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Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists

The American Psychological Association’s Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists is now available. The Briefcase is a web-based resource that psychologists can use to assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, advocacy and community service. It is also useful for other professionals who work with family caregivers, psychologists facing caregiving challenges within their own families, and caregivers themselves.

Briefcase components include:  Caregiving facts and figures; Strategies for reaching family caregivers; Research opportunities and considerations; Caregiving interventions; Assessment tools; Variations in practice for culturally diverse groups; Practical aspects of providing services; Teaching about Caregiving; Advocacy on behalf of family caregivers; Roles for and profiles of psychologists who work with family caregivers, and Resources for psychologists and caregivers.

The Briefcase was developed by the members of the 2010 APA Presidential Task Force on Caregivers: Andrea Farkas Patenaude, Ph.D.(Chair), Martha Crowther, Ph.D., MPH, Timothy Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, William Haley, Ph.D., Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., and Carol Goodheart, Ed.D. (ex officio).  For additional information contact: Deborah DiGilio, APA staff liaison to the Task Force and Director of the APA Office on Aging. 

CYF Call for Nominations (2012-2014)

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2012. CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in linking research and policy for children and families within APA and the profession. The Committee is particularly interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth, and families; and in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting health and human welfare. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth, and families in the context of their socioemotional and cognitive development and mental health. Candidates who have particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Members are expected to participate in a targeted project directly related to CYF’s work and mission and to APA as a whole. The project is to be completed during their three-year term on the Committee. Some examples of topics previously addressed include immigrant children, youth, and families; school drop-out prevention; psychological implications of disasters; early mental health interventions; violence against children in the family and community; child maltreatment; the mental health needs of all children and adolescents; systems of care; bullying and violence in the media; homeless youth and families; spirituality and resilience; and promotion of healthy active lifestyles and prevention of obesity in children and youth. Areas of interest to the Committee at present include education, mental health, and health disparities; suicide prevention; cultural diversity; and social media. Potential candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website to learn more about CYF’s mission and prior initiatives.

The Committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the Committee's membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the Committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend two Committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in conference calls. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and Committee business between meetings.

Each candidate is asked to submit: 

  1. a letter indicating his/her willingness to serve; 

  2. a brief statement describing the applicant’s expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families that they would bring to the Committee; 

  3. two letters supporting their nomination; and 

  4. a current curriculum vita.

Nomination material including a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve, an issues statement, two letters supporting their nomination, and a current CV must be received by Monday, August 29, 2011. Nomination materials received after August 29 will be held for consideration the following year. Material may be sent to CYF Nominations, c/o Amani Chatman, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address, by e-mail or fax (202) 336-6040.

Call for Nominations: 2011 APA Suinn Minority Achievement Awards

Graduate programs in psychology with demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students

The Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force is requesting that ethnic minority students nominate their doctoral programs in scientific (e.g., developmental, experimental, cognitive, social, psychobiology, etc.) or professional (e.g., clinical, counseling, school, etc.) psychology. The nominated programs should have demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students. The Suinn Achievement Award(s) will be presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC August 4- 11, 2011.

Please direct all inquiries and submit your nomination to APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, at the APA address, by phone (202) 336-6029, fax (202) 336-6040 or via e-mail.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2011

For further information and application please visit the webpage (PDF, 111 KB).

CEMA Seeks Two New Members

The APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2012. The committee functions as a catalyst for action on ethnic-minority issues and concerns by interacting with and making recommendations to the various components of APA's governing structure, membership and other groups. Committee members plan, develop and coordinate activities related to advocacy and promoting an understanding of the cultures and psychological well-being of ethnic-minority populations, monitoring and assessing institutional barriers to equal access to psychological services and research, and ensuring equitable ethnic/racial representation in the psychology profession. To fulfill its mandate for ethnic representation and its commitment to gender equity, the two vacant slates are for African American/Black male and Latino/Hispanic male psychologists. CEMA also welcomes nominations from candidates who possess knowledge and expertise of other diverse populations (such as, disability, early career, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.).  CEMA members must attend and participate in committee meetings held yearly. No more than two meetings will be convened at APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members also work on CEMA priorities when necessary between meetings. If possible, CEMA members attend the APA annual convention at their own expense to participate in CEMA convention programming. Nomination materials should include the nominee's qualifications (including a statement of relevant experience), a curriculum vita and a letter of interest. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations and supporting materials should be sent no later than September 1st, to the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address.

