Personalities

  • The National Nursing Centers Consortium and Academy of Cognitive Therapy has honored Aaron T. Beck, MD, with its lifetime achievement award. The founder of cognitive therapy, Beck is recognized for his decades of work using cognitive therapy to treat depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and schizophrenia.

  • Margaret Chesney, PhD, is the new director of the University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and will also be appointed to the Bernard Osher Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Integrative Medicine in the department of medicine. Her research focuses on how behavioral factors, such as stress, affect risk of chronic disease.

  • Civic Ventures, a national think tank on baby boomers, work and social purpose, has named APA members Jaine Darwin, PsyD, and Kenneth Reich, PhD, as 2009 Purpose Prize fellows. The honor recognizes people over age 60 who are working to solve social problems. Darwin and Reich provide free mental health services to families of military reservists affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through their Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists program.

  • The University of California has awarded Thomas F. Pettigrew, PhD, research professor of social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, its Constantine Panunzio Award for his work on racism and intergroup relations. He has found that contact between minority and non-minority groups reduces prejudice.

  • The Indian Health Service has selected Rose Weahkee, PhD, as its new behavioral health director. Weahkee, who previously served as the behavioral health division's public health adviser, has served on APA's Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs since 2008. In her new position, Weahkee will oversee mental health and substance abuse delivery services for the nation's 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

—J. Clark

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