Alumni Messenger


Government Grant Opportunities in Pain Management Research


Government Grant Opportunities in Pain Management Research
The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find Opportunities service:

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, and Management in Pain Research (R21)
Modification 1

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, and Management in Pain Research (R03)
Modification 1

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, and Management in Pain Research (R01)
Modification 1

Templeton Neuroscience Awards


Under the direction of Martin Seligman, and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Penn Positive Psychology Center has established the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards. We will award up to twenty, 2-year grants averaging $200,000 to talented young investigators pursuing neuroscientific research on topics including:
Virtue, strength, and positive emotion: What are the neural bases of the cognitive and affective capacities that enable virtues such as discipline, persistence, honesty, compassion, love, curiosity, social and practical intelligence, courage, creativity, and optimism?
Exceptional abilities: What is special about the brains of exceptional individuals and what can we learn from them?
Meaning and positive purpose: How does the brain enable individuals and groups to find meaning and achieve larger goals?
Decisions, values, and free will: How does the brain enable decisions based on values and how can decision-making be improved? What can neuroscience reveal about the nature of human freedom?
Religious belief, prayer, and meditation: How do religious and spiritual practices affect neural function and behavior?

We will be accepting applications for the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards until the September 30, 2009 deadline. The project website has more information, including the official Request for Applications.

John Freedom
Chair, ACEP Research Committee

Idealist Graduate School Fairs


Idealist Grad-School Fairs

If you, or anyone you know, is thinking of going to
grad-school next year for a degree with social impact,
there will be 17 fairs in North America this fall.
Registration is Free

At each fair, you can meet representatives from 50-200 graduate
programs in fields such as Nonprofit Management, Education, Social Work, Global Health, International Affairs, Law, Public Policy, Urban Planning, and many more.
Saybrook will be at the Washington, DC Fair
Monday, September 21, 2009
Washington Convention Center, Hall C, Washington, DC

and will also be in:
San Francisco
Los Angeles
New York

See Dates Below

Here is the Idealist Grad-Fair schedule for this fall (in parentheses you can see how many schools have already signed
up for each fair):

Sep 10 - New York, NY (200)
Sep 14 - Providence, RI (75)
Sep 15 - Boston, MA (175)
Sep 17 - Toronto, ON (50)
Sep 21 - Washington, DC (160)
Sep 23 - Pittsburgh, PA (50)
Oct 5 - Denver, CO (60)
Oct 7 - Minneapolis, MN (50)
Oct 12 - Chicago, IL (110)
Oct 13 - Phoenix, AZ (50)
Oct 15 - San Francisco, CA (120)
Oct 19 - Los Angeles, CA (120)
Oct 20 - Seattle, WA (90)
Oct 22 - Portland, OR (65)
Oct 29 - New Orleans, LA (60)
Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA (90)
Nov 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (30)

For more informatio and to register (it's free but the sponsors need to know how many people will be there), and to see which schools will be at each fair, go to:

Please share this message and/or link with friends and colleagues on any relevant mailing lists, blogs, and social networks.

A Day of Wellness and Self-Care for Psychologists Offered by San Francisco Psychological Association


San Francisco Psychological Association in conjunction with CLASP (Colleague Assistance and Support Program)
invites all Bay Area Psychologists to:

A Day of Wellness and Self-Care for Psychologists

2 CEUs

The day will begin with invitation to experience mindfulness, followed by a walk, stroll or roll along the water. The lunch and presentations will be indoors overlooking the bay. If you don’t feel up to the walk, you are welcome to join us for the lunch and presentation.

Drs Ilene Serlin and Pearl Werfel will be presenting on Mind/Body tools for Psychologists and My Profession, My Body, My Self. The presentations will include material from Dr. Serlin’s work on Whole Person Health Care, Dr. Norcross’s research on Psychologist Self-Care, Dr. Figley’s work on Compassion Fatigue and numerous self-care tools for Psychologists.

Saturday October 4. 10:00 -4:00

10:00 Gather for mindfulness exercise and walk

1:00 Lunch and Presentations

Where: Fort Mason Conference Center, Building C Room 205

At the intersection of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

$35/$30 students (Includes lunch and parking validation), $15 CEU

To RSVP: Send a check made out to SFPA and your chicken, turkey or vegetarian lunch choice to:

Nataliya Bolsheva, PhD
406 16th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 759-8105

Please bring water and anything else you might need for the walk. Bring walking shoes and layers for coastal weather.


Ilene Serlin, PhD is the current President of SFPA and General Editor of Whole Person Healthcare
Pearl Werfel, PhD is SFPA’s CLASP Chair
Both have presented numerous workshops on wellness, self-care and stress reduction.

Princeton Society of Fellows Invites Applications for Three-Year Postdoctoral Fellowships


Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships
for recent PhDs (from January 2007) in humanities or allied social sciences, 2010-2013.
Three appointments to pursue research and teach half-time.
Annual stipend: approx. $72,000. Application deadline: October 1, 2009.

Open Fellowship; Fellowship in Humanistic Studies; Fellowship in Latin American Studies.

