Visionary Grants

Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs.


Sponsor: APF


The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being.
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony.
  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world.
  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster. 

One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

Support research in psychology: Donate to this fund.


Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral).
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

APF will not consider the following requests for grants to support:

  • Political or lobbying purposes.
  • Entertainment or fundraising expenses.
  • Anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual.
  • Localized direct service.
  • Conference/workshop expenses.

IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

How to Apply
Past Recipients
  • Ana Julia Bridges, PhD, University of Arkansas
    "Group Treatment with Incarcerated Female Sexual Assault Victims: Is Exposure Critical to Successful Outcomes?"

  • Frances Chen, PhD, University of British Columbia
    "The Scent of a Good Night's Sleep"

  • Stephen Chen, PhD, Wellesley College
    "Grandparent Caregiving Practices and Obesity in Chinese Immigrant Children"

  • Andrea Glenn, PhD, University of Alabama
    "Effects of a Positive Psychology Based Intervention on Brain Functioning in Adolescents at Risk for Violence"

  • Evan Kleiman, PhD, Harvard University
    "A pilot study of a smartphone-based intervention for suicidal inpatients"

  • Natasha Schvey, PhD, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
    "Stigma, Health, and Psychosocial Functioning among Transgender Actice Duty Service Members"

  • Lindsay Sheehan, PhD, Illiniois Institute of Technology
    "Developing a Strategic Disclosure Program for Suicide Attempt Survivors"

  • Anna Van Meter, PhD, Yeshiva University
    "Harnessing the Circadian Rhythm: Identification and Intervention Prior to the Onset of Mood Disorder"

  • Joel Wong, PhD, Indiana University
    "A Sexual Assault Preventative Intervention for Male College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial Based on the Self-Persuasion Paradigm"

  • Sachiko Donley, University of California, Irvine 
    "You're Stressing Me Out: Adolescent Stress Response to Evaluation from Same-Aged Peers and its Effect of Risky Decision-Making"

  • Jessica Lambert, PhD, California State University, Stanislaus, and Alyssa Banford, Alliant International University
    "Toward understanding the needs of widowed women after mass trauma: War and disaster in Sri Lanka"

  • Rebecca Mohr, Columbia University
    "An Exploration of the Behavioral and Physiological Consequences of Intersectional Invisibility Discrimination"

  • Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD, University of Western Ontario
    "Uncovering Neural Signatures of Fall Risk in Older Adults"

  • Cynthia Najdowski, PhD, University of Albany
    "Effects of Race and Socioeconomics Status on Medical Misdiagnosis of Child Abuse"

  • Ryan Shorey, PhD, Ohio University
    "Examining the Efficacy of Three Interventions for Sexual Assault: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial"

  • Erin Tully, PhD, Georgia State University
    "The Neurobiology of Sharing Others' Happiness: A Clue to Understanding Children's Aggression?"

  • Jay Van Bavel, PhD, New York University
    "The Role of Distance and Speed Perception in Police Shooting Decisions: From Exploration to Intervention"

  • Monnica Williams, PhD, University of Louisville
    "Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony"

  • Dara Babinski, PhD, Penn State
    "A novel social skills intervention for adolescent girls with ADHD"

  • Naama de la Fontaine, PhD, Yale
    "Police Response to Children Expose to Violence: The Impact of Specialized Training on The Current State of Practice" 

  • Arpana Gupta, PhD, UCLA 
    "Mind Altering Microorganisms: Sex and Race Difference in the Influence of Gut Microbiota on Brain Structures in Obese Healthy Control Subjects" 

  • Ryan Hill, Florida International University
    "Pilot Trial of a Web-Based Program to Reduce Perceived Burdensomeness in Adolescents

  • Anne Krendl, PhD, Indiana University
    "The current proposal uses a neuroscience approach to identify how stigmas about mental illness affect attitudes towards mental health treatment, and how they can be reduced." 

  • Casey LaDuke, Drexel
    "A prospective incremental validity study in an incarcerated sample" 

  • Scott Ross, PhD, Utah State University
    "Stand for Courage: Preventing bullying and suicide in high schools using positive recognition of stand-up behavior" 

  • Laura Taylor, PhD, UNC Greensboro
    "Daily Stressors and Positive Development among Immigrant and Refugee Youth"

  • Nadav Antebi, Columbia University
    "From Minority Stress to Minority Growth: Stigmatized Identity and the Development of Positive Attributes and Growth in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Populations" 

  • Laura Kati Corlew, PhD, East-West Center
    "Relating the Psychological Recovery from Recent Disasters to Climate Change Risk Perception and Preparedness in Hawai'i and American Samoa" 

  • Farrah Jacquez, PhD, University of Cincinnati
    "Physical and Mental Aspects of Stress and Resilience in Vulnerable Youth" 

  • Bernhard Leidner, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    "From the Laboratory to Field-Experimental Interventions: Understanding and Improving the Justice Discourse in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution" 

  • Timothy Nelson, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    To understand the relationship between sleep and psychopathology in youth with significant mental health problems 

  • Kymberlee O'Brien, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    "Transmission of Discrimination-Related Stress Reactivity and Reduction from Mother to Infant" 

  • Jodi Quas, PhD, University of California, Irvine
    "Empathy and Altruism: Missing Pieces in the Peace Building Process" 

  • E. Scott Geller, PhD, Virginia Tech University 

  • Tamara L. Newton, PhD, University of Louisville 

  • David Vogel, PhD, Iowa State University 

  • Rezarta Bilali, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Boston

  • Thao N. Le, PhD, Colorado State University 

  • Johanna Ray Vollhardt, PhD, Clark University 

  • Lisa Kiang, PhD, Wake Forest University 

  • E. Mark Cummings, PhD, University of Notre Dame 

  • Rachel Barr, PhD, Georgetown University

  • Sarah Enos Watamura, PhD, University of Denver

  • Alisha Ali, PhD, New York University

  • Judith E. Carroll, University of Pittsburgh 

  • Lenny R. Vartanian, PhD, Syracuse University 

  • Shari Elizabeth Miles-Cohen, PhD, Women's Programs Office, American Psychological Association 

  • Michelle Billies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York 

  • Joni T. Howard, Washington State University

  • Population Media Center 

  • S. D. Shantinath, PhD, Woman to Woman International 

  • Melissa I. Gebbia, PhD, Molloy College

  • Beatrice Beebe, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute 

  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, LP, National Multicultural Conference and Summit 

  • Douglas C. Kimmel, PhD, AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education

  • Laurie Young, PhD, Older Women's League

  • Population and Development International 

  • Advanced Research and Training Seminars (ARTS)

  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association 

  • Sam Walton, We Care Media Arts, Inc.