Personalities

  • The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology awarded Joy Keiko Asamen, PhD, its Ethnic and Racial Diversity Individual Award for her efforts to infuse diversity into her teaching as a professor at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Asamen was a co-founder of Pepperdine's Multicultural Research and Training Lab, which hosts a biennial conference on multicultural issues in clinical practice.

  • Cal State San Bernardino psychology professor Yuchin Chien, PhD, won the university's 2008 Outstanding Professor Award. Consistent with university tradition, Chien was "ambushed" with the news by university president Albert Karnig, PhD, and past award winners during class.

  • Tom Forman, PhD, is the Illinois School Psychologist Association's Practitioner of the Year. Forman is a school psychologist at the Thompson School in Lake Villa, Ill., and was nominated for his dedication to students and ability to balance work and family demands.

  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has tapped Elliot Hirshman, PhD, to be its provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Hirshman will also serve as professor in the university's psychology department. He was most recently the chief research officer and psychology department chair at George Washington University and before that chaired the psychology department at the University of Colorado at Denver.

  • The National Association of School Psychologists selected John Lestino, PhD, as the 2008 National School Psychologist. Lestino has worked in Pennsylvania's Edgewater Park School District for 20 years, where he counsels students and assesses special-education students' abilities. His project to develop school-based services for Edgewater Park students with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder earned him the honor.

  • Delores Parron, PhD, has retired from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after 24 years of service. Most recently, she served as the scientific adviser for capacity development in the office of the NIH director. Prior to that, Parron was the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the associate director for special populations at the National Institute of Mental Health.

  • Hendrick W. Ruck, PhD, retired from the U.S. Air Force in January after 35 years. Ruck served as the director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate, where he worked to improve pilots' abilities and carved out a neuropsychology research niche for the Air Force. Ruck served in the Air Force Reserve before completing his career as an Air Force civilian, ultimately leading the largest Defense Department laboratory dealing with human performance. He led more than 1,100 scientists, engineers and medical personnel focused on improving the capability of airmen to perform difficult jobs in extreme conditions.

-D. Schwartz