American Psychological Foundation

APF awards student travel grants

APF sent seven graduate students to present their research papers at APA's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., last month through the Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship program. The students are:

  • Natalie M. Anumba, Drexel University: "Crime, Justice and Ignorance: The Importance of Public Education in Public Policy."

  • Jenay M. Beer, Georgia Institute of Technology: "Challenges in Patient Education: Teaching Older Adults Home Healthcare Tasks."

  • David R. Kille, University of Waterloo: "When Regulating One's Partner's Mood Serves to Regulate One's Own Mood: The Role of the Self-and-Other-Merger in Close Relationships."

  • Sylvia A. Morelli, University of California, Los Angeles: "The Neural Correlates of Empathy: Experience, Automaticity, and Prosocial Behavior."

  • Cynthia J. Najdowski, University of Illinois at Chicago: "Why Experiencing Racial Profiling Leads to Anxiety in Future Police Encounters: The Mediating Effects of Trust in the Police and Stereotype Threat."

  • Erin E. Quasney, Marquette University: "Gender-based Inequality and Emotional and Behavioral Responses: The Impact of Hostile and Benevolent Sexist Justifications."

  • Zhen Wu, University of Iowa: "To Share or Not to Share: How Children Respond to Another's Eye Gaze."

For information on the 2012 grants, see Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships .

Stress and pregnancy researcher wins Gerson prize

APF awarded graduate student Huaiyu Zhang the 2011 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, a $6,000 prize, for her dissertation study on whether mindfulness-based therapy can reduce stress and hypertension among pregnant African-American women.

Zhang is a fourth-year clinical psychology student at Emory University and has master's degrees in both neuroscience and psychology from Emory.

The Randy Gerson Memorial Grant honors doctoral students for their work in family and couple dynamics and multigenerational processes. The grant is made possible through the support of Sylvia Shellenberger, PhD, in honor of her late husband, Randy Gerson, PhD.

For more information, see the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant.

Upcoming APF deadlines

October 2011

November 2011

For more information about APF’s funding programs, visit the American Psychological Foundation.