George Albee, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Vermont and 1970 APA president, is a 2003 visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society. In March, Albee will speak at a conference in Scotland concerning the prevention of mental disorders, and then will lecture at universities around the United Kingdom.
Robert H. Bruininks, PhD, professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will be the university's next president. Bruininks, who was executive vice president and provost for five years, has served the university in various positions for 35 years. His administrative leadership includes nine years of departmental administration and six years as dean of the university's college of education and human development.
In December, Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, a clinical psychologist from Princeton, N.J., and a member of APA's Board of Directors, and Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Practice Residency Program in Springfield, Pa., joined an expert panel on caregiving for individuals with cancer at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Goodheart and Jacobs were part of a panel of 13 experts representing such cancer caregiving issues as dealing with emotional challenges, the economics of caregiving and national and state caregiving initiatives. Goodheart is currently on sabbatical in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville awarded its 2003 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology to Daniel Kahneman, PhD, the Nobel Prize-winning professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University, and posthumously to Kahneman's research partner, Amos Tversky, who was a professor of behavioral sciences at Stanford University. The $200,000 prize recognizes the two men for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of decision-making--ideas that the foundation says have ultimately affected all social sciences and many related disciplines.
Clinical psychologist Rodger Kessler, PhD, has been named chair of the medical staff care-management committee at the Central Vermont Medical Center. The committee seeks to identify evidence-based medical protocols relevant to hospital practice and implement them. Kessler is the first psychologist to chair a medical staff committee at the center.
The Hazelden Foundation gave its 2002 Dan Anderson Research Award and a $2,000 honorarium to Robert J. Meyers, PhD, associate director of the clinical research branch of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction at the University of New Mexico. Meyers received the award for a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology that compared programs for families of drug users that help family members get their loved ones into a treatment program. Meyers found that his method was twice as effective as the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anononymous twelve-step approach.
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, PhD, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester, was one of five recipients of the Nathaniel Award, given to those who have "gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of justice." The award--for which recipients are chosen by representatives of Rochester's legal community--acknowledged Pedro-Carroll for her work as director of program development at the Children's Institute and with children of separation and divorce. The Nathaniel Award is sponsored by The Daily Record, a Rochester newspaper.
Three researchers received a $2 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to strengthen teacher preparation programs. James Pellegrino, PhD, and Susan Goldman, PhD, professors of psychology and education and co-directors of the Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will direct the grant, along with David Cordray, PhD, professor of public policy and psychology at Vanderbilt University. The goal of the four-year project is to learn how best to teach prospective teachers to use technology, assess the impact on student learning and answer questions of what works, for whom and why.
"We're trying to get an idea of how the integration of technology into the learning of new teachers can create benefits for all," Goldman said. "Given that we live in an information society, we are doing students a disservice if they're not being prepared with technology literacies."
Ann Webster, PhD, director of the cancer and HIV/AIDS program at the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was named a finalist for the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award, given by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center. The annual award recognizes a Massachusetts caregiver who provides "compassionate health care in which caregivers, patients and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to caregivers and sustenance to the healing process." Webster was cited for her efforts to teach self-care techniques and better communication skills to chronically ill patients.