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In November, the Healthtrac Foundation gave its Health Education Award, along with a prize of $25,000, to Albert Bandura, PhD, the David Starr Jordan professor of social science in psychology at Stanford University.

The award, presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education, is given each year to a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to the field of health promotion through research, program development or program delivery. The foundation selected Bandura for creating self-efficacy theory, which supplies the theoretical base for much of today's evidence-based health education.

Two psychologists are among the five recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2002 Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award, which includes a grant of $300,000 to fund research. Carlo D. DiClemente, PhD, professor and chair of the department of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will use the award money to develop measures that guide and predict the success of drug addiction treatment. James O. Prochaska, PhD, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, plans to study and disseminate best practices in preventing youth from developing alcohol and drug habits. DiClemente and Prochaska are co-creators of the transtheoretical model of change, which seeks to predict treatment outcomes and identify when substance abusers are most ready to be helped.

John F. Feldhusen, PhD, the Robert B. Kane distinguished professor of education emeritus at Purdue University, is the 2002 recipient of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation (MERF) Lifetime Achieve-ment Award. MERF selected Feldhusen for his achievements in research, program and curriculum development, and his leadership and advocacy in the field of human intelligence, giftedness and creativity. His research, the foundation says, "is not only at the forefront of our current body of knowledge but also has impacted the education of gifted and talented students in America and throughout the world." Feldhusen founded Purdue's Gifted Education Resource Institute, which is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the nature and nurture of gifted individuals and serving a diverse population of high-ability students.

In October, the Institute of part of the National Academy of Sciences--elected 65 new members, including three psychologists. The three were James S. Jackson, PhD, Daniel Katz distinguished university professor of psychology, and director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Robert L. Kahn, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology and health-services management and policy, and research scientist emeritus, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and Karen A. Matthews, PhD, professor of psychiatry, epidemiology and psychology, and program director of the cardiovascular behavioral-medicine research-training program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The institute's members, elected on the basis of their professional achievement, serve without compensation in the conduct of studies, conferences and other institute inquiries into matters of national policy for health.

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees named Michael T. Nietzel, PhD, former chair of the psychology department, as the university's first provost. Nietzel has been acting provost since July 2001, when the university switched from a chancellor style of governance to a provost system. As provost, Nietzel is responsible for all aspects of the academic mission of the university, ranging from the admission of students to the administration of the schools and colleges, including the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the research activities of faculty members.

Stephen A. Sands, PsyD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, served as technical adviser and psychological consultant for the film "Analyze That." The sequel to "Analyze This" once again stars Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal as a mobster patient and his psychiatrist. Sands was on the set every day they filmed scenes involving psychological issues. During pre-production, Sands arranged for DeNiro to visit the psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital and meet with patients and psychiatrists to discuss symptoms associated with his character. The actor participated in group therapy sessions with the patients and doctors during many of these visits.

In October, Susan L. Simonds, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Washington State University's Counseling Services Center, performed a one-woman show called "Women's Retreat: Feng Shui for Body, Mind and Soul." Simonds also wrote and directed the show, which she says combines psychology and the Chinese concept of feng shui to present "strategies for reducing stress, in the form of dance, mime, art, yoga and relaxation exercises." Simonds says she created "Women's Retreat" to be an oasis in the fast-paced lives women lead today and plans to conduct similar performances in the future.

Rainer K. Silbereisen, PhD, professor of developmental psychology at the University of Jena in Germany and adjunct professor of human development at Pennsylvania State University, is the new president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. The society was formed in 1969 to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of scientific knowledge about behavioral development throughout the life span.

APA Past-president Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, presented presidential citations in May and September to the following individuals for the contributions and support they gave to American military personnel and operations and our nation while serving in Vietnam:

  • Herman F. Chew, who served as a research and consulting psychologist in Vietnam from December 1966 to February 1967.

  • Charles E. Daly, PhD, who served as a PSYOPS (Psychological Operations) officer in Vietnam from November 1969 to November 1970.

  • Raymond E. Steinkerchner, PhD, who served as a clinical psychologist in Vietnam from November 1968 to November 1969.

APA wants to recognize all psychologists who served in Vietnam. If you or someone you know served, please contact Robert S. Nichols, PhD, at (301) 926-2952; e-mail: drrobtnich@aol.com or Janice H. Laurence, PhD, at (703) 695-5658; e-mail: n130a1@bupers.navy.mil.

Zimbardo also awarded three presidential commendations in September to the following individuals for their leadership and participation in APA's national ACT Against Violence campaign (see ACT article) to prevent early childhood violence:

  • Caroline Carney, PhD, who introduced the first ACT Against Violence local community program in Monterey, Calif. Carney also served as a senior instructor for the ACT Against Violence national training workshops for local community leaders.

  • Lynette Poolman, who launched an ACT Against Violence community program in Kansas City, Mo. Poolman also served as a senior instructor for the ACT Against Violence National Training Workshop for local community leaders.

  • Kathy Ross, who launched a successful ACT Against Violence early violence prevention program in Morris County, N.J.

--M. GREENGRASS AND J. CHAMBERLIN