Personalities

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has given Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Allentown, Pa., its 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy award in recognition of his exceptional and significant contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed forensic psychologist Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, to chair a mental health council that will recommend ways to improve the state's mental health system. The Behavioral Health and Wellness Council will include several state legislators, law enforcement officials, state health and mental health administrators, a consumer, a family member of a person with serious mental illness and members of the legal community. Dvoskin is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and runs a full-time forensic practice in Tucson, Ariz.

The University of Oregon has named Ellen Hawley McWhirter, PhD, as the inaugural Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology. McWhirter, a fellow of APA Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), has served on the faculty of the university's College of Education for 16 years. She studies the career development of Latina/o adolescents and won the university's Faculty Excellence Award in 2012.

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences has given Ethan Kross, PhD, its Early Career Impact Award. Kross, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, integrates social-personality, clinical, neuroscience and developmental approaches to study how people can control emotions that threaten to undermine their goals and compromise their health.

The University of California, Berkeley, has named Claude Steele, PhD, its new executive vice chancellor and provost. Steele, a social psychologist, is well known for his research on stereotype threat — the role that stereotyping can play in reducing minority student achievement. He was most recently dean of Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, and before that served as provost of Columbia University from 2009 to 2011.

Former APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, has joined the faculty of the department of human development in Cornell University's College of Human Ecology. Sternberg was a professor of psychology and education at Yale University for 30 years. He also served as provost at Oklahoma State University and for a brief term as president of the University of Wyoming.

Jeff Temple, PhD, has been named vice chair of a new Texas state task force on domestic violence. Temple is an associate professor and director of behavioral health and research at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The task force was born out of a 2013 law that calls for measuring the impact of domestic violence on women and children during pregnancy and the first two years of life and helping health-care providers identify signs of domestic abuse.

Former APA president to serve on HHS committee

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius appointed APA Past President Patrick DeLeon, PhD, JD, to the Health Resources and Services Administration's Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages. The committee advises the secretary on a range of federal public health programs affected by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including those related to graduate psychology.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the critical expertise of psychology and the behavioral sciences is appropriately recognized throughout the evolving delivery system," DeLeon says. He is one of 16 appointees who will serve three-year terms.