By Christine L. B. Selby, PhD
Recently, the division competed, in collaboration with other APA divisions, for funding of two Interdivisional Grant proposals. The Interdivisional Grant Program was established in 1998 by the Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) for the purpose of encouraging collaboration between divisions with common interests. The success of the program has resulted in the doubling of total monies available ($12,500 to $25,000). CODAPAR has recently requested that the amount be doubled again. In the fall of 2013, a total of 16 grant proposals were submitted, six of which were funded by CODAPAR. I am pleased to say that both grants with which Div. 47 was involved were selected for funding:
- A Web-Based Concussion Toolkit — A Collaborative Resource for Clinical, Research, and Legislative Efforts: involves representatives from Divs. 19, 22, 31, 40 and 47 and will be a collection of resources on concussion to aid in psychologists' work as clinicians, researchers and lobbyists.
- Exercise and Mental Health: Resources for Psychologists, Consumers and the Public: involves representatives from Divs. 17, 22, 42 and 47. This will also be a Web-based project. The intent is to inform professionals and the general public on the myriad psychological benefits of exercise.
Work has begun in earnest on both projects and when available updates will be provided via the division's announcement list and social media.
Additional efforts of the division have involved putting together programming that will highlight invited speakers, award winners, and of course the work of the division's members. This is also the first year collaborative programming will be presented. Your program co-chairs Courtney Albinson and Jamie Shapiro have worked tirelessly to manage the changes implemented by APA and to ensure excellent programming for this year's convention.
Finally, the Executive Committee gathered in Washington, D.C., the site of this year's convention, for our mid-year meeting. We met from March 14-16 and had a full slate of items to which to attend. If there are issues or concerns you would like to bring to the attention of the Executive Committee please do not hesitate to contact me . You may get an automatic reply that I'm on sabbatical and may not respond quickly; however, that message is mostly for students who are going to send multiple emails if I don't respond within an hour or two.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the convention in our nation's capital this August.