In Brief

Five psychologists have received the APA Board of Scientific Affairs' first annual Meritorious Research Citations, which recognize outstanding service to psychological science by psychologists in the federal government.

"These are scientists who have left academic careers and have modulated their own research in order to provide the care, diligence and creativity needed to nurture psychological science," said APA Past-president Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, who helped present the awards in December. "Our own Members may not be entirely aware of how pivotal the contributions of these dedicated scientists are to the survival and growth of psychology as a science."

The 2002 awardees are:

  • Robert Croyle, PhD. Croyle is the associate director of the Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute. He was commended for championing the development of cutting-edge intervention research for such complex health behaviors as smoking, nutrition and exercise.

  • Sarah Friedman, PhD. Friedman is shepherding the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Now in its 12th year, the groundbreaking longitudinal study involves 10 sites and 1,200 children who have been followed since birth.

  • David Shurtleff, PhD. Shurtleff was recognized for his work at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, where he increased support for behavioral researchers and played an instrumental role in initiating and promoting research on treatment strategies for drug abuse.

  •  Joseph Young, PhD. Young is retiring as the human cognition and perception program officer in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was recognized for his nearly 30 years of service and support for cognitive science and research funding at NSF, as well as work at the Office of Naval Research.

  • Rodney Cocking, PhD. Cocking was posthumously awarded a citation for his varied service in the federal government, most recently as a program officer for the Learning and Developmental Sciences Program at NSF. He was also the initial staff director for the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences and the Basic Behavioral Science Program on Cognition and Learning at the National Academy of Sciences.

To nominate a psychologist for the 2003 awards, submit a nomination packet--a letter of nomination that is no more than two pages and describes the individual's contributions, a curriculum vitae and three letters of support with at least two from outside the nominee's organization--to Suzanne Wandersman, APA Science Directorate, at the APA address; (202) 336-6000; e-mail.

--D. SMITH