Dorlen honored for community service

Rutgers University awarded Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology alumna Rosalind Dorlen, PhD, with the 2007 Bloustein Award for Community Service for her work in a community health program that promotes awareness of postpartum depression. She became a spokesperson for the initiative and created Web-based information, patient-educational materials, a list of referral resources, and a consumer brochure on postpartum depression symptoms and treatment options. The program ultimately led to a New Jersey law that requires health-care professionals to screen mothers for postpartum depression. A similar measure has made its way to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Frank wins excellence in teaching award

Oakton Community College presented psychology professor Robert Frank, PhD, with the 2007 Ray Hartstein Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence in Teaching. Frank, chair of Oakton's Behavioral and Social Science department, founded the At-Home Dads Convention, a national conference that provides support for stay-at-home fathers. The cause is close to his heart as he was the primary-care provider for his two children while his wife pursued her career. Frank, who is dyslexic, employs a variety of different learning styles for his classes depending on individual student needs. He finds it important to find discover each student learns best and to teach to that unique style.

VA honors Kerns

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Care Services awarded Robert Kerns, PhD, with the Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership.Kerns, chief of psychology services at the VA Connecticut HealthcareSystem, has spent his career promoting interdisciplinary and integrative care for veterans.

"I am extremely gratified and honored, and I am happy to share the award with my psychologist colleagues who so compassionately and competently care for our military veterans," he says.

Kerns is also known for developing an innovative educational model for translating research into practice in clinical settings.

Two psychologists join APA education staff

Clare Porac, PhD, is APA's new associate executive director for graduate and postgraduate education. Porac oversees the association's Preparing Future Faculty programs, which groom psychology graduate students for their careers. Her office also serves as the APA liaison to organizations related to psychology graduate education, such as the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, and to organizations that deal with general issues of higher education, such as the Council of Graduate Schools. Before coming to APA, Porac taught psychology for 25 years at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and then directed the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pennsylvania State University at Erie.

The Education Directorate also welcomes Steve Sorkin, PhD, who joins APA as associate executive director, continuing education and professional development. He will direct APA's ongoing efforts and initiatives to provide quality continuing education and professional development in psychology. Before joining APA, Sorkin was president of Argosy University, in Washington, D.C., and interim president of Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

Service to steer Canada's mental health strategy

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has appointed John Service, PhD, as executive director of Canada's new Mental Health Commission. The group is charged with facilitating the development of a national mental health strategy and conducting a 10-year anti-stigma campaign, among other goals. Service has been the executive director of the Canadian Psychological Association for the past 14 years.

Yanagi wins 21st Century Distinguished Service Award

The Arc in Hawaii, an organization that works on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities, presented its 21st Century Distinguished Service Award to Garret Yanagi, PhD, for leading Waimano Training School and Hospital in Honolulu, through its transition from a residential facility to a developmental model of treatment and training. Established in the 1950s when most people with intellectual and developmental disabilities were institutionalized, The Arc in Hawaii worked to boost education programs in public schools and residential services in community settings. Its success was both an opportunity and a challenge to the State of Hawaii's Waimano facility, and Yanagi played a key role in the changes that took place over his 22-year tenure there.

"Dr. Yanagi's leadership and regard for the human rights of every individual were instrumental in the transition from institutional to community-based care," noted Arc President Thomas Huber.

American Biographical Institute honors Zuk

The American Biographical Institute selected Gerald H. Zuk, PhD, as one of its "Great Minds of the 21st Century" and "500 Greatest Geniuses of the 21st Century." Zuk is a principal founder of the family therapy field. He created the theory that delusions evolve from belief systems and are the universal core of psychopathology.

-D. Schwartz