Personalities

  • The Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists, a caucus of APA's Council of Representatives, named Rinad Beidas the winner of the 2009 ASPP award, enabling her to travel to the February 2009 council meeting in Washington, D.C., to learn about APA's governance and caucuses. Beidas is working on her doctorate in clinical psychology at Temple University.

  • The Mental Health, Epidemiology and Statistics Sections of the American Public Health Association named Duke University's Avshalom Caspi, PhD, and Terrie Moffitt, PhD, this year's winners of the Rema Lapouse Award for excellence in the field of psychiatric epidemiology. Caspi, a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience, seeks to determine the best ways to assess and measure personality differences between people. Moffitt studies how genes and environment work together to shape abnormal human behavior. She's particularly interested in antisocial and criminal behavior.

  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors selected University of West Florida President John C. Cavanaugh, PhD, to serve as its next chancellor. With an enrollment of 110,000 students, PASSHE is the state's largest provider of higher education.

  • Terry Cline, PhD, is now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health attaché and representative at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Cline is a former administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and APA Health Policy Fellow. In his new role, Cline will coordinate HHS programs in Iraq and advise the U.S. ambassador, HHS secretary and others. He will also serve as a liaison to Iraq's Ministries of Health, Higher Education and Social Affairs, and will work closely with international organizations, private partners and other U.S. government agencies engaged in health-related activities.

  • Erin McMullen Jonaitis, PhD, is APA's new Science Policy Fellow. She will work at the National Science Foundation where she will apply her cognitive and developmental science expertise in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.

  • Clemson University awarded its Phil Prince Award for Excellence and Innovation in teaching to psychology professor Robin Kowalski, PhD, known for her research in bullying and cyber bullying. Among her findings is that victims of cyber bullying showed higher rates of depression and anxiety, lower grades, lower self-esteem and more school absences than those who had not been bullied via the Internet.

  • The American Cancer Society awarded a $728,000 grant to Washington University in St. Louis professor Amy McQueen, PhD, for cancer research. With the grant, she plans to focus on cancer screening and tobacco cessation and to better understand how cancer survivors communicate with and influence family members.

  • The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has named Brian D. Smedley, PhD, vice president and director of its Health Policy Institute. Smedley, an expert on racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, is co-founder and research director of the Opportunity Agenda, an organization that consults for social justice organizations and leaders. In his new position, Smedley will oversee all of the operations of the Institute, which was started six years ago with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to explore health disparities and generate policy recommendations.

—D. Schwartz