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Each year, Division 15 provides up to $20,000 in grants and awards. We encourage all members to review upcoming opportunities, and to apply for opportunities to receive recognition for outstanding scholarship.

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Important News

Early Career & Dissertation Award Deadlines Approaching

We’d like to notify you of two exciting Division 15 award opportunities with deadlines in the next month:

The Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award

Nominate or Apply By December 31, 2015

The Paul R. Pintrich Division 15 Dissertation Award is given to an individual who finishes his/her doctoral dissertation within the previous two calendar years from when the award will be announced. The dissertation must be in the area of educational psychology, broadly defined, and the proposed recipient must be a member or affiliate of the Division at the time of the award consideration. The award consists of a plaque, a check for $500, and a program time slot for an invited address at the annual meeting. The recipient gives his/her address and receives the plaque and check at the APA conference in the year following the announcement, thus allowing a full year for the preparation of the invited address.

The award’s call and past recipients may be found here. Should you have questions, please contact Co-Chairs April Taylor (ataylor@csun.edu) and David Wakefield (david.wakefield@csun.edu).

The Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions

Nominate or Apply By January 8, 2016

The Richard E. Snow Award is given to an individual who has made what the committee judges consider to be a significant career contribution and completed his/her doctoral dissertation within the previous 10 calendar years. Specifically, a viable candidate would be no more than 10 calendar years past the date of completing his/her doctoral dissertation at the time of receiving the award. All nominees must fulfill this criterion to be considered, and also must be a member or affiliate of the Division at the time of the award consideration.

The award’s call and past recipients may be found here. Should you have questions, please contact Andrew Elliot, Chair (andye@psych.rochester.edu).

New Interim CEO of APA Named – Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP

Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP, has been named APA’s interim chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, the APA Board of Directors announced today. She will succeed Norman B. Anderson, PhD, who is retiring at year-end.

Dr. Belar has a wealth of knowledge about APA, garnered from her experience as a member of APA governance, a division leader and, most recently, having served as APA’s executive director for education from 2000 until her retirement in 2014.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Belar during this interim period” said incoming President Susan McDaniel, PhD.  “She is highly respected in the psychology community as an individual with integrity who will be able to provide both the leadership and the stability that APA needs at this time. We are fortunate to have someone of her stature and depth of experience to serve until a permanent CEO is hired.”

Before joining APA, Dr. Belar was engaged in teaching, research and practice for 25 years, most of which were spent at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her research at that time was on psychophysiology and pain, followed by clinical studies in reproductive endocrinology.  Dr Belar founded one of the first formal tracks in medical psychology at the University of Florida clinical psychology program. She is also one of the founders of Div. 38 (Health).

From 1984-1990, Dr Belar served as chief psychologist and clinical director of behavioral medicine for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles. There, she developed a number of integrated health care programs for both primary and specialty care. She has chaired three national conferences on education and training in psychology, covering topics such as internship, postdoctoral training and the scientist-practitioner model. She also has chaired the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Belar will come out of retirement to take the helm of APA. The interim CEO position is expected to last for six to 12 months, depending on the length of the search process for the next CEO.

APA Seeks Applications for Congressional and Executive Branch Science Fellowships

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. There are special designations for midcareer/senior professionals and experts in health and behavior issues, and APF supports a specialized Congressional Fellowship for developmental and clinical psychologists with experience working with children.

Executive Branch Science Fellows work as a special assistant in a federal agency on topics ranging from science policy to research administration.  Past placements have included the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

For more information on the Congressional Fellowship, contact Micah Haskell-Hoehl at mhaskell-hoehl@apa.org or 202.336.5935; for questions about the Executive Branch Science Fellowship, contact Heather Kelly, PhD, at hkelly@apa.org or 202.336.5932.

Applications must be complete by Jan. 8, 2016.

Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

On October 13, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the FY 2016 – FY 2019 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program grant cycle. Although the actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2016 federal budget, approximately $7,500,000 is expected to be available annually to fund approximately 21 awardees. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $350,000 per year, and the due date for applications is December 16, 2015.

Eligible applicants include, “APA-accredited doctoral schools and programs of health service psychology, APA-accredited doctoral internships in professional psychology, and APA-accredited post-doctoral residency programs in practice psychology.” Funding priority will be given to programs focused on serving the needs of vulnerable groups such as older adults and children, individuals with mental health or substance-related disorders, victims of abuse or trauma and of combat stress disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, homeless individuals, chronically ill persons, and their families. 

Technical Assistance Call

HRSA has scheduled one technical assistance call to help applicants understand, prepare, and submit a grant application for the program.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Call-in Number: 888-989-4394
Participant passcode: 6762664
Adobe Connect Link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/fy16_gpe/

For replay information:
Phone (toll free): 866-351-5761
Toll: 203-369-0063

(The recording will be available until January 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm (ET))

Program Contact

All other questions should be directed to HRSA’s GPE Program Contact, Cynthia Harne:

Phone: 301-443-7661

Email: charne@hrsa.gov