Austria recognized for teaching excellence, leadership

Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin awarded Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD, the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, given to faculty who have enhanced the university's teaching climate through model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development or instructional support. Among her many contributions, Austria developed the university's psychology graduate program, created most of the department's courses, and launched the student newsletter and honorary society. She also established and developed the first Institutional Review Board and served as its chair for many years.

Austria is a member of the APA Council of Representatives from Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and chair of the Diversity Committee of Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).

Blatt wins coveted Sigourney award for research contributions

Sidney J. Blatt, PhD, of Yale University has received the 2006 Mary S. Sigourney Foundation Award, the most distinguished international award for contributions to psychoanalysis.

Over the past 40 years, Blatt's research has been based on the assumption that many psychiatric disorders are not separate diseases, but disturbances that derive from disruptions of normal psychological development--specifically, disruptions in the development of interpersonal relatedness and of a coherent and essentially positive sense of self.

Jacobson wins $1.5 million NIH innovator award

Kristen C. Jacobson, PhD, of the University of Chicago, was the only psychologist of 29 recipients who won the 2007 $1.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, which recognizes new scientists who have not yet received an RO1 or similar grant.

Jacobson will use the money to study the interactive effects biology and genetics have on adolescent behavior as well as the ways family, peer and neighborhood characteristics contribute to adolescent problem behaviors. She is especially interested in how interactions between risk and protective factors are associated with socioeconomic and racial or ethnic differences in problem behavior, and in how environmental effects, particularly stress, get "inside the body" to influence biological processes.

Reid named as Saint Joseph College's new president

Saint Joseph College in Connecticut named developmental psychologist Pamela T. Reid, PhD, as its next president. Since 2004, Reid has been provost at Roosevelt University, where she worked with faculty and administrative colleagues to enhance academic quality and promote diversity, and established the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Taking the job also places Reid in a very small group of college presidents married to other presidents. Reid will take office at Saint Josephs in early 2008, the same time her husband, Irvin D. Reid, plans to finish his presidency at Wayne State University.

--D. Schwartz