Esteemed scholars and clinicians, psychology pioneers and APA staff received recognition at APA's Annual Convention.
APA President Norine G. Johnson, PhD, and Past-president Pat DeLeon, PhD, honored many of psychology's most valuable contributors with Presidential Citations at APA's 2001 Annual Convention in August.
Award winners were recognized for a range of accomplishments, including contributions to research and practice, dedication to APA governance, commitment to fostering psychology students and groundbreaking work in health care.
Meet the 2001 Presidential Citation honorees:
Ruth Hubbard Cousins, former executive director of psychology's national honor society, Psi Chi, was honored by Johnson for her dedication to Psi Chi and psychology students and faculty. Under Cousins's direction between 1958 and 1991, Psi Chi's membership grew by more than 500 percent and the honor society earned acceptance into the Association of College Honor Societies.
Primatologist Frans B.M. de Waal, PhD, of Emory University, earned a citation from Johnson for his scholarly contributions to knowledge about non-human primates. "His observations and scholarly treatises, detailing what the human animal shares with other animals in terms of culture and the capacity for learning and change, remind us that we are most special when we see ourselves in the world around us," read his citation.
Family physician Tilman Farley, MD, was honored by Johnson for developing a groundbreaking system of integrated health care for Mexican migrant workers at his community health center in Colorado. Farley's system brings together health and mental health professionals from Mexico and Colorado to provide comprehensive, high-quality health care to these workers.
APA staff member Nancy B. Forest earned a citation from Johnson for her 14 years of dedication to APA staff and governance. Forest co-developed APA's highly successful consolidated meeting structure, helped established APA's governance-staff interaction guidelines and "has been an ardent and effective advocate for graduate student participation in APA," her citation says.
Esteemed scientist Fred Gage, PhD, was recognized by Johnson for his seminal research on the birth of new neurons in the adult brain and for "the potential his extraordinary work has to alleviate degenerative neurological diseases and to keep the human mind healthy." His citation also acknowledged his leadership in the field of neuroscience and his commitment to training up-and-coming scientists.
Psychology Today founding editor T George Harris earned recognition from DeLeon for having generated national enthusiasm for and broad understanding of psychology through his leadership of the magazine. "Whereas George Miller said that psychologists should give psychology away, it was T George Harris who convinced people that gift was worth receiving," read the citation.
Distinguished scientist Donald A. Norman, PhD, was cited by Johnson for his scholarly and applied contributions to the understanding of human cognition and the interaction among technology, cognition and performance. "His attention to improving the design of everyday things reminds us that the most functional technology is human-centered," read his citation.
Mexican psychologist Susan Pick, PhD, earned a citation from Johnson for her exceptional contributions to family planning and healthy sexuality. Pick has helped more than 40,000 women and children in Latin America and other regions through her innovative sexuality education materials and her curriculum for children and adolescents on healthy sexuality and AIDS/HIV prevention.
Author, clinician and researcher William Pollack, PhD, earned recognition from Johnson for his longtime contributions to the psychology of men and boys. His work has "focused long overdue attention on the inner emotional experiences of boys and has had a profound impact upon how we raise, teach and relate to boys, helping us to understand the mask of masculinity," read the citation.
Military psychologist James Campbell Quick, PhD, was honored by Johnson for his significant contributions to the understanding of the impact of stress on workers and for helping to shape the field of occupational health psychology as the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
Johnson recognized Carol Tracy for founding Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Inspired by her mother, former Psi Chi executive director Ruth Hubbard Cousins (see above), Tracy has led the honor society as executive director for 20 years and facilitated its acceptance into the Association of College Honor Societies.
Judith Wallerstein, PhD, earned recognition from Johnson for her contributions to research and clinical practice in the area of families in transition. Her landmark study on children of divorce is "an immeasurable contribution to psychology and to the public," read the citation.