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APS is a strong, effective voice for psychological scientists, providing intellectual leadership, fostering connections across scientific and geographic boundaries and shaping understanding of our science for policymakers and the public.

Your tax deductible donation to the APS Campaign for Advancing Psychological Science (CAPS), supports the mission of APS to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.



Varda Shoham Clinical Science Scholarship Fund

Varda Shoham was a force in the world of clinical psychological science. She served as President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, an organization of the 50 leading science-oriented doctoral programs and internships in clinical psychology in the US and Canada. And as the Academy’s President, she hosted meetings — including some at her kitchen table — to develop a new accreditation system for the training of clinical scientists that, while still in its infancy, has already gained recognition from national bodies and attracted many of the best research-based clinical psychology programs. A monograph co-authored by Varda for the APS Journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest laid out the rationale and design for the new system. It immediately became the focus of national press stories and columns in the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, LA Times, Nature, Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. The monograph has since become one of the most cited in the history of that journal.

Varda also made major research contributions to the science of clinical psychology, whether in her role as a longtime National Institute of Drug Abuse-supported investigator, including as a part of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network, or her longtime interest and research on couple and family approaches to health and behavior change conducted with her close collaborator and husband, Michael Rohrbaugh.

In the past few years, Varda became a policy leader at the National Institute of Mental Health, working on broad issues of behavior change and making behavioral intervention development for mental disorders more precise by incorporating concepts like target engagement, target validation, and mechanisms of action.

Varda was a member of the APS Board of Directors at the time she passed away, leaving APS and the entire psychological science community without one of its leading voices. Varda’s husband and family have established the Varda Shoham Clinical Science Scholarship Fund in her memory.


W.K. & K.W. Estes Fund

William K. Estes (June 17, 1919 – August 17, 2011) had an enormous influence on psychological science, from his pioneering work in mathematical psychology to his collaborations with colleagues to his mentoring of students, many of whom are now leaders in the fields of learning and memory. He was recognized for his lifetime of donations with our Nation’s highest scientific honor, The National Medal of Science. The APS Observer featured remembrances written by leading researchers and close friends of Bill. This special collection is a celebration of his life and achievements.

Bill also had a special role in APS’s history and success as Founding Editor of our flagship journal Psychological Science. During those years, his wife, Katherine W. (Kay) Estes, served as Founding Managing Editor. In addition, Bill acted as the Founding Editor of Psych Sci and helped found the Psychonomic Society. The W.K. & K.W. Estes Fund is a joint project with APS and the Psychonomic Society to celebrate Bill and Kay’s tremendous contributions to psychological science.


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