• “Up from Stupid: Educating and
Elevating American Children,” the Esther
Katz Rosen Lecture on Gifted Children
and Adolescents by Joshua Aronson,
PhD, of New York University. Aronson, a
research scientist at NYU’s Metropolitan
Center for Urban Education, is best
known for his research on stereotype
threat and minority-student achievement.
Aug. 2, 11–11: 50 a.m.
• “Giving Moral Voice to ‘Intelligence
Professionals of Conscience,’” the
Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture on the
Psychological Study of Social Issues
by Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, a social
psychologist and oral historian. Aug. 3,
noon–12: 50 p.m.
• “Sex Differences in Cognitive
Abilities: Sense and Nonsense,” the
Arthur W. Staats Lecture on Unifying
Psychology by Diane Halpern, PhD, of
Claremont McKenna College. Halpern is
a past APA president. Aug. 3, noon–12: 50
Lizette Peterson Homer
Memorial Research Grant:
APF/AAPA Okura Mental
Health Leadership Foundation
Fellowship: Oct. 1
Scott and Paul Pearsall
Scholarship: Oct. 1
For more information about
APF’s funding programs, visit
www.apa.org/apf or contact
APF Program Officer Samantha
Edington at sedington@apa.
org or (202) 336-5984.
Getting the lead out
Lead poisoning remains a significant problem
in the United States and has been associated
with IQ deficits, attention-deficit hyperactivity
disorder, learning disabilities, stunted growth,
and impaired vision and hearing.
Jody Nicholson, PhD, of the University of
North Florida, received a 2008 APF Elizabeth
Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship as a graduate
student. Her project, “Get the Lead Out,” targeted
low-income families with children who had
moderate levels of exposure and did not qualify for federal assistance.
She evaluated the most cost-effective method for reducing the amount
of lead dust in children’s homes by using four groups:
• A baseline group that received Environmental Protection
Agency pamphlets on risk factors related to lead exposure and
steps to reduce lead in the home.
• A second group that received a professional home inspection
for lead and was informed of the risks and steps that could alleviate
or eliminate these risks.
• A third group that was given a cleaning kit and instructions on
how to use it to reduce lead in the home.
• A fourth group that tested the interaction of the professional
home inspection and the cleaning kit.
Nicholson found that study participants in all four groups
significantly decreased the blood-lead levels in their children.
Now Nicholson is working on a follow-up study, in which she
hopes to find an effective way to educate parents on lead risk and
prevention tactics. Her research was presented at the seventh
annual St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium. Nicholson
was also invited as a guest on a 2008 PBS roundtable discussion in
Indiana on lead exposure.
“As a junior researcher, I knew my study was empirically and
theoretically sound, but getting this affirmation of its utility from
an outside, prestigious agency helped me fully recognize how I
could base my career on this research program,” says Nicholson.
“In essence, APF was investing in me, and I needed to be sure they
saw a return on their investment. The combination of this validation
and responsibility continues to fuel my research.”