The mission of the KPA Foundation is to improve the lives of Kentucky's citizens through public education and support of psychological research. Its primary activities include the Spring Academic Conference, one of the largest state association-sponsored student psychological conferences in the country, as well as public education, encouragement of multicultural psychologists, support for psychology student research, and recognition of outstanding contributors to the profession.
The Foundation earned local, national and international media attention for its innovative public education, public art project titled "Heads Up Kentucky! Psychology Promotes Healthy Living" and the companion project for the schools, "Heads Up for Kids: Secrets of the Mind Body Connection." As an outgrowth of those efforts, Kentucky psychologists and students created over 20 brochures on psychological aspects of healthy living, which are available as free downloads here. (more)
Contributions to the Foundation are accepted and help to fund the following KPA Foundation activities:
The “SAC” - The KPA Foundation’s Spring Academic Conference is the largest of its kind in the country. This day-long annual event includes research competitions for undergraduate and graduate students, opportunities for research consultations, a research paper presentation competition with the winner earning a workshop slot at the KPA Annual Convention, Psych Bowl - a fast-paced team competition that has been emulated around the country – as well as workshops for students and faculty, the newly-added “Psychologists on Parade” networking and advising opportunity for students, and more.
Awards - At the Spring Academic Conference and KPA’s Annual Convention, the Foundation sponsors awards and recognition for a range of professional accomplishments and contributions: Outstanding Mentor Awards, KPA Hall of Fame Inductees, Psychologist of the Year, the Sheila Schuster Advocacy Award, the Jack Runyon Community Service Award, Distinguished Career in Psychology Award, as well as multicultural student scholarship awards, and numerous student research prizes at the SAC.
KPAF Multicultural Award Program
Research Colloquium Travel Awards
The KPA Foundation sponsors an Annual Awards to honor outstanding achievements in Psychology.
Community Outreach – Through our Public Education Campaign, the KPA Foundation provides speakers and panelists on a range of issues. The KPA Foundation co-sponsored a Louisville area Anti-Gay Bullying Community Forum. Through the Disaster Response Network, the Foundation is working on a new initiative that will encourage and provide support for more psychologists to become involved in disaster and critical incident response and in administering psychological first aid in community emergencies.
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Disaster Response/Psychological First Aid
The KPA Foundation is working in partnership with the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) to increase Kentucky psychologists' participation in disaster response efforts, and in the delivery of psychological first aid throughout the commonwealth. KPA has granted continuing education approval, and the KPA Foundation is underwriting the costs of processing CE certificates for psychologists and all KBEP licensees in order to make KCCRB training events as accessible as possible to all Kentucky psychologists. (More)