Personalities

Honoring outstanding leadership

APA President Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, awarded two presidential citations during APA's March Consolidated Meetings:

  • Martha E. Banks, PhD, research neuropsychologist at ABackans DCP, Inc. of Akron, Ohio, and president-elect of Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), was recognized for her leadership in the areas of women and psychology, ethnic-minority affairs and rehabilitation psychology. "As one of the most conscientious, well-prepared contributors to numerous APA boards and committees, she always contributes wise and insightful comments on important issues," her citation said.

  • Michael C. Roberts, PhD, director of the clinical child psychology program at the University of Kansas, was honored for his more than 30 years of energetic and visionary service to the field of clinical child psychology and to the profession of psychology. "He has helped to shape the field through his unflagging commitment to psychotherapeutic outcomes research and program evaluation, his many and widely consulted publications, his highly respected editorship of the premier journals in the field and his work on innovative and intensive school programs for seriously emotionally-disturbed children," his citation said.


  • APA member Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, represented psychology at a March 26 meeting on health care sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Government and the Institute of Medicine. Lichtenberg noted that older adults make up only 12 percent of the population, yet account for 36 percent of health-care costs--numbers that will swell in future years. To cope with an increasing demand for services, the American medical system needs to adopt an integrated care model, in which physicians, psychologists and others share patient information, he said, citing APA's Integrated Health Care for an Aging Population Project. "Our society is in no way preparing for the aging population," Lichtenberg says. "As a health-care system, we are still putting our head in the sand."

  • The American Educational Research Association has recognized a psychologist with its Early Career Award: Andrew Martin, PhD, won for his studies of "substantive-methodological synergies in motivation, engagement and achievement research." He has developed a multidimensional framework that enables practitioners to help students in broader ways and researchers to assess motivation and engagement from different perspectives. Martin is an International Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia.

  • Richard McCarty, PhD, acting dean of Vanderbilt University's College of Arts and Science, is the university's new academic provost. McCarty's previous experience includes serving as psychology department chair at the University of Virginia and as APA's executive director for science from 1998 to 2001.

  • The World Economic Forum has named Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and Harvard Law School, as a 2008 Young Global Leader. Each year, the forum recognizes the world's top leaders under age 40 for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to shape the world's future. Shapiro, whose research focuses on the psychology of conflict, founded the Harvard International Negotiation Initiative, which seeks to enhance international security and individual well-being through theory-building and education on the emotional and identity-based dimensions of conflict and negotiation.

  • Michael A. Smyer, PhD, has been named provost at Bucknell University, making him the university's second-highest ranking academic official. Smyer previously co-directed the Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

  • The Society of Experimental Psychologists has bestowed its highest honor to Henry L. "Roddy" Roediger III, PhD, for his investigations of false memory. In awarding its Howard Crosby Warren Medal, the society said Roediger's work has led to a new understanding of human memory and is "one of the most exciting and important new areas of research in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience in the last 30 years." Roediger is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.