American Psychological Foundation

News from APF – calls for nominations, awards and fellowships

News from the American Psychological Foundation

The Visionary and Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Fund Grants award annual grants for innovative work in APF’s priority areas:  understanding and fostering mental-physical health connections, reducing stigma and prejudice, understanding and preventing all forms of violence, and addressing long-term psychological needs in the aftermath of disaster.  APF awarded  Sarah Watamura, PhD, of the University of Denver, the 2010 Visionary Grant; and Joanna C. M. Cole, PhD, of Boston Medical Center, the 2010 Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Fund Grant.  The APA Monitor on Psychology will profile each winner in the December issue! 

APF Accepts 2011 Gold Medal Nominations

APF is currently accepting nominations for its 2009 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology.  Awards are presented in four categories:

  • Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology 

  • Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology 

  • Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest 

  • Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology

All awardees receive a gold medal and an all-expense paid trip to APA’s 2009 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA where the award will be presented.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America.  Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated, a nomination statement that traces the nominee’s career, a current curriculum vitae and bibliography, and letters of recommendation in support of the nomination.  All nomination materials should be coordinated by a chief nominator and sent in one package.  There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is December 1.  All nomination materials should be coordinated and collected by the chief nominator and forwarded in one package to:
APF Gold Medal Awards
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. 

Nominees Sought for Teaching Excellence

APF invites nominations for its 2010 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.  The award honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and is named after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose career-long devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

Nominees must demonstrate: 

  • Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher; 

  • Development of innovative curricula and courses; 

  • Development of effective teaching methods and/or materials; 

  • Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology; and/or, 

  • Administrative facilitation of teaching; 

  • Research on teaching; 

  • Training of teachers of psychology; 

  • Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists.

The winner receives a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expense paid round trip to APA’s 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, DC where the award will be presented.

The nomination deadline is December 1.  For more information on this award, including nomination information, visit the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award webpage.

Wundt-James Transatlantic Psychology Award

The Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award for Exceptional Contributions to Trans-Atlantic Psychology recognizes a significant record of trans-Atlantic research collaboration.  There is no cash prize associated with the award, but recipients receive a mounted gold medallion, which is presented at the biennial meeting of the congress of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA). 

The nomination deadline is December 31.  For more information, visit the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations website. 

Apply for the Pearson Early Career Grant

The $12,000 Pearson Early Career Grant encourages early career clinicians to work in an area of critical societal need. Pearson partnered with APF to ensure psychology addresses critical needs in society. The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to innovative scientifically based clinical work with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance (SED), and adults with serious mental illness (SMI); and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to under-served populations.

Applicants should be Psychologists with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD from an accredited university; and no more than 7 years postdoctoral.

The application deadline is December 31. To apply, submit the following materials to the APF Web Form webpage: Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a detailed budget and justification; Appropriate use of assessment is encouraged; Current CV; Two letters of support.  For more information about this award, please visit the Pearson Early Career Grant webpage. 

Nominate an Early Career Psychologist

APF is accepting nominations for the $5,000 Division 29 Early Career Award, which recognizes promising contributions to psychotherapy, psychology, and the Division of Psychotherapy by a Division 29 member with 10 or fewer years of post-doctoral experience.

Nominees must demonstrate promising professional achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research, or training.

The deadline for nominations is January 1.  For more information, please visit the APF/Division 29 Early Career Award webpage. 

Apply for the Gerson Memorial Grant

The Randy Gerson Memorial Grant advances the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible.  Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems.  Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson’s work. 

Applicants must be graduate students in psychology enrolled full time and in good standing at accredited universities, not planning to receive their degrees before the 2011-2012 academic year.

The deadline is February 1. For more information, please visit the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant webpage. 

Grants in Reproductive Behavior and Population Studies

In 2011, APF will award the $1,500 Henry P. David Research Grant to support ongoing research in human reproductive behavior or related population studies. 

Applicants must be carrying out dissertation research or not have more than 5 years postgraduate experience.

These grants are made possible through a donation by Henry P. David, PhD.

The deadline is February 15. Please visit the Henry P. David Grants webpage for more information. 


For more information about APF’s funding programs, visit the American Psychological Foundation webpage or contact Kim Palmer Rowsome by e-mail or (202) 336-5622.