Personalities

  • The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry appointed University of California, San Francisco, clinical psychologist Patricia A. Arean, PhD, to its board of directors in March. The association is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well-being of older adults with mental disorders diagnosed later in life. Arean, known for her research on late-life depression and anxiety, is the first non-psychiatrist to be appointed to the board.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded University of Memphis psychology professor Charles Blaha, PhD, a five-year $2.1 million grant to research Parkinson’s disease. Along with a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, Blaha will be mapping the brain to study how electrical stimulation of specific areas of the brain can eliminate tremors and other motor symptoms in Parkinson’s patients.
  • The Penn State Commission for Women awarded the 2011 Achieving Women Award to Dawn Blasko, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The commission honored Blasko for her tireless and passionate support and mentoring of underrepresented groups, including girls and disadvantaged adults and youth.
  • The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare awarded Peter Campanelli, PsyD, the 2011 Award of Excellence for Visionary Leadership. Campanelli is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Community Living Inc., a New York-based nonprofit provider of clinical treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Campanelli was specifically recognized for his work to improve access to health care for low-income people with mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Jennifer Feenstra, PhD, of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, will teach research methodology at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluq, Romania, for the 2011–12 academic year with a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program. Feenstra will also study how effective a youth development program created by the New Horizons Foundation is at promoting responsibility and teamwork among Romanian teenagers.
  • April Fugett-Fuller, PhD, has won Marshall University’s Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award, an annual honor for junior faculty. Fugett-Fuller is an assistant professor in Marshall’s psychology department and teaches behavioral statistics, psychometrics and experimental psychology. She earned her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of Kansas in 2008.
  • The National Science Foundation has given a $56,306 grant to Charles A. Goodsell, PhD, a psychology professor and memory researcher at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Goodsell will use the grant to compare whether eyewitnesses more accurately identify criminals presented in a lineup or one at a time.
  • On March 23, the state of Maryland awarded Johns Hopkins University clinical psychologist Christina Harnett, PhD, the Meritorious Service Medal, the second-highest military medal available in the state. Harnett earned the award for her work with the Maryland National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which helps returning soldiers transition back into civilian life and provides ongoing training and support for those soldiers and their families.
  • The University of Central Florida awarded its University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to psychology professor Alisha Janowsky, PhD, who taught almost 2,150 students across 13 courses in 2009, serves on multiple committees and is the faculty adviser for the campus Psychological Society.
  • The Child Mind Institute awarded Jerome Kagan, PhD, the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Science. As a member of Harvard University’s faculty for more than 40 years, Kagan has studied how temperament emerges and develops in the first 10 years of life.
  • The Board of the University of the District of Columbia has granted professor emeritus status to Ernest R. Myers, PhD, in honor of his long and distinguished career as an administrator, teacher and researcher.
  • In recognition of his distinguished and enduring contributions to Canadian psychology, Peter Suedfeld, PhD, is the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s 2011 Gold Medal Award, its highest honor. Suedfeld, a former president of the association, is dean emeritus of graduate studies and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.