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Apply Now: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Underrepresented Students!
Are you a scientist who wants to mentor a student this summer? Are you a student from an underrepresented group who wants to gain research experience before applying to graduate school?  APA is offering $4,000 to help students gain research experience with a scientist on a campus they choose, $1,000 for mentors, and $1,500 for students to present their work. Learn more. Don’t forget our dissertation awards —now offering $5,000–$10,000 in funding plus travel. 

APA Student Climate Survey: Share with Your Doctoral Students 
What is the training climate like for graduate students in psychology? What are the experiences of those from underrepresented or minoritized groups? APA and the Science Student Council have launched a survey to learn more about graduate student training experiences in psychological science. These data will help us address strengths and weaknesses that may affect pathways for a diverse workforce of scientists. Share this link with students and encourage them to participate. Access the APA Science Student Survey here.

National Academy of Sciences Report on International Perspectives in U.S. Psychology Journals 
APA provided financial support for a National Academy of Sciences workshop to examine cultural contexts and international collaborations in psychological science. The workshop proceedings feature insights from many psychologists, including APA President Frank C. Worrell, PhD. Read the report here.

EDI Special Issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 
How do we resolve racial and ethnic health disparities? APA’s JCCP dedicates a special issue to best practices in prevention and treatment for people in racial and ethnic minority groups. Read the issue here.  

Guidance for Students of Color: The Focus of the Next ‘Becoming a Psychological Scientist’ Webinar:  
APA is presenting a free 6-part webinar series on getting into grad school. The next event, Dec. 6, offers specific guidance for students of color. Psychological scientists and graduate students will discuss the application process, considerations for selecting a program, and advice for overcoming challenges and systemic barriers. Register now.


Science News


Highly Cited Researchers Named 
Clarivate has released the latest list of highly cited researchers, representing the top 1% of citations in the Web of Science. Check out which psychologists and social scientists appear among the 6,938 names. Explore the list here.

Monitor on Psychology: Psychological Science is Reshaping the Juvenile Justice System 
Developmental psychology research on adolescent behavior and decision-making is having an impact on jurisdictions nationwide to revise juvenile probation policies. Read more in the Monitor on Psychology.

Monitor on Psychology: Psychologists Diversify the Undergrad Curriculum and Make Classrooms More Inclusive 
To stay accurate and relevant, undergraduate psychology courses should delve deeply into human diversity. Read more in the Monitor on Psychology.

Speaking of Psychology podcast: Why Humans (and Other Primates) Care About Fairness 
Sarah Brosnan, PhD, of Georgia State University, talks about how non-human primates react to unfair situations—and how studying them can help us better understand the evolution of the human sense of justice. Listen here. 


Science and New Funding Opportunities 


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments on draft reports and supplemental evidence for systematic reviews. Share your expertise on these topics: 

NIH’s Office of Science Policy seeks to fund research on bioethical issues that inform future policy or augment bioethics research capacity. Applications are due Feb. 17. Learn more.  

The Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office seeks current and recent PhD students for summer fellowship program. Apply here by Jan. 20.  

The Department of Defense’s Epilepsy Research Program has released a pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for anticipated FY23 funding opportunities. Learn more. 

The National Science Foundation is piloting the Analytics for Equity Initiative to support social, economic, and behavioral sciences research that leverages federal data and scientific advances in researching equity-related topics for greater public benefit. Learn more. 


Did You Know?   


The American Psychological Foundation provides scholarships, dissertation funding, research support, travel grants, and fellowships to launch careers for graduate students dedicated to the discipline. Student support ranges from $300 for travel support to $25,000 for fellowships. See the full list here.


Scientist Spotlight: Five Fast Questions with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson 
The University of Pennsylvania social psychologist discusses love, social connectedness, and how to gather objective data in the context of people’s lives. Read the Q&A.


Psychological Scientists in the News


In October 2022, at least 4,832 news articles, with a potential reach of 7.5 billion people, mentioned APA, our publications, or APA experts referred by public affairs staff. Episodes of “Speaking of Psychology,” APA’s flagship podcast, were downloaded 529,881 times that month, an increase of 87% over October 2021. Meanwhile, our social media posts on press releases and APA in the news reached more than 853,000 readers, viewers, and listeners. 


In an article for Harvard Business Review, APA members Lauren Simon, PhD, and Marcus Butts, PhD, and colleagues describe a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology that explored how conflicts at home affect people’s energy, emotions, and behavior in the workplace—sometimes in surprising ways. 

Charles Spence, PhD, an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford who studies human perception, and Uma Naidoo, PhD, a professional chef and nutritional psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, explain the psychological science of comfort food—why your love for Thanksgiving turkey stems from the memories you associate with food in the New York Times.  


Social Media Spotlight 


Should you join Mastodon? Nature shares a scientist’s guide to Twitter’s rival. The open-source platform has added nearly half a million users in little more than a week—but should scientists make the leap? We examine the pros and cons. 



Action: Learn about psychology’s history of exclusion
One year ago, APA passed a trio of resolutions apologizing for its role and psychology’s contributions to racism and committing to use psychology to dismantle systemic racism and advance health equity. Part of that process involved an unvarnished look at psychology’s history of oppressive and exclusionary practices toward communities of color. Learn more by reading this historical chronology examining psychology’s contributions to the belief in racial hierarchy and the perpetuation of inequality for people of color in U.S. Learn more about APA’s EDI monthly actions.




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