Submit Nominations for Dissertation Award

APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks nominations for the 2011 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes outstanding dissertations in psychology that increase understanding of the psychological issues and concerns facing persons or communities of color. CEMA welcomes applications from APA members/student affiliates who filed their dissertations in 2009 or 2010, on research involving one or more of the following areas: enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic-minority populations or concerns; improving psychological service delivery systems to ethnic minorities; developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic-minority populations; and creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs, behaviors, and needs of ethnic-minority communities. A CEMA-appointed selection subcommittee will choose the winner through a masked review process of applicants' abstracts. Criteria include impact on ethnic-minority populations; completeness and clarity; creativity; and effectiveness of the research design. The subcommittee will choose semifinalists, who will be required to submit copies of their dissertations for the final selection process. The winner receives $500 and a $300 travel award sponsored by APA's Science Directorate, and will be invited to briefly present her/his dissertation at the APA's 2011 annual convention, August 4 -7, in Washington, DC. Non-APA member/student affiliate applicants will be required to be an APA member/student affiliate at the time of the award selection. Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1.Provide five copies of an abstract (no more than 1,000 words). The dissertation title should appear on all five copies of abstracts submitted; however, only one abstract should identify the author, and also provide the author's mailing address and telephone number. All submissions should be sent to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. For additional information, call (202) 336-6029.

Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities

The Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities were adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on February 18, 2011. To access these guidelines, please visit the webpage. If you have further inquiries, you may contact the APA Disability Issues Office at (202) 336-6038.

Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1. 

The Committee’s mission is to promote the: 

  • psychological well-being of people with disabilities; 

  • inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists; 

  • development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and 

  • awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

Current CDIP activities include developing resource guides and other informational materials, increasing the visibility of disability within APA, and addressing barriers to psychology training and practice encountered by individuals with disabilities.

CDIP seeks full members of APA with specialization in disability issues. The Committee strongly encourages applications from those who have a disability and/or those with personal experience with disability. The Committee also actively recruits ethnic minority psychologists and those who are members of other underrepresented groups.

Selected candidates will be required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by the APA, and are encouraged to participate in CDIP-sponsored activities held during the APA Convention at their own expense. Members are also expected to participate in email discussions and conference calls, and work on Committee priorities between meetings.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CDIP and highlighting specific competencies, interests, and potential contributions to the work of CDIP.

Nomination materials and supporting materials should be sent by August 20, 2011 to: Anju Khubchandani, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, at the APA Address, or by e-mail.

2011-2012 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The APA Committee on Women in Psychology and the APA Women’s Programs Office are pleased to invite mid-career women psychologists who work full-time in academic, academic medicine, clinical, or consulting settings to apply for the 2011-2012 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP).  Please look for the 2011-2012 application on the WPO webpage in December 2010.

CWP announces its fourth annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology to be held on Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 3, 2011, in Washington, DC. This year in addition to accepting approximately 30 mid-career women psychologist who work full time in academic/academic medical settings, we will also be accepting approximately 30 mid-career women psychologists who work primarily in clinical or consulting settings.  While there will be some overlap in the curriculum for these two groups, there will also be separate learning objectives and sessions for each.  This is a competitive process, please complete the application for the group with which you most clearly identify.
The overall mission of the CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology is to empower, prepare, and support women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life and to increase the diversity, number, and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders.  The program’s mission supports APA’s goal to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.

The CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology has several objectives: 

  • Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for and be successful in leadership/management positions in academic, clinical/consulting, and other professional settings. 

  • Enhance the number and effectiveness of female psychologists holding institutional leadership positions in academic and other professional settings. 

  • Increase the diversity of women psychologists in institutional leadership positions. 

  • Create networks of women psychologists in senior management/leadership positions in varied professional settings. 

  • Document the career movement and professional advancement, as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants.