Psychological Science Agenda
A publication of the Science Directorate
June 2018 |Vol. 32, No. 6
- Congratulations to the 2018 APA Student Travel Award winners
Almost 100 students receive awards to help with travel to the 2018 APA convention in San Francisco.
- Taking stock of science on the third anniversary of "Innovation: An American Imperative"
Progress report identifies successes and challenges for U.S. science infrastructure.
- House and Senate Appropriations Committees approve the National Science Foundation (NSF) funding bills for FY19
Bills provide funding boosts for NSF research.
- Diminishing Returns: Making the case for nicotine reduction to curb tobacco use
APA, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco offer scientific feedback on FDA proposal.
- House subcommittee forwards health, education funding bill for fiscal year 2019
Bill provides increases to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cuts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources Services Administration.
- Federal agencies take on opioid crisis
Inter-Agency Pain Task Force and the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative move forward.
- Science highlights at the 2018 APA Annual Convention
Programming of particular interest to psychological scientists and graduate students.
- In brief
Snapshots of some of the latest peer-reviewed research within psychology and related fields.
From the Science Student Council
- Call for nominations: Open Science and Methodology Chair for APA journals
New position will advise on open science policies and procedures. Deadline is July 30.
- Research!America announces call for bipartisan candidate engagement proposals
New initiative seeks to connect scientists with candidates leading up to 2018 midterm elections.
Science Highlights from the June Monitor
- 5 questions for Diana Tamir
The Princeton psychologist is exploring how we make sense of other people — work that has implications for understanding our social media habits and our empathy toward others.
- Mission to Mars
What psychosocial challenges would astronauts face on an epic journey to the red planet?
- Good timing
Psychologists’ research highlights how timing can affect memory, attention, mood and more.
- The consequences of stress during pregnancy
At this UCLA lab, researchers explore the ways stress and social support influence the health of mothers and their babies, before and after birth.
- The cultural distinctions in whether, when and how people engage in suicidal behavior
Psychologists are exploring the risks and protective factors of different groups to inform more culturally attuned prevention and treatment.
- Help for refugees who need mental health care
A new database, developed with support from APA divisions, connects psychologists with organizations that serve refugees.
- Crunching the numbers behind college sports
Tom Paskus leverages his quantitative expertise to shape policy for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.