The American Psychological Foundation (APF) will honor Douglas A. Bernstein, PhD, with its 2002 award for the Distinguished Teaching of Psychology, at the APF-APA Awards Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 23 during APA's Annual Convention in Chicago, in the Waldorf Room of the Chicago Hilton and Towers.
Bernstein, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, will deliver an award address, "Confessions of an accidental teacher," at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in meeting room E253a, on Aug. 24, at 11 a.m.
Initially in his career, Bernstein focused on the modification of smoking behavior and later on the measurement and treatment of anxiety. But over the years, his interests turned toward the teaching of psychology and promoting excellence in that arena. In 1978, he spoke at the first annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, and joined its program committee in 1979. In 1994, he founded the American Psychological Society's Preconference Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and, in 2000, he helped plan the first annual summer National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology.