Science Leadership Conference

During the 2005 Science Leadership Conference, APA honored eight psychologists whose efforts to promote the science of psychology stand out. APA Board of Scientific Affairs chair Roberta Klatzky, PhD, presented four Meritorious Service Awards-which honor program officers in federal research agencies-and two Awards for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. APA 2005 President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, also presented two presidential citations at the meeting.

  • Robert Bjork, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, won an Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science for his longtime contributions to psychology and cognitive science through leadership, scholarship, teaching and journal editing.

  • Susan Brandon, PhD, earned a presidential citation for her commitment to promoting counter-terrorism research both as APA's senior scientist and on the staff of the White House senior science adviser.

  • Susan Chipman, PhD, of the U.S. Office of Naval Research, won a Meritorious Service Award for mentoring early-career researchers and for her commitment to protecting her office's behavioral research funding.

  • Mary Ellen Oliveri, PhD, of the National Institute of Mental Health, won a Meritorious Service Award for her advocacy of basic behavioral science within the institute. Oliveri was unable to accept her award in person.

  • J. Bruce Overmier, PhD, of the University of Minnesota and APA's Board of Directors, won an Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science for his more than 40 years of service to psychology as a teacher, mentor, leader and scholar.

  • Wanda Ward, PhD, earned a presidential citation for her commitment to enhancing diversity in the science and technology work force as deputy director of the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

  • Cora Lee Wetherington, PhD, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, won a Meritorious Service Award for her work to ensure that women are included in studies on drug abuse.

  • Ellen Diane Witt, PhD, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, won a Meritorious Service Award for her work to expand the institute's behavioral research portfolio.

-J. Chamberlin