• APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, is one of 14 members of the newly formed VA National Academic Affiliations Council, which will provide a forum for joint planning and coordination between VA and the nation’s health professions schools and universities. Specifically, the new committee will advise Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki and Undersecretary for Health Robert A. Petzel on ways to further enhance what has become the largest public-private partnership in the VA’s history and a cornerstone of American health professions education. 

  • The Institute of Medicine awarded Ellen Frank, PhD, with its 2011 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. Frank, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, developed interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, a method that teaches patients how to stabilize their social routines to avoid new episodes of depression or mania.

  • The Association for Applied Sport Psychology has awarded Peter Haberl, EdD, with its Distinguished Professional Practice Award. Haberl is a senior sports psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee and has been a member of the USOC since 1998. He competed in the World Championships in 1990 and 1991 as a member of Austria’s national team.

  • Lesa Hoffman, PhD, was honored with the 2011 Cattell Award by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. Hoffman is the associate professor and cognitive program director in the department of psychology at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. Her research focuses on understanding lifespan development and aging, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to analyzing longitudinal data about stability and change in later life. Hoffman will give the Cattell Award address at the society’s 2012 meeting in Vancouver, B.C., next October.

  • The Arizona Psychological Association has given Armando A. Piña, PhD, its 2011 Faculty of the Year Award. Piña is an assistant professor in ASU’s department of psychology and was honored for his excellence as a teacher, mentor and researcher. His research is being used to promote resilience in students and prevent the onset of phobic and anxiety disorders.

  • The Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology has presented Stephen G. West, PhD, with its 2011 Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research. West is best known for his methodological work in multiple regression, structural equation modeling and nonrandomized designs. He is a previous winner of two lifetime contribution awards: the Forschungspreis (research prize) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Henry Murray award from APA’s Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology). He is a professor at Arizona State University.

—C. Bockhaus

Institute of Medicine welcomes three psychologists as members

The Institute of Medicine has awarded membership to psychologists Margarita Alegria, PhD, Hortensia de Los Angeles Amaro, PhD, and Caryn Lerman, PhD.

Membership in the IOM reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service. The IOM is renowned for its research program, but it is also an honorific organization whose members put their knowledge and expertise to work for the nation’s health.

Alegria directs the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and is a professor of psychology in the Harvard Medical School department of psychiatry. She has devoted her professional career to researching disparities in mental health and substance abuse services.

Amaro is the associate dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, founder and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research, and distinguished professor of health and counseling psychology in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She is known for her work in community based addiction treatment, HIV prevention and public health.

Lerman is the Mary W. Calkins Professor in the department of psychiatry and the deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Lerman’s research focuses on medication development for nicotine dependence and pharmacogentics.

 —C. Bockhaus