Calls for Nominations

Scholarships and other funding are available for environmental psychologists at all stages of their careers.

Call for Entries

The Generative Space Award
A Place to Flourish®

The Generative Space Award recognizes break-through designs that improve health and healthcare. Submit your recent projects that clearly demonstrate the integration of the physical and social environments to make your community A Place to Flourish®. All settings that satisfy the entry requirements are eligible for this award. The deadline for submittals is 15 June 2013. All information and rules about this award are available online. This is produced by the Caritas Project

American Psychological Association: Policy Review Task Force on Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention

Call for Nominations

The American Psychological Association (APA) seeks nominations for the APA Policy Review Task Force on Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention by May 19. The APA Council of Representatives authorized the six-person Task Force during its February 22-24, 2013, meeting. The Task Force charge is to review and amend or possibly replace the 1994 APA Council resolution on Firearm Safety and Youth. The Council allocated funds in the 2013 budget for one meeting of the task force, which will take place in early fall 2013. The final recommendations of the Task Force need to be submitted for governance review by October 21, in order for the Council to consider the recommendations at the February 2014 meeting. In its work, the Task Force will draw on a report on gun violence prediction and prevention that a panel of experts convened by APA will complete by August 2013.

The Council of Representatives approved the creation of the Task Force with the goal of strengthening APA policy related to the prediction and prevention of gun violence. The APA Board of Directors recommended that the Council create the Task Force to address the perceived limitations in the 1994 policy in terms of its age, scope, and evidence base. The Board recognized the need for a new policy to reflect current knowledge on gun violence prediction and prevention, to inform the field, and to provide a strong foundation for APA federal advocacy efforts. The key issues at the forefront of the national debate include the following: the accuracy of predicting violent behavior, especially for low base rate events, such as mass shootings; the effectiveness of various gun violence prevention strategies, including approaches to school safety; education and training needs; research issues as they pertain to gun violence prediction and prevention; and public policy recommendations.

Nominations should include a statement of areas of expertise and interest, as well as a curriculum vitae for each nominee. Send nomination materials to the attention of Ron Schlittler at  202-336-6040 FAX, or American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. For any questions about the Task Force or the nominations process, contact Clinton Anderson, 202-336-6037.

Potential areas of nominee expertise include the following:

  1. Degree of relationship between mental illness and risk of violence
  2. Antecedents of gun violence, including social determinants, gender, and cultural and developmental factors
  3. Effectiveness of gun violence prevention strategies at the individual, community, and broader levels
  4. Gun violence and related policy
  5. APA governance experience.

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest will review the nominations and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors for appointment by the APA President.
Ronald L. Schlittler, MIPP | Program Coordinator
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel: 202-336-6041 | Fax: 202-336-6040

Call for Comments: Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology

The Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) is seeking comment on the CRSPPP Principles for Recognition of Proficiencies in Professional Psychology.
 
Comments may be submitted until May 20, 2013. All comments are to be submitted electronically via the Education Directorate Public Comment website by the deadline. Participants may submit comments and view other participants’ comments at the website.
Should there be any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.
 
Regards,
Jan-Sheri Morris | Program Officer, Graduate & Postgraduate Education & Training
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
202.336.5855 (p) | 202.336.6151 (f)

Call for Nominations: Landmark Behavior Change Case Studies (Energy and Transportation)

Tools of Change is soliciting nominations for its 2013 Landmark behavior change case studies in two topic areas - (1) home / building energy conservation and (2) sustainable transportation. If you know of anyone working on a particularly effective or innovative approach for changing energy consumption or transportation behaviors, please consider nominating them - or yourself. All nominations must include measured impact results.

Designation as a "Landmark" (best practice) case study through this peer selection process recognizes behavior change programs and approaches considered to be among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. Designated programs gain exposure, credibility and free, on-line program case study materials, which may make it easier for them to maintain or increase program funding.

Nominations are screened by Tools of Change staff and then the most promising are rated by peer selection panels based on a standard scoring grid. Designated programs are captured in detail and presented to other social change practitioners through webinars, transcripts and video recordings of the webinars, and written case studies. Program organizers get a Landmark designation logo for use on websites and in electronic newsletters, providing click-through access to the program's case study materials. Individuals nominating Landmark case studies are also suitably acknowledged.

The nomination form, which can be downloaded, must be submitted by May 31, 2013.
Designations will be announced by October 2013, and case study webinars will be presented between January and June 2014.

View Landmark case studies designated in past years.

Nominations: COMMITTEE ON EARLY CAREER PSYCHOLOGISTS

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) is seeking nominations for two representatives to serve a three-year term (2014-2016)

Education Representative:
Current work experience as an educator, experience working with and the ability to represent the interests of Early Career Psychologists to the education community in the field, experience working with committees and other groups in promoting education and training of students, and experience in initiating and implementing projects.

