Personalities

  • Barbara A. Dosher, PhD, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences at the organization’s annual meeting May 3 in Washington, D.C., in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievement in original research. Dosher is the dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is focused on attention and visual processes.
  • The California School of Professional Psychology has named Stanley R. Graham, PhD, as a distinguished research professor of psychology. Graham, a former APA president, is a visiting scholar at the Hamilton-Madison House clinics in New York City.
  • With a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Tracy Gladstone, PhD, of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, will co-lead a multisite depression prevention program for at-risk adolescents, with Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, of the University of Chicago. The program combines primary-care consultation with follow-up Internet-based interventions to prevent depression in young people.
  • The Let’s Erase the Stigma Educational Foundation has named stigma expert Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, as a co-director of research. The foundation is organizing a national network of school-based clubs where young people learn about mental health, plan local projects to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and educate their peers about mental health. Hinshaw will help oversee studies that examine the long-term effects of club participation on children, families and schools.
  • The Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Foundation honored Joyce Hogan, PhD, and Robert Hogan, PhD, with the establishment of the Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance. Starting next year, the award will annually recognize the best paper on the relationship between personality and job performance with a $1,500 prize. Robert Hogan is president and Joyce Hogan is vice president of Hogan Assessment Systems, a business consulting firm in Tulsa, Okla.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded Texas A&M University psychology professor Michelle Hook, PhD, a $1.2 million grant to study how morphine affects spinal cord injuries. The commonly prescribed medication can reduce people’s recovery of motor function and increase pain in the long run, suggests Hook’s past research.
  • Kathy Johnson, PhD, is the new dean of University College and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Johnson has studied a number of cognitive development topics at IUPUI since 1994, including language acquisition, symbolic understanding and parental attachment. She became chair of the psychology department in 2008.
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded David Landy, PhD, of the University of Richmond, a $1.12 million grant for a three-year study on interactive approaches to teaching algebra. Landy will study how iPad apps and other software that allow students to touch and rearrange algebraic equations may improve learning.
  • The Louisiana Psychological Association has named Janet Matthews, PhD, its 2011 Distinguished Psychologist. Matthews is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist and tenured professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. She was recognized for her extensive service to psychology, including as a professor, adviser and book author.
  • Lily McNair, PhD, is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City, an institution known for combining liberal learning with civic engagement. McNair comes to Wagner from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she was associate provost of research and a psychology professor.
  • The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has awarded a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to James F. Sallis, PhD, a San Diego State University psychology professor and director of the Active Living Research program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research guides policy aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing childhood obesity.
  • Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon selected Carol Shoptaugh, PhD, of Missouri State University, for a 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes teaching, student development, advising and university service. Shoptaugh teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in industrial-organizational psychology, occupational health, human engineering and ergonomics.