Foundation News

APF announces recipients of Peterson-Homer, Levinson, and Jeffrey awards.

Major Gift from the Rouths Coincides with Fund Name Change Honoring Peterson-Homer

Dr. Donald and Mrs. Marion Routh recently pledged $10,000 to APF’s Campaign for a New Era, thus joining the Foundation’s Bronze Society. The Rouths have supported the Foundation for many years, and, in 1999, they established a fund to support two annual awards totaling $1,000, for psychosocial research in pediatric psychology, with particular focus on injuries to children and young adults through accidents, violence, and abuse. Recipients are recommended by APA Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology).

The Rebecca Routh Coon Injury Research Fund memorialized the Routh’s daughter, who died in an automobile accident in 1988. In August, the Foundation’s board of trustees approved a request from Dr. Routh to change the name of the fund to the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research Fund.

Dr. Peterson-Homer, Curators Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri and leader in the field of child clinical psychology, died this year at the age of 51. She had recently received a six-year appointment as editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, which would have started in 2003. Her research centered on the prevention of child and toddler injuries. In one of her projects, she worked with parents in the Columbia area, providing weekly therapy sessions and home visits to prevent abuse in families with risk factors such as poverty or anger toward the children.

“Lizette was one of the most outstanding scientists that pediatric psychology ever produced, and some of her interests were precisely in this area of injury prevention research that lead us to honor our daughter in establishing the fund,” notes Dr. Routh. The Rouths hope that, in honoring this influential and well-respected pediatric psychologist, the fund’s endowment will increase and enable it better to support and spur research on injury and prevention among the young.

Individuals who are interested in building the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research Fund should send earmarked contributions to the APF address.

Quick Honored as 2002 Outstanding Consulting Psychologist

James Campbell Quick, PhD, was recently selected as the 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award recipient. This Foundation Award recognizes an outstanding consulting psychologist who has demonstrated exceptional ability to convert psychological theory and concepts into applications through which leaders and managers can create more effective, healthy, and humane organizations in the community.

An American Psychological Association (APA) Division 13 (The Society of Consulting Psychology) committee selected Dr. Quick for his active leadership role within the field of consulting psychology. Currently a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Texas at Arlington and president of the Board of Directors of the Fourth Street Parent and Child Learning Center, Dr. Quick has been internationally recognized in conjunction with his brother Jonathan for their influential and groundbreaking theory of preventive stress management. In 1990 he was chosen to represent APA, as an expert on stress, to the National Academy of Sciences. He has recently been developing original consulting concepts and interventions aimed at executive health by integrating doctoral-level theoretical and scientific research in organizational behavior management and organizational development and change, with post-doctoral training for psychic trauma and combat stress.

Dr. Quick is credited with the publication of over 22 book chapters, 50 journal articles, 25 professional papers, and 24 conference proceedings. He has authored or co-authored 11 books, the most recent of which include the Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology (2003), The Financial Times Guide to Executive Health (2003), and Organizational Behavior, 4th Edition (2003). His career has been recognized with many awards, including the U.S. Air Force Legion of Merit, the Colgate University Maroon Citation, and an APA Presidential Citation. Dr. Quick is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, APA, the American Institute of Stress, and is president-elect of the Great Southwest Rotary. He is married to the former Sheri Grimes Schember. Dr. and Mrs. Quick are both Paul Harris Fellows.

Allan Selected as Outstanding Clinical Health Psychologist

Robert Allan, PhD, was selected recently as the recipient of the second annual APF Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award by an awards committee of American Psychological Association Division 38 (Health Psychology). Instituted in 2000, the award recognizes an outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology by a full-time provider of direct clinical services. The Foundation and division cosponsor the award, which memorializes the career and contributions of Timothy Jeffrey, PhD, a former president of Division 19 (Military Psychology) and director of the clinical psychology department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. His wife, Louise K. Jeffrey, PhD, established the fund with the Foundation to support a $2,000 annual award.

Dr. Allan is currently clinical assistant professor of psychology in medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, co-founder and director of the Coronary Risk Reduction Program, and professional associate at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. In addition, he acts as director of psychological services at the New York Hospital of Queens Cardiac Health Center. Dr. Allan’s practice specialty is the psychological treatment of cardiac patients and their families. He has contributed numerous book chapters and journal articles in the field and co-edited (with cardiologist Stephen Scheidt, MD) the book Heart & Mind: the Practice of Cardiac Psychology,” published by APA in 1996.

Dr. Allan earned his bachelor’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, and his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University. Following graduation, his first job included playing keyboards in a band at the famed Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York. He subsequently attended the Juilliard School, where he studied music. Before returning to work in the field of psychology, he spent 10 years performing popular music.

Allan established the first stress reduction support group program for cardiac patients in the New York metropolitan area in 1982, at the Nassau County chapter of the American Heart Association. He currently treats individual patients and leads stress reduction support groups at New York Presbyterian Hospital and its affiliated Cardiac Health Centers in Manhattan and Queens. Allan was site coordinator for the Determinants of Time of Myocardial Infarction study and is currently consultant to the Triggers of Ventricular Arrhythmia study at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Reminder - Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is requesting proposals for the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant. The Gerson Grant provides a $5,000 grant consistent with the goal of advancing the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible for grants through the fund. A strong preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the Bowen family systems theory. Priority will also be given to those applicants furthering the work of Dr. Gerson.

Eligibility: Individuals from a variety of educational settings are encouraged to apply. The 2003 award will go to a graduate student involved in graduate studies.

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2003.

For application procedures and additional information, contact the APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson at the APA address or by email.