Personalities

  • John F. Kelly, PhD, was awarded the first-ever endowed professorship in addiction medicine at Harvard Medical School. He assumed the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professorship in Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine in January. He also directs the department's Recovery Research Institute, which conducts research to increase the effectiveness of substance use treatment and long-term recovery.
  • The Text and Academic Authors Association awarded a 2014 Most Promising New Textbook Award to Gregory Privitera, PhD, for "Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences" (2014), an introduction to research methods text in its first edition. Privitera is an associate professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Garnett Stokes, PhD, was named interim president of Florida State University in Tallahassee by the university's board of trustees. Stokes, an organizational psychologist, has been provost at the university since 2011 and before that was a dean at the University of Georgia.
  • The Comparative Cognition Society has given experimental psychologist Ed Wasserman, PhD, its 2015 Research Award for his research on animal cognition. Wasserman is the Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1972. He is the co-editor of "The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition."
  • The American Orthopsychiatric Association has elected Diane J. Willis, PhD, to its board of directors. Willis is an APA fellow and professor emerita in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Among her many contributions to children and psychology, she has served as a consultant to the American Indian Head Start Programs and as president of APA Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy) and 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice). 

DeLeon honored for children's program

The American Academy of Pediatrics awarded its President's Certificate for Outstanding Service to former APA President Patrick DeLeon, PhD, JD. The distinguished professor of medical and clinical psychology and nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences was recognized for his work helping to begin and maintain the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children Program during his time as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). The program aims to improve the pediatric components of the emergency medical services system through program evaluation and review, and by recognizing that children are "more than little adults," DeLeon says. "It is very rewarding to realize that we were able to play a small but significant role in improving the lives of our nation's children."