State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTA) Representative:
Promotes early career member interests and leadership experiences in State, Provincial, and Territorial Associations (SPTAs), and represents the interests of SPTAs related to Early Career Psychologists within APA.  This position co-directs a network of Early Career Psychologists representatives from SPTA and APA Divisions, and facilitates activities, projects and programs that foster joint membership and participation between the Early Career Psychologists memberships of APA and SPTAs. In addition, it is likely that this individual will be invited to attend the State Leadership Conference in March. Applicants for the SPTA Slate will be evaluated on leadership experiences within SPTA governance and program activities, as well as a general history of leadership and governance work.
 
Candidates must be an APA member within seven years’ receipt of their doctorate degree on January 1, 2014. In addition, you must be able to attend mandatory committee meetings; one in the spring, and two in the fall.  Some committee members may be asked to attend additional meetings depending on their position.  Meeting expenses are reimbursed by APA.  Although not reimbursed, committee members are highly encouraged to attend and participate in early career programming annually at the APA convention. The committee works extensively through listserv and email. Applicants should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week engaged in committee activities. 
 
All candidates should include:

  1. Statement of Interest from the Nominee
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. One Letter of Recommendation
Nomination materials must be received by August 16, 2013.  Applicants will be notified in mid-December.

Please submit all materials in a single Word or PDF document.  Put your name and the name of the slate that you are applying for in the subject line and as the name of your document (e.g. Jane Smith, Education Slate). Email all materials to Sonja Wiggins. 
 
CECP seeks to represent the interests and concerns of early career psychologists throughout APA.  For more information about the committee and other early career resources, please visit the APA early career website. If you have any questions, please contact the current Chair, Ayse Ciftci, PhD.  
Sonja B. Wiggins
Assistant Director, Governance Affairs and Administration
Public and Member Communications
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel: 202-336-5590 |  Fax: 202-216-7628

 

CODAPAR releases call for interdivisional grants

$25,000 is up for grabs in the 2014 Interdivisional Grant Program sponsored by the Committee on Division/APA Relations.

The program is designed to support joint activities that enhance the work, interests or goals of two or more divisions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Furthering APA's goals of working to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting human welfare.

  • Projects that promote collaboration between the science and practice of psychology.

  • Fostering the recruitment of ethnic minorities into psychology, APA or division membership or APA governance.

  • Activities that focus on a currently unaddressed topic or area in psychology.

Proposals must meet the following requirements to be considered by CODAPAR:

  • Projects must be sponsored by at least two divisions. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate significant collaboration between the sponsoring divisions.

  • The projects may not duplicate an activity currently being undertaken by another APA office or group.

  • The project must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding. If projects will extend beyond 12 months, proposals must indicate which deliverable tasks will be funded by the grant in the initial 12 months of funding. Failure to complete the funded deliverable tasks within 12 months may render participating divisions ineligible for future IGP requests.

For more information on how to apply and for a list of pasts recipients, visit the IGP website.  If you have questions about your project, feel free to contact any member of CODAPAR.

CODAPAR Representatives

Maureen McCarthy, PhD. serves divisions 5, 8, 13, 14, 19, 21, 23, 31, 46.
Debra Major, PhD. serves divisions 1, 2, 3, 10, 24, 25, 26, 32, 36.
Ellen Mandinach, PhD. serves divisions 9, 27, 34, 35, 44, 45, 48, 51, 52.
Carolyn Schroeder, PhD. serves divisions 7, 15, 16, 20, 33, 37, 43, 53, 54.
John Westefeld, PhD. serves divisions 6, 22, 28, 38, 40, 47, 50, 55, 56.
Frederick Rotgers, PsyD. serves divisions 12, 17, 18, 29, 30, 39, 41, 42, 49.

APA seeks award nominations for distinguished contributions to practice, science, education and more

Nominate colleagues now for awards to be presented at the 2014 APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

APA's Practice, Science, Education and Public Interest Directorates, as well as the Office of International Affairs, seek nominations for the association's 2014 awards.

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA's 2014 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10, 2014; a waiver of convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance.

All award nominations are due June 1, 2013.

APA Practice Awards:

  • The Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology.

  • The Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice recognizes outstanding independent practitioners in psychology.

  • The Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice recognizes outstanding practitioners in psychology working in a wide variety of institutional practice settings (e.g., schools, military, state hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs).

  • The APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology is awarded annually to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology.

APA Science Awards:

  • The Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.

  • The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

  • The Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers.

APA Education and Training Awards:

  • The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training recognizes psychologists who have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career.

  • The Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training recognizes psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education.

APA Public Interest Awards:

  • The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest recognizes two individuals, both an early career and senior psychologist, who have advanced psychology as a science and/or profession by a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions in the public interest.

  • The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy honors an individual who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to psychological research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work dedicated to informing public policy through psychological understanding.

APA International Awards:

  • The Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and the advancement of knowledge in psychology.

  • The APA International Humanitarian Award recognizes international humanitarian service — professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field in any country by a psychologist or a team of psychologists working under the aegis of local, national and international organizations that provide psycho-social and humanitarian services.
     

2014 APA International Humanitarian Award

The APA International Humanitarian Award recognizes humanitarian service by a psychologist or a team of psychologists, including professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field with underserved populations.

Humanitarian services are defined as professional activities initiated by psychologists, working alone or in association with others, to help alleviate severe stress and restore psychological well-being to a group of people in a variety of difficult circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • Survivors of a natural disaster or person-induced crisis, such as a civil war or a forced migration.

