Announcing the 2009 APA Dissertation Research Award Recipients

The Science Directorate congratulates the outstanding graduate students who have won 2009 APA Dissertation Research Awards.  These awards are made annually by the Directorate to promising graduate students to assist with the costs of their dissertation research.  Students may apply for funding of up to $5000.  (See the award website for additional information.)

Out of 145 applications this year, eight students with the highest rated proposals received awards of over $1000, and thirty-eight students received awards of up to $1000.   Listed below are the names and dissertation projects of each of the winners.

Recipients of Awards over $1000

0110andersonUrsula S. Anderson
Georgia Institute of Technology

Investigating Relational Learning About Numerical Equivalence and Subsequent Concept Formation in Two Species of Apes


0110brielmaierJennifer M. Brielmaier
George Mason University

Effects of Stress on Initial Sensitivity to Nicotine Reward in Adolescent Rats: Role of Corticotropin-Releasing Factor 1 Receptors


0110fernbachPhilip M. Fernbach
Brown University

Understanding Predictive and Diagnostic Reasoning


0110martinez-torteyaCecilia Martinez-Torteya
Michigan State University

Prenatal Intimate Partner Violence and Depression During Childhood: The Role of Physiological Stress Response Dysregulation


0110mchughR. Kathryn McHugh
Boston University

Assessing the Amplification of Distress: Factor Analytic, Experimental, and Genetic Evaluation of Distress Intolerance


0110parladeMeaghan V. Parlade
University of Pittsburgh

The Development of Multimodal Communication in Infants at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders


0110schillerCrystal Edler Schiller
University of Iowa

The Hormone Withdrawal Model of Postpartum Depression: A Translational Approach


0110sunJane C. Sun
University of California, Los Angeles

Affective Modulation of Motivated Attention in Schizophrenia: Examining the Interplay between Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processes


Recipients of Awards up to $1000

Sarah J. Barber
Stony Brook University - SUNY

Collaborative Memory Impairment: The Role of Executive Control

Cheri Chan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

How do Children Across Cultures Acquire Knowledge from Others? The Role of Prior Knowledge and Epistemic Authority in Children's Trust in Testimony

Lauren K. Dobbs
Oregon Health & Science University

Involvement of the Mouse Lateral Dorsal Tegmental Nucleus in Neurochemical and Behavioral Measures of Methamphetamine Reward

Katie M. Edwards
Ohio University

Leaving an Abusive Relationship: A Prospective Analysis of the Investment Model and Theory of Planned Behavior

Kristin E. N. Gainey
University of Iowa

A Lower Order Structural Examination of the Neuroticism/Negative Emotionality Domain: Relations with Internalizing Symptoms and Selected Traits

Peter A. Groblewski
Oregon Health & Science University

The Neurobiology Underlying Extinction of Ethanol-Seeking Behavior in Mice

Christopher B. Harte
University of Texas, Austin

Effects of Smoking Cessation on Sexual Health in Men

Erin C. Hastings
University of Florida

The Achievement Goal Framework and Learning in Adulthood

Li Huang
Northwestern University

Mind-Body Emotional Dissonance: A Drive to Form Creative or Illusory Patterns in the Chaos

Lindsey J. Jasinski
University of Kentucky

Assessment of Malingered Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Replication and Extension

Ashley L. Johnson
Binghamton University - SUNY

Attention Biases in Children with Depression

Karim S. Kassam
Harvard University

Automated Assessment of Well-Being Through Facial Expression

Abigail L. Kerr
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Neural Plasticity and Cognitive Facilitation Associated with Exercise

Katharina Kircanski
University of California, Los Angeles

Translating Language-Emotion Interactions in Exposure Therapy

Michael W. Kraus
University of California, Berkeley

Social Class, Essentialism, and Public Policy Decisions

Casey Lew-Williams
Stanford University

Spanish Immersion vs. Spanish Instruction: Children's and Adults' Learning Environments Influence Real-Time Language Processing

Chao Liu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

What's in a Name? How Different Languages Result in Different Brains in English and Chinese Speakers

Keith L. Main
Georgia Institute of Technology

Visual Rehabilitation and Reorganization: Case Studies of Cortical Plasticity in Patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Kathleen C. Matthews
Idaho State University

Sources of Strength and Stress: Mitigating Factors in the Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Mental Health Outcomes in School-Aged Children

James W. McKowen
Boston University

Predictors of the Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Problematic Substance Use in Youth

Alisa B. Miller
Boston University

Ethnic Identity, Intergenerational Conflict and Mental Health Outcomes of Somali Refugee Adolescents Resettled in the United States

Saul L. Miller
Florida State University

Affiliative Responses across the Menstrual Cycle

Rachel A. Montague
Seattle Pacific University

Affective Decision Making: Relations to Social Competence and Problem Behaviors, and Adaptive Skills for Children with Autism

Joel T. Nadler
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Explicit and Implicit Gender Bias in Workplace Appraisals: How Automatic Prejudice Affects Decision Making

Kymberlee M. O'Brien
Brandeis University

Moral Congruity: The Influence of Social-Evaluative Stress on Decision-Making

John J. Panos
Western Michigan University

Neurochemical Effects of Amyloid-Beta Oligomers in Rats

Matthew Price
Georgia State University

The Impact of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy On Post Event Processing Among Those With Social Anxiety Disorder

Gila Z. Reckess
University of Florida

Temporobasal Sulcal Morphology: Configural Patterns and Neurocognitive Relevance in Healthy Adults and Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Laura D. Scherer
Washington University in St. Louis

Response Mapping in Evaluative Priming

Angela C. Scibelli
Oregon Health & Science University

m4 and m5 Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subtype Involvement in Acute Locomotor Stimulation to Ethanol

Tae Seob Shin
Michigan State University

The Effects of Providing a Rationale for Learning a Lesson on Students' Motivation and Learning in Online Learning Environments

Jessica R. Simon
Georgetown University

Neural Basis of Aging and Implicit Probabilistic Learning

Mahesh Srinivasan
Harvard University

Flexibility in Language and in Thought

Elaine M. Tamez
Washington University in St. Louis

Understanding the Relation between Learning and Fluid Intelligence in Younger and Older Adults

Janet Palmer Trammell
University of Virginia

Personal Moderators of Situational Sources of Arousal on Memory

Jennifer C. Veilleux
University of Illinois, Chicago

Affective Chronometry of Cue-Induced Cigarette Craving

Shauna B. Wilson
Florida State University

Externalizing Behavior Mediates the Relation between Temperament and Emergent Literacy

Alyson K. Zalta
University of Pennslyvania

Testing Perceived Control as a Risk Factor in a Diathesis-Stress Model of Anxiety