How many suicides in North America
and Europe were associated with the
Great Recession, estimates a report in
the June issue of the British Journal of
Psychiatry. The study compared suicide rates before the recession in 2007
with those between 2008 and 2010.
Number of reported forcible sex
crimes on college campuses in 2011
— a 52 percent increase from 2001,
according to a report released by the
U.S. Department of Education in June.
College crimes as a whole, however,
decreased over the decade.
How much it costs to support
someone with an autism spectrum
disorder over his or her life, mostly
due to special education and lost
productivity for parents, estimates a
June study online in JAMA Pediatrics.
How many American children are
physically, sexually or emotionally
abused or neglected by the time they
reach age 18, according to a study in
the June issue of JAMA Pediatrics.
One in five black children and one in
seven Native American children are
By the numbers National Science Board welcomes psychologist James S. Jackson
James S. Jackson, PhD, leads the Institute for Social
Research at the University of Michigan, but since
August, he has an additional job as a new member
and the only psychologist on the current National
The board oversees the National Science
Foundation and advises the president and
Congress on science policy. Members are
appointed by the president.
Although Jackson will be the only psychologist on the board, he is joined
by other members of the social sciences.
Jackson began his six-year term in August, joining 24 other members.
His goal for his term is to make sure each area of science is treated equitably.
“It’s a great opportunity, not only for me but also for behavioral and
social sciences,” Jackson says. Specifically, he looks forward to bringing a
psychological and social science perspective to the board’s deliberations.
He also hopes his background in research on the influence of ethnicity
on mental health will contribute to the discussions. And he looks forward to
connecting with the other board members of different scientific backgrounds.
“One never knows where the next important scientific breakthrough is
going to come from and how that will be of assistance to the future of the
country,” Jackson says.
— HEATHER MONGILIO
Spend a year working
for the federal government
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. APA offers specialized Congressional
Fellowships for midcareer/senior professionals, experts in health and
behavior issues, and developmental and clinical psychologists with
experience working with children.
Executive Branch Science Fellows gain crucial experience in science
policy and research coordination and funding working in a federal science
agency. Both programs offer a yearlong stipend and funds to support
relocation, travel and the purchase of health insurance.
For more information, visit www.apa.org/about/gr/fellows or call the
Public Interest Government Relations Office at (202) 336-5935 or the
Science Government Relations office at (202) 336-5932.
Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 9.