The Council of Chairs of Training Councils awarded its Paul Nelson Award to Cynthia Belar, PhD, executive director of APA's Education Directorate. The award recognizes her commitment to teaching, research and practice for 34 years. Belar founded one of the first formal tracks in medical psychology at the University of Florida, and she is one of the founders of Div. 38 (Health) and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Belar has served as the director of APA's Education Directorate since 2000, where she has led APA's education activities with distinction and an unwavering commitment to quality at all educational levels.
Yale University's Kelly Brownell, PhD, has joined the Institute of Medicine's Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. The committee initiates state and national policy discussions and studies about childhood obesity prevention. Brownell directs the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2006 for his internationally renowned research on obesity and weight control.
Former APA President Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD, was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Election to the Institute of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. DeLeon, who serves as chief of staff to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), has been a longtime advocate for psychologist prescription privileges.
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts has elected Harvard Medical School psychologist Robin Deutsch, PhD, as its 2009 president. She is the second psychologist since 1990 to head the group, which is typically led by judges and lawyers. Deutsch is also the director of forensic services at the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Engineering psychologist Dennis Folds, PhD, has been named chief scientist of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Folds will oversee the institute's independent research and development program and will continue to help GTRI meet the mission-critical needs of the U.S. military and other federal agencies supporting defense and homeland security.
University of Iowa psychologist Susan K. Lutgendorf, PhD, is principal investigator on one of the projects in a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder condition that causes frequent urination. Lutgendorf has a joint appointment in the departments of psychology, urology and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa.
Steve Passik, PhD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, is running 10 marathons within a year to raise money for cancer research. Passik hopes to raise $50,000 and will donate the money to the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research. Passik's first marathon was the 2008 New York Marathon, and he will run in Sacramento, Boston and Chicago before finishing with the 2009 New York Marathon.