American Psychological Foundation
APF honors Pettifor for career achievement
APF will present its 2013 Wilhelm Wundt William James Award to Jean Pettifor, PhD, an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, known for her work in global social justice, professional ethics and leadership, at the 2013 European Congress of Psychology in July.
The award is made possible by a gift to APF from former APA CEO Raymond Fowler, PhD, and is presented every two years at the European Congress of Psychology.
Helping families cope with PTSD
APF has awarded George Mason University clinical doctoral student Sarah Campbell the 2013 APF Randy Gerson Memorial Research Grant to study how post-traumatic stress disorder affects military couples when soldiers return from deployment.
The APF Randy Gerson Memorial Grant awards up to $6,000 annually for graduate student projects in family and/or couple dynamics and/or multi-generational processes.
Upcoming APF deadlines
June 1: Robert Fantz Award
June 1: Joseph B. Gittler Award
June 1: F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award
June 15: Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant
For more information on APF's grants and scholarships, please contact Parie Kadir, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5984.
Kathryn Howell, PhD
Why are some children who are exposed to family violence more resilient than others? That's the question Kathryn Howell, PhD, of the University of Michigan tackled with help from the $1,000 APF Annette Urso Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy to complete her dissertation in 2010.
Howell, then a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, evaluated 120 mothers and their preschool children who had been exposed to intimate partner violence. As part of the research she tested whether the children were able to complete age-appropriate tasks. She also provided these families with an evidence-based intervention that focused on strengthening social support and community resources for the children and on helping the mothers improve their parenting skills.
She found that children with high prosocial skills experienced the most positive effect from the intervention. She demonstrated that by taking a more holistic, strength-based approach, rather than focusing on psychopathology and reducing negative behavior, clinicians and researchers alike may better serve these families who have the potential to overcome the multitude of difficulties they encounter.
"Findings from this line of research indicate that short-term intervention may result in meaningful change on key aspects of resilient functioning in children exposed to intimate partner violence," says Howell.
Her findings have been published in several journals, including the Journal of Family Violence and the Journal of Violence, Maltreatment and Trauma.
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