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Announcing the Winners of the 2009 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation and Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology offer scholarships to help support the costs of conducting research.

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, administered by the APA Science Directorate, are intended to assist graduate students of psychology with the costs of conducting their research.

The three major awards within the program are the $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship, 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 COGDOP members, using such criteria as the context of the research, research design, and the theoretical and applied value of the study. Out of 90 applications received this year, the following three graduate students were selected for the major awards:

Peggy M. Zoccola ( University of California, Irvine) received the first annual $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship. Her proposal, “Prolonging the physiological stress response: The role of rumination and recall,” describes research investigating how mentally replaying experiences influences health. Physiological stress levels will be measured during recall of a standardized stressor over repeated laboratory sessions, and will be analyzed together with multiple other types of behavioral data.

Joshua M. Carp ( University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) received this year’s $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship. His proposal, “Visual declines across the lifespan: Representational and computational mechanisms,” describes work investigating whether basic visual features of objects, such as edges, are processed differently from more fine-grained features. Both younger and older adults will be investigating, using fMRI and EEG methodologies.

Saul L. Miller ( Florida State University ) received this year’s the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship. His proposal, “Affiliative responses across the menstrual cycle,” describes a longitudinal study of how women’s need for friendship and social support may shift across the menstrual cycle. A variety of types of data will be collected, including daily diary reports and physiological measures.

In addition, t he following ten students, who are at various stages of their graduate research, received $1,000 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology:

Meghan W. Cody ( University of Virginia) -- “Global and local processing in social anxiety”

Christine A. Conelea ( University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)-- “The impact of a stress induction task on tic frequencies in children and adolescents with Tourette Syndrome”

Katie M. Edwards ( Ohio University) -- “The process of leaving an abusive relationship: A prospective analysis of the investment model and theory of planned behavior”

Karim Kassam ( Harvard University) -- “Automated assessment of well-being through facial expression”

Jennifer C. G. Larson ( University of Utah) -- “Contribution of language to motor and executive functioning in children with autism”

Meghan R. Miller ( University of California, Berkeley) -- for her project on the commonalities and differences in neurocognitive profiles of girls with autism and girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

John J. Panos ( Western Michigan University)-- “Neurochemical effects of amyloid-beta oligomers in rats”

Edward A. Selby ( Florida State University) -- for his project on the experience of emotion, rumination, dysregulated behaviors, and interpersonal problems in people with borderline personality disorder and in people with major depressive disorder.

Michael T. Treadway ( Vanderbilt University) -- for his projectexamining the sensitivity of the “effort expenditure for rewards task” to major depressive disorder and the neural substrates of deficits in effort-based decision-making.

Xiaomeng Xu ( Stony Brook University) -- “The role of self-expansion as a potential aid in smoking cessation”

Congratulations to all the winners, and best wishes as you pursue your research!