Personalities

• The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has appointed Carroll Ann Cradock, PhD, dean of its Chicago campus. Cradock is known for her commitment to community outreach and diversity in psychology and Chicago communities for the last 30 years—an emphasis shared by the school.

Paul Ekman, PhD, is one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2009. For the last 50 years, Ekman has built a career helping scientists understand how facial expressions reveal a person's thoughts. The Fox TV show "Lie to Me" is based on his work, which has helped real-life law enforcement officials better understand criminal behavior and prevent disasters.

• James Madison University's Joann H. Grayson, PhD, is one of eight women honored with the Virginia Women in History Award, presented by the Library of Virginia. Grayson was selected because she is a longtime champion for abused and neglected children.

Barry A. Hong, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Richard S. Lewis, PhD, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Pomona College, have been appointed to a committee that is revising the Medical College Admission Test. The 21-member group is reworking the MCAT for the first time since 1990. The new version will debut in 2013.

• "Working Mother" magazine has named Linda R. Mona, PhD, one of 30 recipients of the Working Mother of the Year Award, recognizing her ability to successfully balance work and family. Mona, a mother of two and a Palo Alto Veterans Administration psychologist, often travels for work, but this doesn't keep her from reading to Kyle, age 5, and Ryan, age 3, every night. Likewise, Mona's sons appreciate her commitment to her job. On a Mother's Day card this year, Kyle wrote, "Mommy's work is important. Mommy helps people." Specifically, Mona helps disabled veterans regain intimacy in their lives.

"I really feel that sexuality is a crucial part of overall well being," says Mona, who has lived with a mobility impairment since age 6 and uses an electric wheelchair. "I believe that people can seek pleasure and enjoy that pleasure—even if it is very different from what they knew before."

Brian D. Smedley, PhD, has received the 2009 Spring Health Braintrust Leadership in Advocacy Award from the Congressional Black Caucus. Smedley is the vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., an organization that advocates for quality health care for ethnic minorities.

—J. Clark

Nine psychologists are among the new members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are:

  • Nancy E. Adler, PhD, of the University of California–San Francisco
  • Judy Sprague DeLoache, PhD, of the University of Virginia
  • Andrew N. Meltzoff, PhD, of the University of Washington
  • J. Anthony Movshon, PhD, of New York University
  • David Premack, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Rosenthal, PhD, of the University of California–Riverside
  • Dan I. Slobin, PhD, of the University of California–Berkeley
  • Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, of the University of Virginia
  • Claes von Hofsten, PhD, of Uppsala University in Sweden