American Psychological Foundation

New graduate scholarship honors William C. Howell

Colleagues and friends of psychologist William C. Howell, PhD, have established an APF scholarship to pay tribute to Howell's contributions to psychology, including serving as executive director of APA's Science Directorate from 1992–98 and on APF's Board of Trustees since 2000. Howell died in April after a long illness.

The $1,000 William C. Howell Graduate Research Scholarship will be part of APF's Graduate Research Scholarship program. The Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology administers the program through APA's Science Directorate.

As head of APA's Science Directorate and later an APF trustee, Howell encouraged APF to boost its support for graduate students and early career psychologists. Thanks to his leadership and vision, many young psychologists received grants and scholarships from the foundation that were pivotal in launching their careers.

"We have so many talented young people, and the William C. Howell Scholarship provides the opportunity to support students for years to come," says APF President Dorothy Cantor, PsyD. "The scholarship is a tribute to Bill's lifelong commitment to ensuring the future of psychology."

For information about the scholarship and the APF Graduate Research Scholarship program, visit APF or contact Kimberly Rowsome, APF senior development officer.

Sri Lankan psychologist wins Culbertson grant

APF has presented the 2012 Frances M. Culbertson Travel Grant to Piyanjali de Zoysa, PhD, of the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. De Zoysa, the founding president of the Psychology Association of Sri Lanka, will use the $1,500 grant to attend the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, July 22–27, where the Psychology Association of Sri Lanka will become a member of the International Union of Psychological Sciences.

In addition to launching Sri Lanka's first psychology organization, De Zoysa helped establish the country's first and only training program in professional psychology at the University of Colombo.

The Frances M. Culbertson Travel Grant provides up to $1,500 biennially to early career women psychologists who want to attend professional conferences. The grant is funded through a donation from Frances M. Culbertson, PhD. The application deadline for the 2014 award is Feb. 15, 2013.

Join APF in Orlando

The American Psychological Foundation will host a series of distinguished presentations and speakers during APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2–5. They include:

  • "Bullying Prevention Policy and Practice: Where Have We Come and Where Are We Headed?" the William Bevan Lecture on Psychology and Public Policy by Susan Limber, PhD, of Clemson University. Limber directed the first wide-scale implementation and evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States. She is co-author of the Blueprint for the Bullying Prevention Program. Aug. 3, noon–12:50 p.m.

  • "American Psychological Foundation Grants and Scholarships," an information session with APF Program Officer Parie Kadir. Attendees will learn about the foundation's more than 40 funding opportunities. Aug. 3, 1–1:50 p.m.

  • "Mathematically Talented Youth at Age 50: Early Results from a 40-Year Follow-Up Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth Participants," the Esther Katz Rosen Lecture on Gifted Children and Adolescents by the study's co-director, David Lubinski, PhD, of Vanderbilt University. The 50-year longitudinal study included more than 5,000 intellectually talented participants. Aug. 3, 3–3:50 p.m.

  • "The Psychology of Possibility," the Arthur W. Staats Lecture on Unifying Psychology by Ellen J. Langer, PhD, of Harvard University. Langer will share her results from a series of studies that have shown that simply changing our mindsets and our language can lead to improved vision, weight loss and longevity. Aug. 3, 2–2:50 p.m.

The 2012 Spielberger EMPathy Symposium will feature three talks:

  • "Are We the Only Empathic Animal?" by Frans B.M. de Waal, PhD, of Emory University; "Emotion, Imitation and Embodied Social Cognition," by Piotr Winkielman, PhD, of the University of California, San Diego; and "What Motivates Disorder Following Trauma Exposure? Factors Related to the Development and Maintenance of PTSD," by Terry Keane, PhD, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Aug. 4, 2–3:50 p.m.

  • "Building Peace by Broadening, Deepening and Lengthening Justice," the Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture on the Psychological Study of Social Issues by John Bradford Braithwaite, PhD. Braithwaite is founder of the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. Aug. 4, 4–4:50 p.m.

  • The Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology by Robert Brooks, PhD. Aug. 4, 5–5:50 p.m.

Why we support APF: Kurt Geisinger, PhD, and Janet Carlson, PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

"We believe psychology has a unique role in benefiting humankind. We also believe education serves as a supportive ladder that enables people to climb and better themselves. APF provides funds both to enhance the future of psychology and to aid individuals in taking steps up the educational ladder. Moreover, our gifts permit us to memorialize psychologists and others who have had significant roles in our lives, be they family, friends or colleagues. Contributing to APF is one way to leave the world a bit better than we found it."

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For more information on APF's funding programs, visit APF or contact Parie Kadir at (202) 336-5984.