Personalities

  • Yale University psychologist Kelly Brownell, PhD, best known for his work to raise awareness on the relationship between unhealthy foods and obesity, is the next dean of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Brownell will begin his new position on July 1.

  • The National Academy of Sciences has awarded Asif Ghazanfar, PhD, and Lori Holt, PhD, the 2013 Troland Research Awards. The $50,000 awards are given annually to researchers under age 40 to recognize achievement and further research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world. Holt, of Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized for her work on the sensory and cognitive processes that underlie speech perception. Ghazanfar, of Princeton University, was recognized for his research on the neural basis of primate communication.

  • The Grady Health Foundation gave APA President-elect Nadine Kaslow, PhD, its Inspiring Mentor Award in March to recognize her work in teaching and mentoring residents, interns and postdoctoral students. She is chief psychologist in the Grady Health System, Atlanta's largest public hospital. The award also honors Kaslow's clinical work at the hospital with abused and suicidal African-American women.

  • The Federal Capital of Vienna, Austria, awarded Herbert C. Kelman, PhD, its Gold Medal of Honor for his work applying psychology to international problem-solving. Kelman was born in Vienna in 1927, escaped Nazi persecution with his family in 1939 and settled in the United States in 1940. Since earning his PhD in social psychology from Yale University in 1951, he has won numerous awards, published several books and many op-eds, and directed Harvard's Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the university's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is a fellow of APA.

  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology awarded Dan McAdams, PhD, its 2012 Jack Block Award, the society's top award for research accomplishment in personality psychology. McAdams, an APA fellow, is chair of the department of psychology at Northwestern University, where he studies how people develop identities by creating narratives of their lives.

  • The American Association of Suicidology has presented its Edwin Shneidman Award to Jeremy Pettit, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Florida International University. The award honors Pettit's research on depression and suicidal behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. He researches depression and suicidal behaviors in adolescence and emerging adulthood, focusing on the course of depression and suicidal behaviors over time.

  • Wesleyan University psychology professor Ruth H. Striegel, PhD, will become provost of the university in July. Striegel, a clinical psychologist, has taught at Wesleyan for 25 years. Her research focuses on reducing the burden of eating and weight disorders.