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Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant

November 15, 2023

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans (LGBTQIA+) people face many challenges in forming, defining, and maintaining families. This program seeks to encourage the study of LGBTQIA+ family psychology and therapy through its support of promising young investigators whose graduate research is oriented toward issues in this general area. Preference is given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.

Program Goals:

  • encourage talented students to orient their careers toward engaging LGBTQIA+ family issues through basic and/or applied research
  • advance the understanding of problems faced by LGBTQIA+ families including those associated with cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and family structure diversity
  • advance the understanding of successful coping mechanisms including sources of support and resilience for family members
  • advance the understanding of clinical issues and interventions in the domain of LGBTQIA+

Roy Scrivner was a psychologist well-known for his passion and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community. Scrivner founded APA’s Division of Family Psychology’s Committee on Lesbian and Gay Family Issues and received numerous awards for his contributions to LGBTQIA+ psychology. Scrivner became president of the Texas Psychological Association in 1992, becoming the first openly gay president of a state psychological association in the United States. During his time at the Texas Psychological Association, Scrivner was an instrumental figure in repealing Texas’s law that prohibited same-sex sexual relations. Scrivner’s work has significantly impacted psychological representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, and his legacy lives on through the Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant.

APF encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.

Applicants must:

  • be an advanced graduate student, in good standing, endorsed by supervising professor
  • have a demonstrated commitment to LGBTQIA+ family issues
Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant