Personalities

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has appointed Patricia Arredondo, EdD, president of the school's Chicago campus.  Arredondo, a licensed psychologist bilingual in English and Spanish, was formerly with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she was associate vice chancellor, interim dean for the School of Continuing Education and professor of educational psychology.
  • Irving I. Gottesman, PhD, is this year's winner of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Gottesman is best known for studies of the genetic bases of schizophrenia, including work that introduced such concepts as endophenotype and epigenetics into research on mental disorders. He is the retired Irving and Dorothy Bernstein professor of adult psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and also is Sherrell J. Aston professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Virginia.
  • The Puerto Rican Association of Psychology has awarded Alfonso Martínez-Taboas, PhD, its Lifetime Achievement Award. Martínez-Taboas, a professor at Carlos Albizu University, conducts research on trauma, dissociation and the use of evidence-based psychotherapies among Latinos.
  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology awarded Dan McAdams, PhD, its 2012 Jack Block Award for career contributions to personality psychology. A pioneer in the field of adult development, McAdams has demonstrated that adults find meaning in their lives by constructing and internalizing autobiographical stories. McAdams is chair of the psychology department at Northwestern University.
  • Smith College has named psychologist Kathleen McCartney, PhD, as its next president. McCartney is dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert on early education and child development. She developed two new doctoral programs at Harvard, a doctorate in educational leadership and an interdisciplinary PhD program in education. She assumes the Smith presidency on July 1.
  • Nicki Moore, PhD, has been promoted to senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator in the University of Oklahoma's athletics department, where her responsibilities now include student life and strategic planning.
  • The California Wellness Foundation posthumously honored Su Yon Park, PsyD, with its 2012 California Peace Prize. The award is given annually to individuals who work to promote peace and prevent violence in California. Park, who died of cancer on Sept. 20, was clinical coordinator at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, where she worked to increase access to mental health services among youth living in poor and violent communities.
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Dalton State College professor of psychology Christy Price, PhD, 2012 Professor of the Year. Price is a national expert on how to engage millennial learners, such as by making content relevant to them and establishing how assignments will benefit their learning. Three psychologists were among the state-level winners: Deborah A. Carroll, PhD (Connecticut), Gary L. Creasey, PhD (Illinois), and Alliston K. Reid, PhD (South Carolina). Carroll is a professor of psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. Creasey is a psychology professor at Illinois State University. Reid is the Reeves Family Professor of Psychology at Wofford College.
  • Lawrence H. Sweet, PhD, is the University of Georgia's inaugural Gary R. Sperduto Professor of Psychology. The clinical neuropsychologist studies the relationship between functional and structural changes in the brain and conditions such as dementia, nicotine dependence and obesity. He and a colleague hold a patent on an fMRI method that measures changes in neurocognitive states, including working memory and craving, to evaluate certain drugs' effectiveness.
  • North Carolina State University has named Lori Foster Thompson, PhD, one of the school's 24 inaugural University Faculty Scholars. Thompson, a professor of industrial-organizational psychology, will receive $50,000 over the next five years to support her research exploring how industrial-organizational psychology and information technology can be combined to improve global development work, such as poverty reduction.

AAAS names its new psychology fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected 19 new AAAS Fellows to its Psychology section in 2012. They are: Nelson Cowan, PhD, University of Missouri–Columbia; Celia B. Fisher, PhD, Fordham University; Margaret Gatz, PhD, University of Southern California; Peter Adrian Hancock, PhD, University of Central Florida; Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Dartmouth College; Julia R. Heiman, PhD, Indiana University; Ned H. Kalin, PhD, Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute & Clinics; Todd D. Little, PhD, University of Kansas; Steven J. Luck, PhD, University of California, Davis; Laurence T. Maloney, PhD, New York University; Alex Martin, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health/NIH; John J. McArdle, PhD, University of Southern California; Joseph Lee Rodgers III, PhD, University of Oklahoma; John M. Roll, PhD, Washington State University; Steven K. Shevell, PhD, University of Chicago; Eliot R. Smith, PhD, Indiana University; Anthony D. Wagner, PhD, Stanford University; Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, University of Virginia; and Howard N. Zelaznik, PhD, Purdue University.

APA honors two federal psychologists

Two psychologists have been awarded APA Board of Scientific Affairs Meritorious Research Service Commendations for 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations. The recipients are Mariela C. Shirley, PhD, a health scientist administrator in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Molly V. Wagster, PhD, chief of the Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch at the National Institute on Aging Division of Neuroscience. Shirley was honored for her work to promote the development and funding of new scientific approaches for research on alcoholism and public health. Wagster was recognized for her efforts to advance the psychology of aging within the NIA and to support mentoring of psychologists who are pursuing aging research.