Contact Info:
Search Committee
10 Joseph Henry House
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544


Alumnus John Carlton-Foss, PhD '81 on the Threat of Global Warming


The impacts of energy use continue to threaten our society, forcing social transformation. Despite ignorance and denial, the facts of Global warming and demand for energy are crowding their way into our reality. The current concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere are higher than they were during the Pliocene Era, 2-5 million years ago. The global temperatures then were 7 to 10 degrees Centigrade higher than the present ones. In 2008 the cost of energy rose so dramatically before falling again that the financial shortfall threatened to overwhelm the most vulnerable in our culture, reminding all of us of our vulnerability. Many came to recognize adequate availability of fuel as a strategic asset. Demand and supply argue that the world economy must voluntarily cut back on its demand or the price will continue to rise until people are forced to cut back. Hidden in financial urgency, are the emerging symptoms of global warming, and the likelihood that the government will have to mandate cutbacks. In fact, if things do not change, energy usage and price will rise when the economy comes out of severe recession. We can do something about it. One thing would be the successful implementation of such programs as Cap and Trade which creates a market for atmospheric carbon, and technical innovations focused on sustainable energy development. Every solution involves enlightened personal choice and discipline. All people must find ways to reduce consumption dramatically while maintaining the sustainable parts of quality in their lives. Many of us have been working on this for decades, work it is again time to share.

Also important in the long term solution to the Global warming issue is managing significant stakeholders who push for actions which increase carbon into the atmosphere. Believe me. I work with some of them. They understand, but they need to be helped to make the transition. We need to foster a social and organizational transformation. If it is to be voluntary, it must have close to 100% market penetration. It must happen very rapidly, within ten to twenty years. Not easy. Self-contained breathing apparatuses (saving the lives of fire-fighters) required 60 years for 50% adoption. The PC revolution required about 25 years but is still not at 100%.

Social science, personal transformation, and marketing science can play significant roles in this transformation. Let’s talk about it. I am also very technically skilled, and open to technical discussion. I also blog about energy at, about older people at I participate sometimes in the Harvard and MIT alum discussion groups and would hope to do a certain amount of cross-fertilization among these groups.

Tenure Track Faculty Position Available in Population and Health


Dear Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce the following faculty position involving Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health, Institute for Policy Research, and the following Schools at Northwestern University: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, and Feinberg School of Medicine.
I would appreciate your sharing this with your colleagues. Thank you.
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Tenure Track Faculty Position in Population and Health. Northwestern University is seeking an experienced scholar in sociology, demography, population health, social epidemiology, economics, or related fields, whose research program includes a focus on biology or health. The scholar will join the multidisciplinary faculty of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding records of scholarly publication, teaching, and externally-funded research. The successful candidate will help to lead C2S in its goal to become an NICHD-funded population research center.

Please mail a statement of research, vita, representative reprints, and 3 names of references to P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, PhD, Search Committee Chair, Cells to Society, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, 2040 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208. We will begin reviewing application materials on October 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health

Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4100
847.467.6905 phone 847.467.7094 fax

Correction to Recent Blog Entry


There was a recent, improper blog entry that announced that Bill Bruff had been licensed as a psychologist. This was erroneous and entered the blog without being edited by a member of the Alumni Association blog committee-please forgive the error.

Saybrook at the APA, Day 3, Saturday the 8th


Access to abstracts:

Saturday the 8th, Saybrook at the Toronto APA Convention

Saybrook's day at the APA began at 9 AM with a talk by Art Bohart, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member titled, Psychotherapy Is Art Because Life Is Art, in the Psychotherapy as Art--- Humanistic Perspectives on Creative Practice symposium.

At 10 AM Dr. Bohart chaired an invited address and philosophical expose' by Pamela Burry, the daughter of "Gloria" of the Gloria psychotherapy films. The address was titled Innocence and Experience: Living With The Gloria Films.

At 11 AM, Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, was the discussant for a talk by Debbie Joffe Ellis, Ph.D. titled Appeal of Albert Ellis: Why the Media and Millions of Admirers Couldn't Get Enough of Him .

At 11 AM, Saybrook Alumnus, David McGarva, Ph.D. displayed a Division 10 poster titled, Studies in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

At noon, Dr. Krippner and Joan Hageman, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna participated in the symposium, Neurobiology of Extraordinary Experiences . Stan was the chair and Joan gave a talk titled, Mediumship and Psychophysiological Responses Across Cultural Boundaries.

At 1 PM, Rivka Meir, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna delivered a talk in the Aging in the International Perspective symposium.

Also at 1 PM, Saybrookians displayed posters in a one hour poster session. Ruth Richards, PhD, faculty member displayed a poster in the Division 10 Art Exhibition titled, What is art for?—Response in images and 140 words. Elliot Benjamin,MA, PhD (math) Saybrook Student displayed a Division 10 poster titled, Mathematics as an Art Form through Number Theory.

That is it for this day.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs

Day 4, Saybrook at the APA


Access to abstracts:

At 11 AM on the final convention half-day, there were 4 events by Saybrookians.

Faculty member, Ruth Richards, Ph.D., was the discussant for L. Sundararajan (Chair): A process model of creativity: Theory, research, and live demonstration.

Art Bohart, Ph.D., Faculty member

gave a very powerful and important Invited Address titled, Experiential--Constructivist Psychotherapies: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Alumna, Rivka Meir, Ph.D., was made a Fellow in Division 52 for the third year.

Finally, Sheri J. Hixon, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student gave a symposium talk titled, Sharing Results and Research Methodology of Our Diversity Studies.

Well that is it for this years convention, a pretty impressive showing by Saybrook, don't you think.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs