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Behavioral Emergencies Update

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The 109th Annual APA Convention


Awards Presented

Minutes from the Section 7 Business Meeting

Helping Youth Cope with Terrorism

Task Force Update

Graduate Student Spotlight

Publication Highlights

Special Offer for Section VII Members



Welcome New Members of Section VII!
Jack Annon, Ph.D., Honolulu, HI

James Collins, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara

Katherine Ann Comtois, Ph.D., University of Washington

Lori I. Greene, Ph.D., Larchmont, NY

Marc Gurtman, New York, NY

Kelly Hyman, Boston VAMC

John Monahan, Ph.D., UVA School of Law (honorary member)

Masako Mori, Columbia University

Merrie Lee Stringall-Irwin, MFTI, Comprehensive Child Crisis Services, San Francisco

David T. Susman, Ph.D., Lexington, KY

Elizabeth Wagner, Ph.D., Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Lina Weissman, San Francisco, CA



  • Bruce Bongar, Ph.D. has been elected as President-Elect
  • Phil Kleespies, Ph.D. has been elected as Treasurer of Section VII.
  • Marilou Gonzales, Psy.D., has been appointed as the next editor of Behavioral Emergencies Update.
  • All will start their terms on 1/1/02.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention awards research grants to investigators conducting clinical, biological, or psychosocial research on the problem of suicide, for one or two-year periods, and for up to three years for postdoctoral research fellowships. Established Investigator Awards, Young Investigator Awards, Standard Research Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications must be received by December 15 for funding decisions in May. Pilot grants are accepted throughout the year, with funding decisions four to six months after the Foundation’s receipt of the application. For more information, go to the AFSP website at


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Nominations are welcome for our next Lifetime Achievement Award.
If you have suggestions, please contact Dr. Bob Yufit at, or any member of the Executive Board.

Contribute to the Spring 2002 issue of Behavioral Emergencies Update!
Contact Marilou Gonzales, Psy.D., at

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