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Adler School honors Pavon and DeVitt

The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago awarded two graduates for their standout work. Ricardo Pavon was presented the 2007 Bill Powers Outstanding Graduate Award in Police Psychology and Timothy DeVitt, PsyD, received the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Pavon has served on the Chicago Police Department for the past 22 years. Currently, he is a robbery, burglary and theft lieutenant in the Detective Division in Area One. He plans to use his background in psychology to provide guidance and support to personnel within the police department.

DeVitt earned his PsyD from the Adler School in 2006. He is the director of integrated dual disorders treatment practices for Thresholds in Chicago.

Malow gets $3.5 million for his research on HIV and alcohol

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded Robert Malow, PhD, director of the AIDS Prevention Program at Florida International University with a five-year, $3.5 million grant. Malow is one of five R01 grantees from NIAAA. Through his project, "Intervening with HIV+ Alcohol Abusers: Influence of NeuroBehavioral Factors." Malow aims to help improve HIV-prevention efforts.

Frohboese recognized for leadership

Robinsue Frohboese, JD, PhD, recently received an Award for Distinguished Service by the Office on Disability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Frohboese, the principal deputy director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights, was recognized in a special ceremony for her "commanding leadership in the Office for Civil Rights and her deep understanding in ensuring the rights for persons with disabilities nationwide." Frohboese formerly served as Deputy Chief of the Special Litigation Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was also an APA Congressional Fellow from 1980-81 for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on the staff of what is now the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she focused on health and human service issues.

William Smith College honors Platoni

The Alumnae Association of William Smith College will honor U.S. Army psychologist Kathy D. Platoni, PhD, for a lifetime of outstanding scholarly achievement and military service.

Platoni has served in the Army for more than 28 years. Her service includes three deployments: one stateside tour of duty during the Gulf War, command of a Combat Stress Control Detachment at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay and a tour of duty in Iraq. Platoni has ventured "into the crucible of war" to care for the soldiers who need it most, the association says.

--D. Schwartz