Laura Barbanel, EdD, represented APA at a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin-istration national summit in New York City entitled "When Terror Strikes" in November. The summit was convened to share what is known and what isn't about recovery, resilience and readiness. Barbanel assisted in developing recommendations for children and families that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies will use to develop action plans.
Susan E. Brandon, PhD, is APA's new senior scientist, a post created by the Science Directorate in 1993 to bring active researchers to work on behalf of APA for a two-year period. With a special interest in supporting and promoting basic research in psychology, Brandon will lobby for such research at the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies that either have supported basic science in psychology or might be encouraged to do so. She also will work within APA to promote public understanding of the importance of such research.
Brandon served for one year as acting assistant dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University before coming to APA. She earned her PhD from the University of Hawaii in 1979, was an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University in New York from 1980-85, and a lecturer and research associate in the department of psychology-behavioral neuroscience at Yale University from 1985 to the present. Her research is in computational theories of learning and memory.
Brandon replaces Nancy Dess, PhD, who left APA in July to return to her position as professor and chair of psychology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and to an active research program in motivational and emotional processes in rats and humans.
Margaret A. Chesney, PhD, and Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, are two of 60 members who were elected to the Institute of Medicine in recognition of their contributions to health and social science. As members, Chesney, a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, and Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor and director of the division of health psychology at Ohio State University, will participate in the institute's governance and serve on several committees to oversee studies on various health policy issues.
Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD, will receive the Hawaii Psychological Association's first Lifetime Achieve-ment Award. De-Leon, APA's 2000 president, has been on the staff of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) since 1974. His career has been marked by significant achievements in helping health-care workers secure Medicare reimbursement for outpatient mental health services and establishing the emergency medical service system, which helps emergency rooms provide the best physical and psychosocial care for children.
As APA president, DeLeon championed prescription privileges for psychologists and sought to increase women's presence in science and technology, among other priorities.
Louise Evans, PhD, is among 2,000 scientists selected to be International Scientists of the Year 2001 and awarded a Gold Medal of Excellence by the International Biographical Center in England. Evans was recognized for her work as a consultant to local hospitals in Fullerton, Calif., where she has advised on mental health services since the 1960s.
She founded the Orange County Society of Clinical Psychologists and the Orange County Psychological Association, and arranged for psychologists to offer pro bono services to the Salvation Army and the California Probation Department. She has served as an officer, director or chair for more than 20 scientific organizations, including the International Council of Psychologists, focusing on issues ranging from standards for training and practice to insurance coverage for mental health services.
Valerie F. Reyna, PhD, was appointed senior research adviser in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) of the U.S. Department of Education. Her primary duties will be to assure that OERI-sponsored research meets "high standards of scientific quality" and provides information that can improve education.
Reyna was previously a professor of surgery, medicine, biomedical engineering, Mexican-American studies and women's studies at the University of Arizona. Her research focused on false memories in children and risky decision-making in youth. Reyna has also served as president of the Arizona Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, president of the Association of Women Faculty and a member of the Arizona Governor's Task Force on Educational Reform.
Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, has been honored with the first Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation in recognition of his significant efforts to build awareness of the health of people with brain injuries and their families. Rosenthal is well-known for creating the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems program and later serving as project director of the Traumatic Brain Injury National Data Center. He is also a founding member of the Brain Injury Association and is vice president of the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation.
C.R. Snyder, PhD, has been named the M. Erik Wright Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, where he has served as director of the clinical psychology program since 1974. Much of Snyder's career has focused on positive psychology and developing theoretical models of uniqueness-seeking, negotiation of reality and excusing. He recently created the Hope Scale, which measures individual differences in goal-directed thinking.
Snyder was awarded the 2001 Scientific Achievement Award for significant contributions to the field of psychology by the Kansas Psychological Association.