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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has appointed psychologist C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, as its first Distinguished Fellow, inaugurating a new program that recognizes outstanding professionals who work to improve the health and heath care of Americans and charges them over a three-year period to provide high-level strategic leadership to the foundation.

Orleans was selected for her work over the past 10 years developing and managing several of RWJF's significant science-based initiatives.

Through the fellowship, Orleans will advise the foundation on promising directions for new research and innovative programs, and synthesize and communicate results of the foundation's research on health promotion and disease prevention to inform key decision-makers in the practice and policy arenas. Orleans will focus on innovative and policy-based strategies for changing health-care systems and community environments to help more Americans adopt healthy lifestyles-thereby reducing preventable death and disease caused by tobacco use and addiction, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet.

"This new role gives her the freedom and the mandate to identify and pursue research and research-related projects, and actively translate findings into national practice and policy," says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and chief executive officer.

Orleans has published exten- sively in the areas of behavioral medicine, tobacco control and clinical prevention. She served as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and on numerous groups to improve health care, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Prior to joining the foundation as its first senior scientist, Orleans served on the faculties of Duke University Medical Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center and as vice president for research and development of Johnson & Johnson's Applied Behavioral Technologies.


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has presented a Troland Research Award to Marvin M. Chun, PhD, a professor in the psychology department, interdepartmental neuroscience program and cognitive science program at Yale University.

The annual research awards of $50,000 recognize unusual achievement in experimental psychology research. Chun won for his creative use of behavioral, brain-imaging and neuropsychological evidence to reveal the interplay of conscious and unconscious processes in perception, memory and learning.


The Council of Credentialing Organizations in Professional Psychology (CCOPP) recognized the contributions of Paul Nelson, PhD, deputy executive director of APA's Education Directorate, at its annual meeting in January. Nelson was recognized for his longtime contributions to the work of CCOPP and his guidance in the development of its mission and purpose.

CCOPP, which meets annually, is an interorganizational group of credentialing organizations in the United States and Canada. The group reviews and coordinates information related to procedures, goals and interests of credentialing organizations for psychologists, with a particular focus on specialization and credentialing in professional psychology. Nelson has represented APA at CCOPP meetings since CCOPP's initiation in 1995.

Nelson also received a certificate at the meeting from the Mexican Psychological Society for his work on the internationalization of professional psychology in North America.

-E. Packard