Personalities

Ileana Arias, PhD, has become the acting deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Most recently, Arias served as the director of the CDC National Center for Injury Control and Prevention. In her position, Arias will help shape the CDC's scientific and programmatic activities and policies.

• The University of Oregon has given psychology professor Jennifer Freyd, PhD, its Research Innovation Award for her original research on "betrayal trauma" cases in which the victim is abused by someone close to them, such as a parent or spouse.

• Duquesne University recognized school psychology professor Tammy L. Hughes, PhD, with the President's Faculty Award for Excellence, the university's highest honor, for her commitment to student learning, outstanding mentoring and excellence in teaching.

• The National Cancer Institute has named William Klein, PhD, as the new associate director for the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Klein's research focuses on self-judgment, risk perception and risk communication, and how they relate to health behavior and decision-making.

• The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has named Lawrence Kutner, PhD, as its new executive director. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization helps low-income youth by providing $22 million a year in scholarships and grants. Kutner's own life was changed through a scholarship like the ones the foundation offers, which allowed him to attend a rigorous private high school. Most recently, he taught psychology at Harvard.

• The National Institutes of Health awarded Rebekah Smith, PhD, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, a five-year, $1 million grant to study prospective memory—the act of remembering to complete an intended action. Smith, who directs the university's Cognitive Aging Lab, hopes to apply her research in real-life settings to improve the functioning of older adults.

Stephen H. Feinstein, PhD, is president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) board of directors. Feinstein, an experimental psychologist, has served on the board for the past five years and was previously president of NAMI Kansas.

—J. Clark