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Students awarded 2013 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships

Awards support research by talented students in psychological science.

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) have jointly offered Graduate Research Scholarships to doctoral students since 1996. The scholarships, administered by the APA Science Directorate, are intended to assist graduate students, whose research reflects excellence in scientific psychology, with the costs of conducting their research. 

The program offered a total of 15 awards this year, including the:

  • Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship ($5,000) 
  • William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship ($5,000) 
  • Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship ($3,000)
  • Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship ($1,000)
  • William C. Howell Scholarship ($1,000) 

In addition to these six awards, the foundation provides nine $1,000 scholarships per year. This year, more than 115 applications were received, and each was reviewed by a committee of COGDOP members using a variety of criteria, including the significance of the research and the clarity and design of the proposed work itself. 

The following 15 graduate students received these awards:

  • Dylan G. Gee (University of California, Los Angeles) was awarded the $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship for her project titled “Amygdala-Prefrontal Circuitry across Typical Development and after Early Life Stress.” 
  • Justin E. Karr (University of Victoria) received the $5,000 William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship for his project titled “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Modeling Recovery and Predicting Persistent Symptoms.”
  • Alexandra M. Rodman (Harvard University) was awarded the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship for her project titled “Examining Impulsive Intertemporal Choice Behavior and Attentional Capture by Reward in Healthy Populations.”
  • Karen C. Pang (University of Washington) received the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosencrans Scholarship for her project titled “Cultural Influences on Positive Affect and Reward Processing in Depressed Youth.”
  • Pan P. Lui (Purdue University) received the $1,000 Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship for her project titled “Disentangling Universal and Culture-Specific Risks to Mental Health among Asian-Americans: A Multi-Site Longitudinal Study.”
  • Erika K. Fulton (Georgia Institute of Technology) was awarded the $1,000 William C. Howell Scholarship for her project titled “Can Younger and Older Adults Judge the Quality of Their Text Summaries?”

In addition, the following nine students received $1,000 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology: 

  • Adriene M. Beltz (The Pennsylvania State University) — “Sex-related Resting State Brain Function and Behavior Links in Cigarette Smokers”
  • Gabrielle D’Lima (Old Dominion University) — “Towards Effective Multiple Health Behavior Change: The Keystone Model”
  • Sunny J. Dutra (Yale University) — “Reward Network Functioning in Bipolar I Disorder: A Clinical Affective Neuroscience Approach”
  • Gary Glick (University of Missouri) — “Communication Withdrawal in Adolescent and Young Adult Romantic Relationships”
  • Janie Jun (University of Washington) — “Psychotherapy Processes Underlying Sudden Gains in Treatment of PTSD”
  • Adam B. Miller (George Mason University) — “Test of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide in Adolescents from a Developmental Perspective”
  • Jason A. Oliver (University of South Florida) — “Effects of Nicotine Withdrawal on Motivation, Reward Sensitivity and Reward-Learning”
  • Kathryn J. O’Toole (Loyola University Chicago) — “An Electronic World: Effects of Print and E-books on Word Learning in Preschoolers”
  • Jonathan P. Stange (Temple University) — “Negative Cognitive Style, Emotional Clarity, and Life Stress: An Integration of Vulnerabilities to Depression in Adolescence”