Karen Hascom, PhD, is the recipient of the APA International Humanitarian Award. Hascom is the founder and director of Advocates for Survivors of Trauma and Torture (ASTT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to treating torture survivors who have immigrated to the United States. In 1998, Hascom was asked to work with the Guatemala Human Rights Commission in order to train local healers in the treatment of survivors of torture and trauma. She spends 12 weeks each year in Guatemala conducting training sessions. Also to Hascom's credit is the development of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.
Congratulations to Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, who was recently appointed dean of the Graduate School for Health Studies at Simmons College in Boston. Koocher, who currently serves as APA's treasurer, is an associate professor and chief psychologist at the Harvard Medical School Children's Hospital.
He has a unique background that is apparent in his work; it includes course work at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health. His research has primarily concerned the psychological aspects of children and the law, development of children's conceptions of death and illness and adaptation to chronic medical illness. Koocher is also well-known for his work in ethics.
Robert Troutwine, PhD, has become football fans' latest icon. Troutwine fell into the mainstream when he began doing profiling for NFL teams, such as the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers. These teams have recruited him to interview and assess potential players. Troutwine has had tremendous success in matching players and teams, including correctly predicting how players Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning would play for the Indianapolis Colts. He became known for his nontraditional approach to profiling, which includes a 75-question survey that contains questions such as, "Would you rather be a cat or a dog?" Troutwine's success in profiling is the result of two decades of working as a hired profiler for corporations and projecting whether or not an employee would fit a company's mold.