Supporting students

APF invests in the graduate students who will become the next generation of psychologists.

In 2012, APF invested close to half of its total grantmaking in the graduate students who will become the next generation of psychologists. Their quest to improve society through psychology is inspiring. 

Teaching tolerance

Hannah Weisman, the recipient of APF’s Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, is working to prevent stigma associated with mental illness by introducing mental health awareness in a middle-school-based intervention program, “Mental Health Matters”.  

“I can’t thank you enough for awarding me a scholarship to fund my research… Thank you so much for your support!” — Hannah Weisman
Helping couples

Christine Paprocki, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of North Carolina, received the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant to fund her dissertation on understanding maladaptive communication patterns in couples. 

Keeping kids safe

Elizabeth O’Neal, of the University of Iowa, received the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant to support her doctoral research project on unintentional childhood injuries in low-income families. 

Understanding psychological aspects of Parkinson’s disease

Jenna Dietz, of the University of Florida, is examining emotional changes associated with Parkinson’s disease with her Benton-Meier Scholarship.

Helping children reach their potential

Carlton Fong, a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, received a $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship to improve achievement and resilience in adolescents in order to help underachieving gifted and talented youth perform to the best of their ability and realize their full potential.

Unlocking the secrets of the aging brain

Tamar Gefen, a neuropsychology student at Northwestern University, also received a Benton-Meier Scholarship and is studying cognitive changes in aging to develop therapies for age-related degenerative illness.

“I am so grateful for your generosity that will help fund my education in clinical neuropsychology and the exciting and potentially fruitful research.” — Tamar Gefen