Personalities

  • The White House named Maria D. Cimini, PhD, a "Champion of Change," an award given to 14 leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math for people with disabilities. Cimini is the assistant director for prevention and program evaluation at the University at Albany Counseling Center.

  • California Lutheran University has given Marylie Gerson, PhD, its 2012 President's Award for Teaching Excellence. Gerson is an associate professor of psychology at the university, where she researches identity development, openness to diversity, resilience and the ability to thrive in the face of stressors.

  • Hilda Julia Hannay, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate chair of the department of psychology at the University of Houston, is the recipient of the University of Houston 2012 Esther Farfel Award, the highest honor given to a university faculty member.

  • Roger E. Kirk, PhD, has been named the 2012 Cornelia Marcschall Smith Professor of the Year by Baylor University. Kirk has served on the faculty since 1958.

  • The American Association of Suicidology awarded Jennifer Jo Muehlenkamp, PhD, its Edwin S. Shneidman Award for her work on suicide prevention and self-injury among youth and young adults. She is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

  • Margaret Shiffrar, PhD, is the new dean of the Rutgers-Newark Graduate School, where she has been a part of the psychology department since 1991.

  • The Princeton Review has named Charles L. Brewer, PhD, one of nation's top undergraduate professors. Brewer is a professor of psychology at Furman University, where he's worked since 1970. Brewer played a significant role in organizing and sustaining APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools and is the namesake of an American Psychological Foundation teaching award.

—C. Bockhaus