In This Issue


New email lists; awards information; convention workshops; and more.
Bisexual Committee Creates Email List

Based on feedback from participants in the 2012 APA Convention Bisexual Issues Discussion hour, the Committee on Bisexual Issues is hoping to establish an e-mail list of members for our Committee, in order to share information with one another between conventions, and collaborate together on initiatives related to raising visibility of bisexual issues within Div. 44. Our new email list will be a useful tool to keep in touch with others who are interested in bisexual issues in psychology, and to keep abreast of new research in this area. All are welcome to become members of the Committee on Bisexual Issues and join this email list! To do so, please simply contact us: Grady L. Garner Jr., and Lori E. Ross, Co-Chairs, Div. 44 Committee on Bisexual Issues.

Transgender Research Award

Div. 44 Committee for Transgender People and Gender Diversity is pleased to announce the fourth annual $500 research award for psychological research that addresses transgender issues. This award will be given at the APA Convention and is open to anyone conducting psychological research using transgender participants or studying issues affecting transgender people and communities. The project may be completed (within the years 2011–2013) or in progress. The award winner will also disseminate and/or share findings with multiple audiences and communities that are directly impacted by the research (e.g., academic audiences, traditional publications, community-focused workshops, etc.)

Complete applications must be submitted on or before Friday, April 19, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. PT. The application must be complete, including the letter from the applicant’s faculty supervisor if the applicant is a student. Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason, including technology related difficulties. Applicants will receive an email confirmation that their materials have been received within one week of receipt.

Do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair if you have any questions about the application guidelines. We welcome your input! If you are interested in being a reviewer please contact Theo Burnes. Note: if you are applying for this award, you may not also be a reviewer for this award.

CE Workshop on Intersectionality in Psychological Practice at APA Annual Convention

Div. 44 will be co-sponsoring, along with APA’s Office on Continuing Education in Psychology, a CE workshop at the upcoming annual convention in Honolulu entitled “LGBT People of Color and Spirituality: Tools for Psychological Practice.” This full-day, pre-convention workshop will be facilitated by nationally recognized experts, Drs. Mary Fukuyama (University of Florida), Mark Leach (University of Louisville), and Anneliese Singh (University of Georgia). The workshop will present current research and strategies for addressing the intersections of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and spirituality in psychological practice. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, these facilitators will provide theoretical frameworks, assessment tools, and clinical techniques for addressing identity issues. The date and time of the workshop have yet to be scheduled; however, if you are interested in attending, please contact Cirleen DeBlaere or David Rivera for more information. —Cirleen DeBlaere and David P. Rivera, Co-Chairs, Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

LGBTQ Classroom Resource

The following site, developed at Stony Brook University, is designed to provide faculty members, instructors, and TAs with information about how to create an LGBTQ-friendly educational experience for students. —Marvin R. Goldfried

The Committee on Gender and Sexuality of the American Psychoanalytic Association Announces the 2014 Ralph Roughon Paper Award

The Ralph Roughton Paper Award was established in 1998 to honor the founding Chairperson of APsaA’s Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues. In its first decade, it offered formal recognition to outstanding published papers that deepened our psychoanalytic understanding of gay men and lesbians. In 2007, the mission of the Award was changed. In the years that it is awarded, the Ralph Roughton Paper Award is now given to an unpublished manuscript that, in the opinion of the judges, makes an original and outstanding contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding and/or treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans people.

The Award carries a cash prize of $1,000 and the author of the winning paper will be invited to present it at the National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York in January of 2014. The winner may submit the paper for review by the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association and, if accepted, it will be published as the winner of the Ralph Roughton Paper Award.

Papers must be unpublished (but may have been presented at professional meetings) and must conform to the Preparation of Manuscript guidelines outlined by the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association with the exception that the length should not exceed 30 double-spaced typed pages. Paper submissions are welcome from anyone regardless of institutional affiliation. Submissions are due by August 31, 2013.

Email one Word document containing the manuscript with all references to the author deleted, and email another Word document containing the author’s name, email address, address, phone number, and any institutional affiliation to Carol Levin.

