The goal of the program is to advance the innovation, design and effectiveness of health games and game technologies so that they help people improve their health-related behaviors and, as a result, achieve significantly better health outcomes.

*Applicant organizations must have valid 501(c)(3) status; however, for-profit organizations may participate as subcontractors or consultants on project teams.