Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology
Award: Dec. 1
Gold Medal Awards: Dec. 1
Pearson Early Career Grant: Dec. 31
Division 29 Early Career Award: Jan. 1
Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award: Jan. 31
Randy Gerson Memorial Grant: Feb. 1
Frances Culbertson Travel Grant: Feb. 15
Henry David Research and Travel Grants: Feb. 15
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• Preventing violence.
• Helping in the aftermath of disaster.
• Reducing stigma and prejudice.
EBSCO’s donation will enable talented
psychologists to carry out groundbreaking work in
these areas. “We are delighted to be able to support
the APF in their efforts to support innovative research
and programs,” says Tim Robbins, EBSCO president.
This donation, given in recognition of the APA
Publications and Databases Program, is a wonderful
example of the relationship EBSCO, APA and now
APF have, says Gary VandenBos, APA’s executive
director of the Office on APA’s Publications and
Databases. “EBSCO is a major business partner
of APA, and they have been supportive of APA in
many ways over the years. They are also a strong
supporter of activities in their local communities,
and their donation to APF in recognition of the APA
publishing program is a natural extension of their
support of those around them.” n
Better understanding stigma and social-evaluative threat in bipolar disorder
How do we help people with mental illness overcome stigma
and other social stressors? With a $5,000 Violet and Cyril
Franks Scholarship from APF in 2010, Luma Muhtadie
examined the influence of stigma and social-evaluative
stress on mental and physiological responses of people with
bipolar I disorder.
Stigmatization — whether perceived from the outside
or internalized — can make people with mental illness feel
threatened when they believe that important aspects of
their self-identity, such as intelligence, may be negatively
evaluated by others. Muhtadie’s research examined how this
threat response to social-evaluative stress can manifest in
cognitive, emotional and even physiological ways.
Muhtadie’s research identified two major effects of
These findings suggest that researchers, clinicians and
social-evaluative stress: increases in negative emotion
and a pattern of maladaptive cardiovascular responses,
She also found that individuals with bipolar disorder
showed greater increases in anxiety and frustration/irritation
in response to socially meaningful stressors.
policymakers should pay more attention to the harmful
effects of the stigma associated with mental illness.
Muhtadie says that the Violet and Cyril Franks
Scholarship not only facilitated her work, but has had
a profound impact on her career. “Being awarded the
grant gave me a boost of confidence as well as a sense of
accountability to complete the project and to do so well,”
She is continuing to pursue her research at the University
of California, Berkeley.