February 2009

President's Section:
History of Scientific Psychology

by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President
My columns thus far have been about historical events within psychological science. This month, however, I would like say something about those who discover and record this history for you. You may not realize it but there are many closet psychological historians among you. Some are trained specifically for this area while many others were not but picked up an interest along the way. We call ourselves Psychologist-Historians because that is indeed what we are. Many think that historical psychological research never changes but that is incorrect. We are constantly learning and exploring the history of psychological science in new ways and new forms. In this vein over the last few years some fellows from the York University’s History and Theory of Psychology program began a blog to keep the field informed of some of these wondrous discoveries. The Advances in the History of Psychology blog hit 400 posts this January and has been named the best historical psychology blog on the web. Check out some of the interesting posts like Common Errors in History of Psychology Textbooks, The History and Future of Bell-curve thinking, “The Psychologistâ€� on Scientific Myths, and the Female Forensic Committal in Ireland, 1910–1948.

2009/2010 President Announced
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President

As per the APS Student Caucus Bylaws, the election for the 2009/2010 Presidential election has been conducted among the members of the current Executive Board. Members are required to nominate themselves for the position and provide a candidate statement to the board. The board then votes by blind balloting to elect the new president. This year’s winner was determined on January 16th, 2009.

The APSSC Executive Board would like to officially announce the 2009/2010 President:

Jeremy Ashton Houska

Jeremy is a 4th year doctoral student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the current Communications and Marketing Officer. Jeremy will begin his presidential term in May at the annual conference in San Francisco. We have no doubts that Jeremy will lead the Caucus into an exciting new year. Congratulations Jeremy! To learn more about the incoming president you can visit our bios page on the APSSC website.

APSSC Offers Travel Assistance For Convention
by Amy Crook, Membership & Volunteers Officer

The APSSC Travel Assistance program is intended to defray travel costs for current APS Student Affiliates who are presenting research at the Annual Convention. Recipients are provided with a cash award (the number available and the amount of which varies each year).

Travel assistance is only offered to students who are presenting research. Also, the degree of financial hardship associated with attending the conference is taken into account. International students will receive special consideration.

Recipients will be required to volunteer for approximately six hours at Convention. We are looking for friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic people to assist APS staff at the registration desk, help manage the student exhibit booth, and direct patrons at the Cyber Cafe.

For more information on the Travel Assistance Program please click here.

Funding opportunities and deadlines for February & March
by Lisa E. Hasel, APSSC Past-President

Do you qualify for any of these awards? If you do, now is the time to act because the deadlines are fast approaching!

February 15th

February 23rd

February 27th

March 1st

March 2nd

March 10th

March 12th

March 20th

For more information about these opportunities and more, check out the APSSC's Online Funding Database!

This Month in the Student Notebook:
Health Psychologists Can Lead the Way for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Integrated Primary Care
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor

Susan L. Decker of Northcentral University discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the integration of health psychology into primary care systems. This development has spurred the need for trained researchers capable of conducting outcome evaluations, and making recommendations for evidence-based treatment and disease management. Decker discusses the many ways that psychologists can help bridge the research/practice gap.

Helpful Hint for February:
Get To Know Our History
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer

In light of the nomination process for next year’s APSSC Executive Board, I will paraphrase the musings of R.G. Collingwood, a British historian. To Collingwood, the utility of history is knowing what has been accomplished and who we are.

A reliable way to find out what the APSSC has achieved over the years is to take a look at the annual reports from our past Caucus Presidents. Our current President, Kelli Vaughn-Blount, has continued the annual tradition of articulating the State of the Caucus in the January issue of the Observer. Our history, in the eyes of former Caucus Presidents, (Lisa Hasel, Andrew Butler, Jennifer Thorpe, H’Sien Hayward, and Seema Assefi) is also available online.

If you aspire to serve psychological science and your colleagues as part of the APSSC Board, get to know the history of APS, and that of the APSSC. That is the only way to know who we are, and where we shall go in the future.