Apply for an APF grant, the APA Congressional Fellowship and Executive Branch Science Fellowship, and the Clara Mayo grants.

American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications to Support Mental Health Projects for the Underserved

The American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Psychological Association (APA), is accepting applications from early-career psychologists working to address critical psychological needs in underserved populations.

Through the Pearson Early Career program, the foundation will award a grant of $12,000 to a clinician working on a scientifically-based project in the area of serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance or adults with serious mental illness.

To be eligible, psychologists must hold a doctorate from an accredited U.S. college/university and be no more than 7 years postdoctoral. See the Pearson Early Career Grant webpage for eligibility and application guidelines.

APA Congressional Fellowship & Executive Branch Science Fellowship Programs — Applications Now Being Accepted

APA seeks applications for its Congressional Fellowship and Executive Branch Science Fellowship programs. These opportunities allow a select number of psychologists to spend a year in Washington, D.C., where they receive first-hand experience with federal policymaking and agency research and funding. Congressional fellows work as special legislative aides in congressional member or committee offices and engage in a diverse range of policymaking activities on vital issues. APA offers specialized Congressional Fellowships for midcareer/senior professionals, experts in health and behavior issues, and developmental and clinical psychologists with experience working with children. Executive Branch Science Fellows gain crucial experience in science policy and research coordination and funding working in a federal science agency. Both programs offer a year-long stipend and funds to support relocation, travel and the purchase of health insurance. For more information, visit the program's website or call the Public Interest Government Relations Office at (202) 336-5935 or the Science Government Relations Office at (202) 336-5932. Applications must be completed by Jan. 3, 2014.

Fifth Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Rural & Greater Division of the Minnesota Psychological Association and the APA Committee on Rural Health, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

The Rural & Greater Division of the Minnesota Psychological Association has partnered with the APA Committee on Rural Health (among other strategic partners) to host the Fifth Annual Rural Behavioral Health Conference on Oct., 11, 2013. This year’s theme is “Advances in Rural Practice.” Presentation will include many such as: “Psychotherapy with Rural African Americans.” The entire day’s programming also will be offered as a webcast to individuals, as well as group webcasts at specific locations in Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota. Full conference details and the link to conference registration are provided below. If you have any questions specifically about the conference, please direct them to Willie Garrett, EdD, conference co-chair, or fax/phone (651) 646-8594.

If you have any questions about the APA Committee on Rural Health, please feel free to contact Tammy Barnes at (202) 336-5987.

The Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities: Integrating Research and Practice

Oct. 25-26, 2013

Michigan State University (MSU) Symposium on Multicultural Psychology 

The Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research (CMPR) at Michigan State University is very happy to announce that the 2013 MSU Symposium on Multicultural Psychology will focus on "The Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities: Integrating Research and Practice." It is being organized by Frederick Leong, PhD, Guillermo Bernal, PhD and NiCole Buchanan, PhD, and scheduled for Oct. 25-26, 2013, at the MSU Union (Lake Huron Room). 

Visit the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research to access current and previous MSU Symposia on Multicultural Psychology.

The goal of the 2013 MSU Symposium is to provide a review of the current state of the field and to formulate research needs and identify directions for integrating research and practice in the field of ethnic minority clinical psychology. Leading researchers in the field have been invited as speakers (listed below). 

The plan is to publish the invited presentations from the conference as a volume in the CMPR MSU Symposium Book Series (five volumes) published by the APA. The first volume on Conducting Multinational Organizational Research has been published and the second volume on Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities is in preparation. Registration for the 2013 MSU Symposium can be found at our CMPR website.

Please note that we have obtained support from the graduate school and all MSU graduate students attending will have their registration fees waived. Questions regarding the symposium may be directed to CMPR Director Frederick Leong. 

Invited speakers:

  • Cheryl Boyce, PhD, National Institute of Health 
  • Beth Boyd, PhD, University of South Dakota
  • Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, Georgetown University 
  • NiCole Buchanan, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Guillermo Bernal, PhD, University of Puerto Rico
  • Glorisa Canino, PhD, University of Puerto Rico
  • Melanie Domenech-Rodriguez, PhD, Utah State University
  • Margarita Francia, PhD, University of Puerto Rico
  • Frederick Leong, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Steve Lopez, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Alfonso Martinez Taboas, PhD, University of Puerto Rico
  • Joseph Trimble, PhD, University of Western Washington
  • Nolan Zane, PhD, University of California at Davis

The Third Biennial APA Division 45 Research Conference — June 19-21, 2014, University of Oregon, Ford Alumni Center

The third biennial Div. 45 Conference will be held June 19-21, 2014, at the University of Oregon. The goals of the conference are: (1) the presentation of state-of-the-art research related to the psychological aspects of individuals from all ethnic minority groups within the United States; (2) the professional development of ethnic minority researchers (students and professionals) and (3) greater networking and collaboration among researchers studying ethnic minority issues across various fields of psychology. This is the only conference specifically devoted to research relevant to Div. 45.

