Personalities

  • University of Albany psychology professor James A. Anderson, PhD, has been named the new chancellor of Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Psychologist and children's book author Stanley Coren, PhD, has won the Outstanding Children's Book Award from the Animal Behavior Society for "Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?" (Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2006). Coren's nonfiction book teaches children how dogs think and behave.

  • National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence Program has given Yale University's Ami Klin, PhD, a grant to support his research on early social interactions and development in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Klin directs the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center.

  • Tom Trabin, PhD, participated in an invitation-only four-day seminar in New Delhi on Buddhism taught by the Dalai Lama in March. Trabin, a health-policy consultant from El Cerrito, Calif., says he came back with a sense of how interconnected the world is. "This is the true state of who we are as human beings," he says, "as connected instead of being alone, which is how we may feel. It's a very warm, grounded feeling."

Thomley honored for post-Katrina relief work

Rebecca Hage Thomley, PsyD, of the National Center for Crisis Management accepted a presidential citation from APA President Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, at APA's State Leadership Conference in March for her dedication to disaster relief. In 2005, Thomley helped New Orleanians gut and rebuild their homes through her River of Hope volunteer project, which recruited hundreds of volunteers to donate time, money and building supplies. In January 2007, Thomley opened New Orleans's first mental health resource center in the upper Ninth Ward.

--D. Schwartz