strong in 2015
APF surpassed $5
million in donations
for its Campaign to
Transform the Future
fund in early 2015.
around the world
helped ensure that
funding is available
to students and early
for generations to
With APF grant, Johnson studies driving
behaviors of adolescents with ASD
Teens are at the highest risk for motor vehicle
collisions compared with other age groups,
and those with autism
spectrum disorders (ASD)
may be at even higher risk.
Haley Johnson, a doctoral
student in the Lifespan
Program at the University
of Alabama at Birmingham,
received the $5,000 Lizette
Research Grant in 2014 to
study a simulated driving performance and hazard
perception of teen drivers with ASD.
Johnson will investigate whether social, motor
and processing-speed impairments impact driving
performance. Social skills used while driving
include communicating with other drivers and
interpreting the body language of cyclists and
pedestrians. Because social communication is
impaired in individuals with ASD, encountering
situations involving a visible human element
Committed to creating
more opportunities with APF
As a longtime supporter, former board member, and
friend of the APF, E. Belvin Williams, PhD, renewed
his commitment to APF’s Kenneth B. and Mamie
P. Clark Fund with a $10,000 pledge through the
Campaign to Transform the Future.
Intrigued by conversations his mother and uncle had
about people and their motives, Williams developed an
interest in psychology at an early age. With the strong
support of his family, Williams majored in psychology at
the University of Denver and then went on to Columbia
University for his doctorate in clinical psychology.
He spent many years in academia, reaching what he calls a “defining
moment” when he joined the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as vice-president of operations and was thrust into a controversy about test bias
in the SAT and its potential impact on how African-American and other
minority students performed on the test. Williams and his ETS colleagues
created review groups to examine ethnically sensitive test items, as well as
the subjective perspectives of reviewers.
While on the APF Board of Trustees, Williams helped establish the
Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund. Admiring the Clarks’ “work,
courage and stamina” on the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v.
Board of Education of Topeka, Williams and his colleagues felt the fund
would be an appropriate commemoration of segregation’s harmful
effects and the continuing poor conditions in schools attended by
many African-American students. The Clark Fund provides $10,000
grants in support of research and demonstration activities that promote
understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic
achievement, with an emphasis on children in grades K– 8.
Williams says he hopes that, through his gift and others, the fund will
continue “to have numerous projects spawned and funded,” leading to
“solid research results that could be shared and distributed to schools
and communities both here and abroad.”
When asked what he would say to others thinking about making a
gift to APF, Williams responds: “I would say, ‘Do it!’ It is easy to start an
activity of giving in the interest of furthering a humanitarian cause.”
For more information about the Clark Fund, visit www.apa.org/apf
or call (202) 336-5843.