The conference co-chairs are Gordon Nagayama Hall, PhD, and Robert Sellers, PhD. The conference will feature outstanding plenary speakers and symposia, as well as preconference workshops for professional development. Confirmed speakers for plenary sessions include:

Race, Ethnicity and Schooling (From the Cradle to College)
  • Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Chicago
  • Tiffany Yip, Fordham University
  • Charles Martinez, University of Oregon
  • Jin Li, Brown University
  • Sandra Graham, UCLA
Ethnic/Racial Identity
  • William Cross, University of Denver
  • Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Arizona State University
  • Moin Syed, University of Minnesota
  • Stephanie Fryberg, University of Arizona
  • Richard Lee, University of Minnesota

The call for proposals will be available in early 2014. Visit the conference website for more information. 

The University of Oregon is a mid-sized, tree-lined campus in Eugene, two hours south of Portland. Eugene is quite pleasant in late June, with average temperatures in the mid-70s. The city is known for its outdoor activities, and is proximal to the Oregon coast, the Cascade Mountains, wineries and breweries. Eugene has a vibrant Saturday Market that sells farm fresh produce, local foods and handcrafted goods. Six airlines service the Eugene Airport with direct flights from several major hubs in the west.

Call for Pre-conference Workshop Proposals! 3rd Biennial APA Division 45 Research Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene — June 17-19, 2014

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2013

Pre-conference workshop proposals are now being accepted for consideration the third biennial research conference sponsored by the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Div. 45). The conference will convene June 17-19, 2014, at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 12 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

Workshop proposals should be 2 or 4 hours in length and include the following information: 

  • Workshop title (130 character limit).
  • Abstract (500-word limit) that includes relevance to ethnic minority issues. 
  • Facilitators and their expertise relative to the workshop topics. One individual must be designated as the lead facilitator.
  • Participant learning objectives (knowledge and skills that participants will gain). One objective per hour is a general guideline.
  • Method of instruction that is interactive and incorporates best practices of learning.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following topics:

  • Collaborating across disciplines and/or cultures.
  • Effective uses of technology in multicultural research, teaching and practice.
  • Early career development for psychologists of color.
  • Mid-career transitions for psychologists of color: Positioning for the next professional step.
  • When Findings are Unpredicted or Discrepant: Developing a Cohesive Article.
  • Converting Your Presentation into a Publication.

Visit the pre-conference workshop proposal website for more information.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact the Pre-Conference Workshops Committee Chairperson Evie Garcia, PhD.

The Clara Mayo Grants: In Support of Masters’ Theses and Pre-Dissertation Research on Sexism, Racism or Prejudice

The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.


Individuals who are Society for the Psychological Society of Social Issues (SPSSI) members and who have matriculated into graduate programs in psychology, applied social science and related disciplines. A student who is applying for a Grants-In-Aids may not apply for the Clara Mayo award in the same award year. Applicants may submit only one Mayo application per calendar year.

Awards and Criteria

Up to six grants will be awarded annually. The maximum amount of any grant is $1,000. Proposals that include a college or university agreement to match the amount requested will be favored, but proposals without matching funds will also be considered. Visit the SPSSI webpage to view previous Clara Mayo Grant Winners.

How to Apply

Apply online now. Online submissions are the preferred method. Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. At the time you submit your completed application, you must also send an email to Brad Sickels at Central Office. As the subject of the email write "Fall Clara Mayo Application" in the body of the email please list your full contact information. 

This document (DOC, 21.9KB) must also be completed and included as part of your online submission.

In addition to the requirements detailed on the application, applicants should include:

  1. Faculty advisor’s recommendation, including certification that the proposal is for a master’s thesis or for pre-dissertation research.
  2. If available, an institutional letter of agreement to match the funds requested.

These additional materials must be uploaded with your full application or emailed to Brad Sickels for the fall 2013 round. 


The annual deadline for the fall round is October 15th. Winners will be announced by Dec. 1, 2013. Late applications may be held until the next deadline.

Sponsored by: SPSSI’s Clara Mayo Memorial Fund made possible by bequests from the family and friends of Professor Clara Mayo and by SPSSI member donations.