Paula J. Caplan, PhD, has written "The Test," a one-act play that examines life for inmates with mental retardation on death row.
Described as "riveting" by off-off-Broadway critics, the play emphasizes how the justice system relies on I.Q. tests as representations of intelligence and uses these tests to determine whether or not a prisoner has a mental disability and will be executed.
Caplan says she was inspired by the true story of a man who was executed because he scored one point too high on an I.Q. test to be considered to have mental retardation. After hearing the inmate's story, "I was haunted by the story. Scores should not be taken to be absolute representations of a person's intelligence level, but that's exactly what the courts do."
Caplan, an affiliated scholar at Brown University, is also the author of "Call Me Crazy," "Love's Hollow," "Only a Door" and "Shades."
Kevin Dwyer, NCSP, senior advisor for prevention and children's mental health at the National Mental Health Association, has received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dwyer, a former president of the NASP, has served as a school psychologist in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties, to more than 10,000 children, youth and families. In 1997, his work was pivotal in the passage of the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Act.
Irving Gottesman, PhD, was honored by students and peers during his June festschrift. Gottesman is recognized internationally for his work in schizophrenia, behavior genetics of personality and psychopathology. His research focuses on genetic principles and how genetic factors interact with environmental factors to lead to psychopathology. In 1967, Gottesman was the first psychologist to apply the polygenic and threshold models of inheritance to psychopathology. Gottesman was recently awarded the 2001 APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese Society for Psychiatric Genes.
Daniel Kahneman, PhD, and James L. McClelland, PhD, were elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May 1 "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," according to the academy.
Of the 82 newly elected members, Kahneman and McClelland were the only psychologists. Kahneman has served as a visiting scientist and professor at various institutions such as Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology at Princeton University.
McClelland is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He also co-directs the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, where he is currently conducting research to identify the specialized roles played by different parts of the brain in memory.
Jennifer Veitch, PhD, received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Veitch's research focused on the relationship between lighting and behavioral research methods and the effect of luminous environments on occupants. Her work resulted in the development of criteria for lighting design that benefits people and the environment and is internationally recognized by the lighting industry. Veitch is a research officer in the NRC's Indoor Environment Research Program.
Philip Zimbardo, PhD, received a Mental Health Award for research from Psychology Today. The award was established to honor eight living individuals who have advanced mental health awareness and treatment in the United States. Zimbardo, APA's president-elect, has served on the faculties of Yale University, New York University and Columbia University, and is currently a professor of psychology at Stanford University.