  • A community of any size in which long-term political, economic, social and/or other circumstances have caused severe stress and psychological problems for a substantial portion of that community.

Eligibility

Candidates may be nominated by APA members, affiliates, and constituent groups (e.g. APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial psychology associations). The deadline for the award nomination is June 1, 2013. Nominees need not be Members or affiliate members of the Association. Recipients are psychologists or teams that include a psychologists working under the aegis of local, national and international organizations that provide psychosocial and humanitarian services.

Nominations should provide ample and clear documentation to substantiate humanitarian services that have improved the lives and contributed to the well-being of people in either large or small geographic areas anywhere in the world. Documentation should include, but is not limited to descriptions of the following:

  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, dedication, and persistence brought to bear on work within specific communities.

  • Specific actions taken to improve conditions.

  • Actions taken in ways that facilitate the transition from humanitarian relief to recovery and are supportive of long-term development.

  • Actions taken to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of future crises.

  • Any difficult conditions constituting threats to the security, stability, welfare or development of communities, including, if applicable, personal risk to the nominee.

Applications will be screened by the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology, which will make recommendations to the APA Board of Directors for their designation of the awardee. Applications must include: (1) a letter of application; (2) a 500-word narrative description of humanitarian services within specified time frames; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) three letters of recommendation; and other supporting documents deemed essential to a full presentation of the applicant's work.

The award recipient will receive an honorarium of $1000; a waiver of 2014 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2014 convention in Washington, D.C. The award recipient is invited to present an awards address at convention and to submit an article based on their address for publication in the annual awards issue of the American Psychologist.

Nominations and supporting materials may be sent to the Office of International Affairs at the APA address or electronically with INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD NOMINATION in the subject line. Questions about the award should be directed to Sally Leverty at (202)-336-6025.

2014 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology

The Committee for International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) invites nominations for the 2014 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. This award recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and the advancement of knowledge of psychology. Candidates may be from any country. Nominations should include a type-written statement of up to 500 words that traces the nominee’s cumulative record of enduring contributions to the international advancement of psychology; a current vitae; a list of relevant publications, and letters of support from three to five people familiar with the nominee’s work.

Candidates may be nominated by APA members, affiliates, and constituent groups (e.g. APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial psychology associations). The deadline for the award nomination is June 1, 2013.
The award recipient will receive an honorarium of $1000; a waiver of 2014 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2014 convention in Washington, D.C. The award recipient is invited to present an awards address at convention and to submit an article based on their address for publication in the annual awards issue of the American Psychologist.

Nominations and supporting materials may be sent to the Office of International Affairs at the APA address or electronically with INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD NOMINATION in the subject line. Questions about the award should be directed to Sally Leverty at (202)-336-6025.

Undergraduate Student Research Award 2013 

The Division 34 Undergraduate Student Research Award recognizes outstanding original research conducted by an undergraduate student on any topic in environmental, conservation, or population psychology. The award consists of a certificate and a $300 prize. The award will be judged by a panel of Division members, and awarded on the basis of both the quality of the research and the writing. The submission (see below) may be an original empirical investigation, a qualitative review paper, or a meta-analysis. There may be co-authors, but the student submitting the paper must be first author.
 
Due Date: May 31, 2013 
 
To Apply: Students who would like their work considered for the award must make a submission. This submission should include the following: 

  1. A cover letter indicating that they would like to be considered for the award. 

  2. A letter from the student’s supervisor confirming that the applicant is an undergraduate student in psychology or a related field (or was when the work was done) and that the applicant’s work on the project merits first authorship.

  3. A full paper in APA (6th Ed.) format reporting the project. This should be a complete report of the work, as would be written for a journal submission.

  4. Two copies of the paper should be submitted: one with the authors' names included and one without, so blind reviews may be done

Email your submissions to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Jennifer Veitch. The deadline for receipt is Friday, May 31, 2013.

Question:

I have a research question for this group – a request for ideas actually, about a study that I think is important, but out of our usual zone of activities. I have been approached by a microbiologist at my school (Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello) who is a specialist in the human biome – in particular the microbiome of the human gut. That means she studies the ecology of bacteria in the digestive system, addressing “the coevolution of the microbiota and its host Homo sapiens.” She further specializes in the microbiome of the world's most isolated peoples. She has found that the nature of the biome relates to lifestyle, independent of location (for instance, isolated people in Peru & Africa have similar biomes, which are very different from urban folks in both places). She also finds that the microbiota changes as people become less isolated. Gloria believes that environmental and behavioral factors affect these changes and has asked me to join her study to help observe these peoples and situations and identify the critical settings and behaviors that may be critical. We have discussed various approaches to observing behavior in the field settings, including classic mapping and tracking as well as behavior setting analysis. Issues such as how much time people spend in contact with dirt (barefoot on the ground), eating, greeting and toilet habits, etc., may be important. Since this is such a different topic than most of us deal with I am hoping for thoughts and ideas from you about issues, methods and approaches.


Thanks,

Rich Wener