Awards, Conferences and Committee Nominations


The Public Interest Directorate offers several opportunities for psychologists to apply for committee membership, apply or nominate colleagues for awards, research funding, fellowships and participate in training programs and conferences.

Task Forces & Committees

Upcoming Nominations

  • Committee on Aging 
    The committee is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, for two new members. CONA is the chief committee within the APA governance structure charged with addressing aging concerns. In its 11th year of existence, CONA seeks full members of APA with specialization in aging issues to serve a three-year term beginning January 2014, and ending December 2016.

  • Committee on Children, Youth and Families
    The committee welcomes nominations from individuals with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth and families, in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting health and human welfare, and more.

  • Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs
    This committee seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2014, and welcomes the nomination of candidates who possess knowledge and expertise of other diverse populations such as disability, early career, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. To fulfill its mandate for ethnic representation and its commitment to gender equity, the two vacant slates are for African-American male psychologists and Latino/Hispanic male psychologists. 

  • Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
    Nominees with experience or expertise in areas such as people with disabilities, transgender people, indigenous people, LGBT youth, especially bullying, self-identification as an ally, public policy and dissemination and implementation of reports and guidelines are sought to fill two positions beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

  • Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Committee
    Services for Transition Age Youth Fellowship Section (STAY)
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship Section (MHSAS)
    This committee is accepting nominations in two sections, MHSAS and STAY. Selected individuals will serve a three year term beginning February 2015 with the possibility of serving a second consecutive term. Asian-American/Pacific Islander psychologists and individuals with lived experience of a mental health condition who are involved in training and/or providing behavioral health services to ethnic minority communities are especially urged to apply.

Nominations Coming Soon

Awards & Grants


CDIP Awards
CONA Awards
MFP Awards
  • Minority Fellowship Program Achievement Awards
    These awards recognize MFP alumni who have made exceptional contributions to racial and ethnic psychology in the areas of research, public service, teaching and training, or innovations in treatment.

PI Awards



Past Awards & Grants

Programs & Conferences


  • Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence
    A violence prevention project that is designed to prevent violence by providing young children with positive role models and environments that teach nonviolent problem-solving.

  • Behavioral Social Science Volunteers (BSSV)
    This program has established a national network of behavioral and social science volunteers made up of psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public health experts, social workers and others whom assist with HIV prevention efforts in their communities by offering free and ongoing technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) that want cutting edge science prevention.

  • HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program
    This program enhances psychologists' ability to competently and compassionately respond to people infected and affected by HIV by training and certifying more than 450 regional program volunteer trainers to deliver interactive workshops, based on APA-approved curricula, for more than 28,000 mental health providers in their geographic area since 1991.

  • Safe and Supportive Schools Project
    This project helps schools, families and communities promote the healthy growth and full development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) youth by providing capacity-building assistance to schools and other organizations that serve gay and bisexual young men at risk for HIV infection, especially African-American and Latino youth.

  • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) 
    LIWP prepares, supports, and empowers women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life, increases the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders, and ensures that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities and disabilities. 

  • Recovery to Practice (RTP)
    A five-year initiative that develops an online resource on recovery principles and practices for mental health professionals and recovery-focused trainings for mental health professionals that enhance the current psychology training system by emphasizing recovery outcomes as the basis for clinical care, the recovery knowledge, skills and attitudes of students, supervisors and administrators in psychology.

  • Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities Program (SESRCD) Program
    This program encouraged mental health professionals to provide cancer-serving organizations with access to practice-based strategies that address socioeconomic cancer disparities, develops and sustains a network of behavioral and social science volunteers (BSSVs) to provide community cancer serving organizations, and more.


  • Work, Stress, and Health Conference
    This conference covers topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners and researchers such as economic aspects of job stress, work and family issues, new forms of work organization, changing worker demographics and best practices for preventing stress and improving the health of workers and their organizations. Attend poster and paper presentations, and symposia on these topics.

  • Psychology Summer Institute (PSI)
    PSI provides educational, professional development, and one-on-one mentoring experiences to advance psychology doctoral students and early career psychologists by guiding participants toward developing grant proposals, postdoctoral fellowships, dissertations, treatment programs, publications or program evaluation projects which focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

  • Women and Disabilities Conference
    A two-day national multidisciplinary conference to educate health professionals by highlighting special issues concerning women with disabilities, including health disparities, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, heath conditions, reproductive health, psychological health, abuse, access to care and services, and health equity.