Personalities

  • Kerby T. Alvy, PhD, will be working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control on its strategy to prevent child maltreatment by encouraging better parenting. Alvy is the founder and director of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring in North Hollywood, Calif.

  • Geropsychologist Merla Arnold, PhD, will be the first psychologist to serve on the steering group of the AQA Alliance, formerly known as the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance. The group, made up of health-care organizations including APA, AARP and the American Medical Association, is committed to improving patient care in ambulatory settings through better performance measures and data collection. Arnold, the chair-elect of APA's Committee on Aging, specializes in working with and improving care for older adults in assisted living and nursing homes.

  • Steven J. Danish, PhD, has won the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education at Michigan State University, where he earned his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1969. Danish, a professor of psychology and director of the Life Skills Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., conducts research on adolescent health and well-being and the needs of veterans.

  • The U.S. State Department has named Cornell University's Timothy DeVoogd, PhD, as one of its seven 2008 Jefferson Science Fellows. As a fellow, DeVoogd will work for a year in the State Department's Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs, traveling throughout Latin America to promote science and technology education and entrepreneurship through partnerships with U.S. universities.

  • Virginia Tech's Russell T. Jones, PhD, has been named to a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services subcommittee that is focused on identifying ways to maintain people's mental health after hurricanes and other catastrophic events. Jones, a professor of psychology in the College of Science, already consults with SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center and helped conduct trauma workshops in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

—J. Chamberlin