In January, the Committee to Study the Listing of Impairments and Agency Access to Medical Expertise invited Allen Heinemann, PhD, president of APA's Div. 22 (Rehabilitation), and Kristofer Hagglund, PhD,the division's past-president, to serve as members.

The committee, part of the Institute of Medicine's Social Security Disability Determination Process, is studying the aspects used to determine people's Social Security disability eligibility.

The U.S. Army promoted psychologist Becky Porter, PhD, to lieutenant colonel in January. Porter, an APA member, is a special assistant to the Army's chief of staff for health care, family programs and education. Gen. Eric Shinseki, the retired Army Chief of Staff, pinned the rank on Porter at her January promotion ceremony.

Porter was promoted, in part, due to her work as the primary architect of the Army's well-being programs.

The Purdue College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association will award 1992 APA President Jack Wiggins, PhD, its Distinguished Alumni Designation this month.

The College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board annually awards the designation to five alumni based on their community service, professional accomplishments and involvement with Purdue University.

Wiggins is a consulting psychologist in Fountain Hills, Ariz. He has also served as an APA Insurance Trust chair.

APA Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) Past-president Diane Willis, PhD, a child and adolescent clinical psychologist in Norman, Okla., was elected president of the American Orthopsychiatric Association in January.

The American Orthopsychiatric Association is an association of mental health professionals concerned with clinical and social justice issues.

Willis will serve two years--one as president and one as past-president.

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents elected Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, its 2005 president at its December meeting.

Zimbardo, who served as APA's 2002 president, began his term on Jan. 1.

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents consists of former and current presidents as well as presidents-elect of more than 60 scientific societies, representing more than 1.5 million members.


First combat psychologist honored--53 years after his service

The U.S. Army awarded Richard H. Blum, PhD, the first combat psychologist to serve in the field as part of the Army's experimental 212th Psychiatric Battalion in the Korean War, with a Bronze Star in January--53 years after problems with his paperwork sidetracked his commanding officer's recommendations for the honor.

"This was one of the few things in life that worked out well for everyone involved," says Blum. "Even if it took 53 years."

The 212th Battalion was the Army's first psychiatric medical unit.

Blum, an APA Fellow, received the honor for spearheading several elements of the battalion's experimental program to diagnose and treat combat psychiatric casualties. The program sought to save soldiers from combat fatigue and help them recuperate more quickly from the war's emotional toll.

After the war, Blum worked as a professor of psychology, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychosocial medicine at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Cambridge. Blum continues to teach in China and is a deputy chairman of the International Commission for a World Equity Court.