Personalities

  • Leona S. Aiken, PhD, has received two prestigious awards: the Arizona Psychological Association’s 2010 Distinguished Research Contribution Award and the 2010 Professor of the Year award from Arizona State University. Aiken is chair of ASU’s quantitative PhD program and past president of both APA Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) and the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. Her research addresses both quantitative methods and women’s health across the lifespan.
  • Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies has selected APA Deputy Executive Director for Education Catherine Grus, PhD, as its 2010 Distinguished Alumna. Grus is honored for her years of outstanding contributions to psychology education.
  • The Association for University and College Counseling Directors has elected Dan Jones, PhD, as president-elect. The association promotes the awareness of student mental health and development issues in higher education through research, advocacy, education and training provided to members, professional organizations and the public.
  • Irene W. Leigh, PhD, a psychology professor and chair of the department of psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and Rose Marie Toscano, an English professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, co-chair a national task force on health-care careers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The effort seeks to expand educational and workplace opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the health-care field. The task force goals are to improve accessibility strategies and options and expand educational health-care programs at Gallaudet, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology and nationally.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Peter Tuerk, PhD, the 2010 Olin E. Teague Award, a national award that recognizes contributions in an area critical to the rehabilitation and improvement in the quality of life of war-injured veterans. Tuerk, a VA psychologist in Charleston, S.C., was recognized for his achievements treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

With thanks to the academy

Four psychologists have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

  • Gerald L. Clore, PhD, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia.
  • James Sidney Jackson, PhD, director, Institute for Social Research and Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, and professor of health behavior and health education, University of Michigan.
  • Richard E. Petty, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, chair of the department of psychology, Ohio State University.
  • Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, Stanford University professor of psychology emeritus.

The academy, founded in 1780, is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems, such as science and technology policy; global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education. In addition to the psychologists, this year’s inductees also included IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano; Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas and television journalist Christiane Amanpour.