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APA seeks journal editors

APA's Publications and Communications (P&C) Board has opened nominations for the editorships of four journals for 2014–19:

Candidates should be APA members and available to start receiving manuscripts in early 2013 to prepare for issues published in 2014. The board encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Nominate candidates via APA's EditorQuest site. On the Home menu on the left, find "Guests." Next, click on the link "Submit a Nomination," enter your nominee's information, and click "Submit." Prepared statements of one page or less in support of a nominee can also be submitted by email to Sarah Wiederkehr, P&C board search liaison.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 10.


New APA journal on decision-making seeks Editor

APA's Publications and Communications (P&C) Board has opened nominations for the editorship of Psychology and Decision Making. The editorial search is co-chaired by Valerie Reyna, PhD, and David Dunning, PhD.

Psychology and Decision Making, to begin publishing in 2014, is a multidisciplinary research journal focused on understanding the psychological and cognitive processes involved in decision-making. The journal will publish empirical research that advances knowledge and theory regarding all aspects of decision-making processes. Specifically, the goal of the journal is to provide for an interdisciplinary discussion of contrasting perspectives on decision-making.

Submissions from all domains of decision-making research are encouraged, including (but not limited to) research in the areas of individual decision-making, group decision making, management decision-making, consumer behavior, reasoning, risk taking behavior, risk management, clinical and medical decision-making, organizational decision-making, choice behavior, decision support systems, strategic decision-making, interpersonal influence, persuasive communication and attitude change.

Editorial candidates should be APA members and available to start receiving manuscripts in January 2013. The P&C board encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Nominate candidates via APA's EditorQuest site. On the Home menu on the left, find "Guests." Next, click on the link "Submit a Nomination," enter your nominee's information, and click "Submit." Prepared statements of one page or less in support of a nominee can also be submitted by email to Sarah Wiederkehr, P&C board search Liaison.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 10.


Apply for international travel and mentoring program grant

Want to attend the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, July 22 — 27?

The APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Program will provide travel stipends and registration fees for up to 16 students and early career psychologists and up to 10 more senior psychologists. Awardees will participate in a mentoring program for international networking and exchange. Applicants must be in areas of psychology that fall under the purview of the National Science Foundation programs on Social Cognition and Human Cognition and Action. The grant is sponsored by the APA Office of International Affairs, the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science and funded by the

The goal of this program is to encourage international research networking, collaboration and exchange. Funding for psychology students and early career psychologists is $1,500 (travel and congress registration). Funding for mid-senior psychologists is $1,000 (travel and congress registration).

Student and early career awardees will be paired with mid- and senior-level psychologists who have experience in international research, collaborations and conferences.

For details and application forms, go to APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Program.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.


APA members elect Bersoff 2013 President

Donald N. Bersoff, Phd, JDDonald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, Drexel University professor and national expert on legal and ethical issues in mental health, has been elected 2013 APA President.

Bersoff serves on the faculties of Drexel's psychology department and Earle Mack School of Law, where he directs the JD/PhD program in law and psychology. He edited the landmark book "Ethical Conflicts in Psychology," now in its fourth edition, and has written more than 100 publications and papers on the interaction of law, psychology and public policy.

"As APA president, my top initiatives will be to have psychologists take the lead in serving the mental health needs of military personnel, veterans and their families; ensure that we train clinicians to work with increasingly diverse clientele; and do whatever is necessary to attract and retain academicians and scientists," Bersoff says.

Bersoff was the APA's first general counsel, from 1979 to 1989, during which he authored 50 briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal and state courts. His work provided social science evidence relevant to issues such as sex stereotyping, women's and adolescents' reproductive rights, hospital privileges for psychologists, admissibility of psychological expertise, jury decision making, privacy rights of the LGBT community, children's testimony and rights of the severely mentally disabled.

A native of New York, Bersoff received his PhD in 1965 from New York University and his JD in 1976 from Yale Law School. He served as an Air Force clinical psychologist from 1965 to 1968, with two years in Southeast Asia.

His other academic positions included developing the nation's second joint law and psychology program, offered by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law, as well as faculty posts at the University of Georgia's College of Education and Ohio State University.

Elected to three terms on the APA Council of Representatives, he served as president of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41) and chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Mental Disability Law.

See the full election results in our digital edition.


Health reporter honored with media excellence award

APA's Div. 46 (Media) presented USA Today health-policy reporter Kelly Kennedy with its 10th Annual News Media Recognition Award for excellence in the reporting of psychological information and research.

Kennedy served in the Army from 1987 to 1993. She then earned a journalism degree in 2007 and began writing about post-traumatic stress disorder while working as an embedded journalist for the Army Times in Baghdad that same year with Charlie Company's 26th Infantry Regiment. She detailed her time with that unit, which lost 14 men in Iraq, and recounted how soldiers coped with combat stress in the Army Times series "Blood Brothers." She expanded the articles into the 2010 book "They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq." She continues to write about trauma and health issues at USA Today.

"She is a credit to her profession, writing about soldiers' actual experiences with trauma and PTSD in a way that the average person can understand," says Pauline Wallin, PhD, Div. 46 president.

The award spotlights journalism that broadens the public's understanding of psychology and its connection to everyday life, says Elizabeth Carll, PhD, founder and chair of the division's News Media, Public Education and Public Policy Committee, which launched the award in 2002.

"It is important to recognize that the news has enormous reach and influence to create change in the public's perception of psychological information," says Carll.

Carll and Wallin gave Kennedy the award at APA's 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, DC The division also honored 2010 winner Melissa Healy, a science and health writer for The Los Angeles Times who was unable to accept her award during APA's 2010 Annual Convention in San Diego.

—J. Chamberlin