Jean Carter, PhD, was given an APA Presidential Citation at the January APA Division Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C., for her outstanding efforts to promote and improve communication among APA divisions and between the divisions and APA.
Carter chaired the Committee on Divisions/APA Relations in 1997, the year that APA celebrated 50 years of APA divisions. As chair, she planned events throughout the year to encourage division collaboration. Carter also rejuvenated the annual Division Leadership Conference, colleagues say, and spearheaded the development of the Interdivisional Grants Project, which funds collaborative projects among divisions. One such project was the first National Multicultural Conference and Summit, held in January 1999, to bring together psychologists committed to multiculturalism and shape guidelines for multicultural competence and initiated by Divs. 17 (Counseling), 35 (Women) and 45 (Ethnic Minority Issues). Carter has also played a leading role in the revitalization of the Practice Roundtable of Divisions.
In addition to her leadership across division lines, Carter is president of Div. 17 and founder of the division's section for independent practice. She is the former federal advocacy coordinator and is currently secretary for Div. 42 (Independent Practice), and serves on the publications board of Div. 29 (Psychotherapy).
The psychologist who launched several programs that significantly improved mental health services in federal prisons has retired. Thomas J. Fagan, PhD, former coordinator of clinical training for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, had served the bureau for 23 years.
Fagan began as an intern and held positions as staff psychologist, chief psychologist and Northeast regional psychology administrator before becoming coordinator for clinical training in 1991, where he headed all the bureau's mental health training programs.
He launched several programs that today are an integral part of mental health services in the federal prison system--he developed national standards for training hostage negotiators and played a key role in establishing psychology internships and postdoctoral fellowships in the prison system.
"Tom Fagan greatly enhanced the quality of mental health training in the Federal Bureau of Prisons," says Robert Ax, PhD, Fagan's mentee and former colleague at the bureau.
Fagan is also credited with fostering a more positive relation ship between the federal prison system and APA.
During retirement, Fagan will be an associate director at CorEx, a company that provides consultation and training to correctional and law-enforcement agencies. He'll also teach part time at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.
Michael Fenichel, PhD, has been voted president-elect of the International Society of Mental Health Online (ISMHO). The society was formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use and development of online communication, information and technology for international mental health professionals. He'll serve as the president of ISMHO in 2001.
As president, Fenichel plans to expand funding for the society to promote research on online mental health. For more information on ISMHO, visit the society's Web site at www.ismho.org.
Fenichel has a private practice in New York City and publishes a Web site on current topics in psychology that can be found at www.fenichel.com.
Elizabeth Gould, PhD, of Princeton University, and Earl K. Miller, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), are this year's recipients of the National Academy of Science's prestigious Troland Awards. The Troland Awards honor outstanding young experimental psychologists for excellent and innovative research. The tribute comes with a $35,000 prize to further each recipient's research.
Gould, an assistant professor in the Princeton psychology department, won for her discoveries about neurogenesis in adult mammals and its modulation by hormones, neurotransmitters and experience.
Miller, an associate professor in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, was chosen for his research on working memory and its neurological basis in the prefrontal cortex.
Anne E. Kazak, PhD, has been appointed director of psychology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. As department head, Kazak will focus on developing new services for children and adolescents and on training the next generation of pediatric psychologists.
Kazak is also a professor and director of psychology research in the department of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia, a joint venture between Columbia University and the private sector, has selected Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD, for its first Distinguished Scholars Award for her efforts to promote excellence in women's health and gender-specific medicine.
Kearney-Cooke is the director of the Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute, as well as an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Miami, Oxford. Kearney is a scholar for Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia, where she developed a program to help teen-agers called the Helping Girls Become Strong Women Project. She has lectured at more than 150 conferences on the treatment of eating disorders and self-esteem of adolescent girls.
Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia promotes research on gender-specific medicine and develops educational programs that communicate research findings to health-care professionals and the public.
Maxine Lubner, PhD, appeared on Dateline NBC to speak about the psychological evaluation of pilots in the aftermath of the EgyptAir plane crash in November. Lubner answered questions about pilot screening procedures and commented on the theory that the pilot crashed the plane to commit suicide.
Lubner chairs the aircraft operations department at the College of Aeronautics, an aeronautics institute located at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y. Lubner holds a private pilot's certificate and earned her doctorate in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University, specializing in aviation psychology.
Anna Marsh, PhD, is the new director of the Division of Administrative Services (DAS), the administrative arm of the Office of Program Services (OPS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). Marsh has worked at SAMHSA for 15 years, most recently as the deputy director of the Office of Applied Studies.
OPS provides leadership in the development and management of SAMHSA prevention and treatment programs. As DAS director, Marsh will oversee division resources and special analytical assignments and help develop and implement SAMHSA administrative and management policies.
Pierre Ritchie, PhD, was honored with an APA Presidential Citation at the January meeting of the Psychology Executives Roundtable (PER) in Washington, D.C., for his long-standing commitment to organized psychology in North America.
Ritchie, a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, played a key role in the growth of APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and in the organization of state and provincial psychological associations as a powerful voice for practitioners, say colleagues. He is the former executive director of the Canadian Psychological Association and is the current executive director of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In both roles he has negotiated for greater access to, better regulation of and increased funding for psychological services.
PER was created to unite the presidents and chief executive officers of all the national psychology organizations operating in North America.
--COMPILED BY J. CHAMBERLIN