• The Jacobs Foundation, a Swiss organization that promotes child and youth development worldwide, has awarded Dante Cicchetti, PhD, the $1 million 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. Cicchetti, a professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, studies the consequences of child maltreatment and neglect and the conditions that lead to resilience.

  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious societies, inducted Edward F. Diener, PhD. A founder of positive psychology, Diener is famous for his research showing that money doesn't buy happiness, but close interpersonal relationships do.

  • The University of Delaware celebrated the career of Carroll Izard, PhD, with a festschrift in October. Izard, who joined the university's faculty in 1976, has focused his research on the emotional development of infants and preschool-age children from lower-income families. He and his research team are currently evaluating Izard's 20-week intervention program for children in Head Start programs through a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Results from the first two years of the study have found that the program is effective in regulating children's classroom behavior.

  • California elected psychologist Alan Lowenthal, PhD, a Democrat, to the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Lowenthal, who will represent the state's 47th congressional district, has been a member of the California Senate since 2004.

  • Stephen R. McCutcheon, PhD, director of psychology training programs, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, in Seattle, has received the 2012 David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence, the Department of Veterans Affairs' highest recognition of academic accomplishments. McCutcheon is being recognized for promoting the development of competency-based training programs for psychologists, which has substantially contributed to the quality improvement of psychology educational programs, both in the VA and nationwide.

  • The Samaritan Institute has given Kenneth Pargament, PhD, of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, its 2012 National Samaritan award. Pargament was honored as "a leading figure in the dramatic resurgence of attention to the vital connection between religion and mental health through his research, writing and worldwide consultation."

Psychologists honored for inspiring former students

Several psychologists were among those recognized with Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Awards for inspiring their former students to make a significant contribution to society. Each of the psychologists was nominated by a former student. The $25,000 awards went to:

  • Nancy Boyd Franklin, nominated by Jamila Irons-Johnson, PsyD.

  • Edna Foa, PhD, nominated by Richard McNally, PhD.

  • Richard Halgin, PhD, nominated by Robert Murphy, PhD.

  • Sharon Horne, PhD, nominated by Mary Burke, PhD.

  • Nadine Kaslow, PhD, nominated by Eugene Farber, PhD, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Martie Thompson, PhD.

  • Phyllis Katz, PhD, nominated by Adele Gottfried, PhD.

  • Nancy Russo, PhD, nominated by Hortensia Amaro, PhD.

  • Sandy Shullman, PhD, nominated by Deborah Plummer, PhD.

  • Carolyn Tucker, PhD, nominated by Keith Herman, PhD.

Vickie M. Mays to serve on special IOM board

The Institute of Medicine has appointed Vickie M. Mays, PhD, to its Board on the Health of Select Populations. Mays, a clinical psychologist and professor in the University of California, Los Angeles department of psychology, will further the board's mission of examining the health needs and significant health concerns of people categorized by a common occupation, environment, health condition or characteristic, including, for example, military personnel and their families. The board also oversees the IOM's Medical Follow Up Agency, which conducts a variety of epidemiological research studies.

"Serving on the Board on the Health of Select Populations allows me to be a part of a multidisciplinary group in which I can bring the science of psychology with its evidence-based tools and educational mechanisms for health providers and consumers to address the pressing needs of behavioral and chronic health in specific populations," says Mays.