Special Issue on Issues in Sexual Minority Parenting

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice will feature a special issue on sexual minority parenting. We invite articles addressing issues and professional practice focused on parenting, grandparenting, or growing up in a family with a sexual minority parent or child. We seek manuscripts addressing issues and interventions for families that include an individual who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or with other diverse or minority sexual orientations or gender identities, including issues of bias, minority stress, and microaggressions relevant to these populations. We are particularly interested in receiving qualitative and quantitative empirical studies, comprehensive literature reviews, conceptual work, and program and therapy outcome studies, although descriptions of innovative programs or interventions may also be considered. Manuscripts need to be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission portal which may be found at the journal’s Web site.

Manuscripts should be sent to the attention of Kathi A. Borden, PhD, Associate Editor, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.

Cochran, Gock, and Chung Elected to APA Governance Positions

CLGBTC former members were elected to APA Governance positions in January: Susan D. Cochran to the Membership Board and Terry S. Gock to the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Also, current BAPPI liaison to the Committee, Barry Chung, was elected to the Membership Board.

Kimberly Balsam Named Co-Director of LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at Palo Alto University

The LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at Palo Alto University (PAU) provides select students with advanced knowledge and skills to meet the highest standards in the field of LGBTQ Clinical Psychology. Three areas of intensive training are included: classroom instruction, clinical practice, and research. We train in our own Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, and provide research opportunities working with collaborating faculty.

We are proud to announce that Kimberly Balsam, PhD has joined our faculty as Associate Professor and is now Co-Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis and the Co-Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR). As you may know, Dr. Balsam was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award by Div. 44 in 2010. At PAU she conducts an active research program, teaches, and supervises student research.

Please inform exceptional students interested in LGBTQ issues in psychology about our program. They may contact Peter Goldblum or Dr. Balsam directly for more information.

Diversity Challenge: Intersections of Race, Culture, and Health or Mental Health - Call for Proposals Deadline: April 12, 2013

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture is pleased to present the 13th annual Diversity Challenge: Intersections of Race, Culture, and Health or Mental Health. We seek proposals that focus on research, assessment, interventions, health policies that move beyond merely comparing racial/ethnic groups to more fully considering the complexity of race and culture as effects on mental and physical health. We welcome proposals that address such issues across the lifespan and focus on specific age groups, such as children and adolescents and adults of all ages. Also, we encourage proposals outlining systemic approaches to these concerns, which may include preventive strategies, school interventions, and agency collaborations that focus on racial life experiences, such as racism and discrimination, and/or cultural attributes such as resilience and health beliefs.

We envision an interdisciplinary forum in which a variety of perspectives are explored and scientists, practitioners, educators, and social activists can interact with each other in order to address mutual concerns related to this important theme. Proposals are welcome from researchers, practitioners, educators, community organizations, advocacy and activist groups, medical service providers, employee assistance personnel, government agencies, spiritual healers, and providers of community services. Work groups focused on health disparities are also encouraged to submit. Finally, we welcome critical perspectives and creative ideas concerning the role of race and culture in fostering health and mental health in the lives of individuals regardless of their race or cultural origins.

View the Call for Proposals. Proposal submission deadline is April 12, 2013.

Williams Institute Small Research Grants Program Request for Proposals

The Williams Institute’s Small Research Grants program is designed to encourage new empirical research focused on the LGBT population. Applicants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including social sciences (e.g., economics, sociology, demography, social psychology), law, public health, and public policy are encouraged to apply. An important objective of this funding is to encourage new scholars to enter LGBT research areas. This initiative is designed to promote two goals: fostering sound empirical—quantitative or qualitative—knowledge focused research on LGBT populations; and developing better understanding of the need for and impact of public policies that affect LGBT populations.

Eligible applicants are individuals, organizations, and institutions that have a U.S. tax ID. Graduate students, junior faculty members interested in initiating a research career in or developing pilot data for LGBT issues, and senior scholars interested in expanding their research agenda to include LGBT-related issues are welcome to apply.

We anticipate funding five–seven projects with a suggested total budget for individual projects in the range of $1,000–$5,000. Funds can provide both salary support and costs associated with acquiring and analyzing new or existing data sources. Proposals that are part of larger research initiatives are also welcome. Applications must be received by April 15, 2013, via email or mail.

Nominations Needed for CLGBTC and Public Interest Awards

Nominations are open for the the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Outstanding Achievement Awards. The deadline is May 31, 2013. Learn more about it, how to make nominations, and learn about past recipients.

The 2013 Public Interest Award recipients have been announced. Click here to learn more about the awards and how to submit nominations. The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2013.