Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA): 2011 Annual Report
Nora S. Newcombe, PhD, Chair
The Board of Scientific Affairs held two meetings in 2011, on March 25-27 and November 4-6. The following report summarizes the major issues that were of concern to the Board over the past year.
Multidisciplinary Team Science
Psychology as a STEM Discipline
Science Leadership Conference (SciLC)
Culture of Service Awards
Advanced Training Institute (ATI)
ATIs provide training in cutting-edge methods and technologies to psychological scientists. Four ATIs took place in 2011.
Non-Linear Methods for Psychological Science, at the University of Cincinnati, from June 20-24, 2011. Organized by Guy Van Orden, this ATI provided a thorough introduction to a variety of non-linear and dynamical methods. Such methods are becoming increasingly prominent within psychology and related disciplines. Specific topics included time series analysis, recurrence quantification analysis, fractal analysis and dispersion analysis.
Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups, at Michigan State University from June 20-24, 2011. Frederick Leong led this ATI, which included sessions on methods for investigating treatment outcomes in diverse populations, quantitative and qualitative methods, measurement equivalence and invariance across diverse groups, and methods for work in areas ranging from genomics to aging research to social network research.
Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research, at the University of California, Davis, from June 20-24, 2011. John McArdle, a University of Southern California faculty member led this course, which featured a series of lectures and hands-on computer workshops on longitudinal methods, modeling, and measurement in contemporary psychological research using SEM.
Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research, at the University of California, Davis, from June 27-July 1, 2011. John McArdle led this course, which provided an overview of recent methodological advances in this topic. The ATI covered the conceptual bases and strategies of exploratory data mining, and reviewed current techniques and software. Participants gained hands-on experience with the techniques and were invited to bring their own data and research problems to work on in consultation with the course instructors.
Meritorious Research Service Commendation
Summer Science Fellowship
Science at the APA Convention
Master Lecture Program: BSA selected the following speakers to participate in the 2012 Master Lecture Program at the 2012 convention: Patricia Bauer in the developmental psychology area, Nicola Clayton in the learning, behavior, and action area, David MacKinnon in the methodology area, George Koob in the psychopathology and treatment area and Jenny Crocker in the social and cultural area.
Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Program: BSA selected the following speakers to deliver Distinguished Lectures at regional psychology conferences: Leona Aiken, PhD, Warren Bickel, PhD, and Howard Rachlin, PhD.
Neal Miller Lecture: BSA selected Huda Akil, PhD, as the Neal Miller Lecturer at the 2012 APA convention.
The work of the committees constitutes a large part of science governance as summarized below:
The Committee on Scientific Awards continues to recognize important scientific achievement in psychology through prestigious national awards.
The Committee also serves as a resource for APA nominations for other scientific awards not conferred by APA for which members may be eligible.
The Committee on Animal Research and Ethics worked on projects that focused on educating the public about the nature of nonhuman animal research, in general, and in psychology in particular. The Committee revised its Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research.
The Committee on Human Research developed a plan for disseminating information on current issues in the responsible conduct of research, including human research participant protections.
The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment began work on the revision of the Guidelines for Test User Qualifications. The Committee continues to participate in the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.
The Science Student Council advises BSA and the Science Directorate on student-related issues, including awards and programming at the APA Convention.
BSA members elected Drs. Lynne Cooper and Ken Sher as co-chairs for 2012.
The 2011 membership of BSA included nine white/Caucasian members. There were five women and four men. BSA solicited nominations from the ethnic minority psychological associations to enhance the ethnic diversity of the candidate pool for 2012. BSA did not have board specific diversity training during 2011.
2011 BSA members: Nora S. Newcombe, PhD (Chair), Phillip L. Ackerman,PhD, Robert L. Balster, PhD, M. Lynne Cooper, PhD, Robyn Fivush, PhD, Kathleen Y. Haaland, PhD, Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, Jalie A. Tucker, PhD, and Sheldon Zedeck, PhD.