American Psychological Foundation

APF supports neuroscientist examining suicide risk in adolescents

Catherine Glenn, PhD, is the recipient of the 2013 Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant. The $5,000 annual grant supports research related to the prevention of injuries in children and young adults through accidents, violence, abuse or suicide.

Glenn's research aims to understand the processes leading to self-injurious behaviors and to improve the ability to predict which youth are at greatest risk so that interventions can target at-risk groups. She plans to use the grant to examine how adolescent-specific neural patterns relate to suicide risk during this developmental stage.

Glenn is an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellow working with Matthew Nock, PhD, at Harvard University. She received her master's and PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. Glenn completed her clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA Medical Center.

Yu honored with 2013 Robert L. Fantz Award

APF has given its 2013 APF Robert L. Fantz Award to Chen Yu, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. Yu's research seeks to understand mechanisms of early word learning, selective attention, perception-action coupling and more by using head-mounted eye tracking, computational modeling and data-mining techniques.

The Robert L. Fantz Award recognizes promising young investigators conducting scientific research on perceptual-cognitive development and the development of selective attention.

Since 1953, APF has been supporting innovative research and programs that launch careers and seed the knowledge base on critical issues around the globe. For more information, please visit the APF website.

Vasquez and Keane join APF Board of Trustees

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, and Terence M. Keane, PhD have been elected to three-year terms on the APF Board of Trustees beginning in 2014.

Keane is professor and vice chairman in psychiatry and professor of clinical psychology at Boston University. He is also the associate chief of staff for research and development at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder's Behavioral Science Division. He has published 11 edited volumes and more than 225 articles on the assessment and treatment of PTSD. He is developing a nationally representative registry of PTSD patients and building an Internet-based treatment program for returning war veterans who have risky alcohol use and war trauma symptoms.

Vasquez is an independent practitioner in Austin, Texas. She received her doctorate from the scientist-practitioner counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. She served as APA president in 2011 and has provided leadership service to the profession of psychology for three decades. Her areas of scholarship are ethics, multicultural psychotherapy, psychology of women, supervision and training. Vasquez is co-author of three books, more than 65 journal articles and book chapters, and served on the editorial boards of 10 journals.

Leaving a legacy for psychology

Psychologists such as Edmund Nightingale, PhD, are leaving bequests to APF to ensure that the field of psychology grows and changes in response to changes in society.

"Giving represents an opportunity to help future generations of young psychologists, extending a helping hand to the many who the foundation serves."

Psychological organizations support APF's Campaign to Transform the Future

APF would like to thank the following organizations for helping the Campaign to Transform the Future:

  • APA Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and APA Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) each made a $10,000 gift to support the National Multicultural Conference and Summit Fund. The fund will provide financial support to the biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit, which brings together scientists, practitioners, scholars and students in psychology and related fields to inform and inspire multicultural theory, research and practice.
  • The Minnesota Psychological Association made a $15,000 gift to support APF's Visionary Fund priorities, which are to understand and foster the connection between behavior and health to ensure well-being; reduce stigma and prejudice; understand and prevent violence; and support programs that address the long-term psychological needs of people and communities in the aftermath of disaster.

APF's Campaign to Transform the Future is seeding the next generation of psychologists with the knowledge and tools they need to conquer 21st-century problems. Through scholarships, fellowships and student research grants, APF is filling the funding gap for today's psychology graduate students.

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For more information about APF's funding programs, visit APF, or contact APF Program Officer Samantha Edington at  (202) 336-5984.