particularly passionate about improving
collaboration across professions to
help ensure people with IDD and their
families get effective interventions. She
is also interested in how cultural factors
influence understanding and treatment
of those with autism spectrum disorders.
• Stephanie Brunner, a second-year
Serving others with a gift to APF
doctoral student in the school psychology
program at the University of Minnesota.
Brunner is interested in studying
school readiness, particularly social-
emotional development, among children
from economically disadvantaged
backgrounds. For her thesis, which she
presented at APA’s convention, Brunner
examined how early learning experiences
mediate the sociodemographic risk
factors for poor social-emotional
outcomes at school entry.
As valedictorian of her high school class,
Annette Urso Rickel, PhD, focused her
on promoting a
life of service — a
desire that first led
her to psychology.
her PhD from
her postdoc at
Columbia University, Rickel became
a university professor, researching
and conducting preventive clinical
interventions with high-risk populations.
Her career then expanded into the
realm of public policy. She served as a
senior congressional fellow and member
of the public policy staff of U.S. Sen.
Donald W. Riegle Jr. (D-Michigan), was
appointed to President Clinton’s Task
Force for National Health Care Reform,
and worked as education programs
officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Through all her endeavors, Rickel
has valued engagement in charitable
work. She established her own
foundation to award scholarships
to students majoring in math and
science, and contributes to numerous
organizations, including APF.
Her latest gift of $10,000 to APF’s
Campaign to Transform the Future
renews her 2008 commitment to the
foundation, which established the
Annette U. Rickel Dissertation Award
for Public Policy. The award supports
dissertation research on public policy,
which has the potential to improve
services for children and families facing
“Helping young people realize their
potential is something all psychologists
should strive for,” Rickel says. “Not only
is it rewarding to give, it is rewarding to
see what these young psychologists can
go on to achieve.” n
Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Research Grant: Oct. 1
APF/AAPA Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship:
Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship: Oct. 1
Roy Scrivner Memorial Grant: Nov. 1
Theodore Blau Early Career Award: Nov. 1
Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology: Nov. 1
Annette Urso Rickel Scholarship: Nov. 1
Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships: Nov. 15
Gold Medal Awards for Life Achievement: Dec. 1
Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award:
Pearson Early Career Grant: Dec. 31
For more information about APF’s funding programs, visit www.
apa.org/apf or contact APF Program Officer Samantha Edington at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 336-5984.
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