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about 38 percent of children and adolescents coming into the
clinic have thought about suicide, she says.
Talk it up
A native of Costa Rica, Adriana Weisleder of Stanford
University is looking at how the amount of time Spanish-speaking parents talk to their children affects the children’s
language development. Through recording Latino families
during a typical day in their homes, she’s found that some
children spend a lot of time in child-centered interactions
with adults, hearing about 1,700 words per hour, while other
children hear only 200 words per hour, says Weisleder.
Her data indicate that children in richer language
environments have better vocabularies, a finding that’s
consistent with previous studies. Weisleder’s also found that
these children are also better at language processing, including
being able to recognize nouns in real-time speech.
“It’s the experience of language that makes you better at
processing language,” she says. “We think that’s really key,
because when kids enter school, there is a lot of information to
keep track of.” n
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More big winners
APF also presented three $10,000 Elizabeth
Munsterberg Koppitz fund runners-up grants to:
• Kalsea Koss, of the University of Notre
Dame, who is studying how adolescents cope
with stress and regulate their emotions amid
• Nicholas Mian, of the University of
Massachusetts, Boston, who is testing an
intervention for parents of preschool children
who are at high-risk for developing anxiety
• Adena Schachner, of Harvard University,
who is exploring the role of synchronized
movement in children’s social development,
looking at whether synchrony promotes pro-social behavior and cooperation.
APF Grants and opportunities
The power of your gift
Through the American Psychological Foundation,
compassionate individuals have funded research, scholarships
and projects that have made real contributions in areas such
as domestic violence, post-trauma recovery, prejudice and
stigma, stress reduction, parenting and aging minds, as well as
chronic diseases such as diabetes. APF’s donors have brought
about change in the field of psychology and are bettering
society through their generosity. Over the last decade, APF
donors have provided approximately
$5.9 million in funding to students
and psychologists, including to Huaiyu
Zhang, of Emory University, who won
the 2011 APF Randy Gerson Memorial.
“I was thrilled to receive the Randy
Gerson Memorial Grant from the
American Psychological Foundation.
I wish I could personally thank each
person responsible for making the grant
The grant has directly impacted my
research and career. Receiving the grant has allowed me to realize
my dream of blending an Eastern philosophy with a Western
empirical approach to study alternative treatments for maternal
stress. I have been able to hire research assistants, recruit
participants and carry out the study’s logistics.
The study’s results will address important empirical questions
about the outcomes of a well-supported meditation practice and
the treatment mechanisms involved in the training.
I believe that the grant will build my research credentials
and enable my pursuit of a researcher’s position in academic
settings.” —Huaiyu Zhang
A better society
Two psychologists are promoting psychology’s future by
remembering APF in their wills.
Former APA President and current APF trustee Ronald F.
Levant, EdD, of the University of Akron, has made a bequest
to fund grants for early career psychologists who work in an
area of critical social need through an innovative research,
education or intervention project or program. The Ronald F.
Levant Early Career Grant will support the research of one
early career psychologist every year for five years.
“I have been blessed throughout my career by the