The International Association for Women's Mental Health honored Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, associate executive director of APA's Public Interest Directorate, for her extensive efforts during the association's Second World Congress on Women's Mental Health, held in March in Washington, D.C.

One of two people to receive an award at the 1,000-person conference, Keita was recognized for her dedication and consistent work for the congress's scientific and organizing program committees.

Keita hosted the organizing committee's first meeting and worked to ensure psychologists were well represented throughout the conference, which hosted mental health professionals across all areas, including psychology. Keita also organized and chaired several convention programs.

The National Academy of Sciences inducted two psychologists, along with 70 other new members from other professions, in April. The induction recognizes the 72 individuals for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Election to membership in the academy--a 141-year-old private organization that often advises the federal government in matters of science or technology--is considered one of the highest honors for a U.S. scientist or engineer.

The two psychologists are:

  • Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, a distinguished professor in the department of psychology and social behavior and the department of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. She is best known for her research on the concepts of false and recovered memories.

  • Walter Mischel, PhD, the Robert Johnson Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology at Columbia University. He is known for challenging the notion of an individual's fixed, underlying personality traits; his theory of "behavior specificity" emphasizes the impact of the environment on people's actions.

Russell Bauer, PhD, a professor in the clinical and health psychology department of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, recently received a University of Florida 2003-2004 Doctoral Dissertation Advisor Mentoring Award.

The award honors excellence, effectiveness and innovation in doctoral dissertation advising. Bauer is the department's associate chair of academic affairs and director of its PhD program. During his 24 years on the faculty at Florida, he has chaired the dissertation committees of 17 students.

One of five faculty members receiving the award, Bauer received a $3,000 prize and another $1,000 to support doctoral students in his department.

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, PhD, recently earned recognition in "Time 100," a special issue of Time Magazine that listed the 100 most influential people in the world today.

Pinker was featured in the magazine's "scientists and thinkers" category for his groundbreaking scholarship in the field of evolutionary psychology, as well as for his ability to pen best-selling books that enrapture the general public as well as academia.

Pinker is perhaps best known for his research into basic human impulses, such as language, which he argues are created through natural selection. Evolutionary psychology challenges the notion of the human mind as a blank slate and says that it is predisposed toward a range of impulses, such as jealousy, love and compassion.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) awarded University of California system President Emeritus Richard C. Atkinson, PhD, its 2004 Public Service Award in March.

The honor recognizes exceptional contributions by elected or appointed public officials who use education research to shape policy. Atkinson received the second annual award at AERA's 85th annual meeting in San Diego.

Atkinson's research focuses on problems of memory, cognition and learning. While president of the University of California system, Atkinson questioned the use of the SAT in college admissions policies.

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) inducted Harvard University psychologist Howard Gardner, PhD, into its ranks as one of nine new academy fellows in April.

Each year AAPSS recognizes social scientists for their distinguished scholarship and professional activities that promote progress in the social sciences. For each new fellow, the academy designates a position named for a distinguished scholar who has contributed to the academy's journal. Gardner, known best for his theory of multiple intelligences, was designated as the Mahatma Gandhi fellow.

APA international affiliate David Bartram, a research director for England-based SHL Group--a company that assists organizations in employee selection, recruitment and promotion--recently received the British Psychological Society's Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology Award.

The award, which recognizes a mid-career psychologist's outstanding contribution to professional and applied psychology practice, honors Bartram's work in developing tests for occupational assessment in the workplace.

In the 1980s, Bartram developed computerized pilot aptitude testing for the British Ministry of Defense. Later, he served as president of the International Test Commission, where he helped to create guidelines for computer-based and Internet testing.

Vivian Ota Wang, PhD, recently became the program director of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Program at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She will oversee the program, focusing on complex traits and behavioral and community research. A fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Ota Wang comes to NIH from Vanderbilt University's Center for Genetics and Health Policy.

Sara Kiesler, PhD, a professor of human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, has been named to the university's Hillman Professorship in Computer Science. Kiesler assumes the chaired position after spending 25 years at the university researching computer-mediated communication, including concepts such as openness in online communication and the social and organizational aspects of technology. She also has helped conduct one of the first investigations of the Internet's social impact on families and edited a book, "Culture of the Internet" (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997).

Nancy A. Shamow, PhD, executive director of the nonprofit Ascent School for Individuals with Autism, received a 2004 Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May.

Under Shamow's leadership, the Ascent School began offering supervised predoctoral practicum training for students in the City University of New York's psychology doctoral program, as well as training opportunities for clinical psychology doctoral students at Long Island University.

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations--an umbrella group of more than 250 organizations of many ethnic heritages, cultures and religions that promotes the cultural diversity of America--presents the annual awards in a ceremony on Ellis Island in New York. Now in their 18th year, the Ellis Island medals honor recipients for their outstanding contributions to America. More than 1,300 people, including six U.S. presidents, have received medals.

The University of Alabama bestowed its highest honor for a faculty member--the Distinguished Research Professor--on psychologist Louis D. Burgio, PhD, director of the university's Applied Gerontology Program and co-director of its Center for Mental Health and Aging.

One of seven of Alabama's 770 faculty members to earn the distinction, Burgio is renowned for his expertise in geropsychology, caregiving and interventions for dementia patients. He focuses on developing protocols for treating caregiver stress and improving nursing home residents' quality of life.

The West Virginia University School of Medicine honored John Linton, PhD, in April with its 2004 Dean's Award for Excellence for his dedicated service to the school. Linton is vice chair and chief psychologist at the school's department of behavioral medicine and psychiatry, as well as director of its predoctoral psychology internship program.

Psychologist Jeffrey Hurst, PhD, became dean of students in April at Weber State University in Utah after serving on an interim basis in that position since June 2003. Hurst first joined the university in 1993 and spent two years as director of its counseling and psychological services center.


100 years of adolescence

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Granville Stanley Hall's landmark work, "Adolescence, its Psychology and its Relation to Physiology, Anthropology, Sociology, Sex, Crime, Religion and Education." After a century, this research by one of APA's founding fathers continues to influence how psychologists view adolescence, say developmental psychologists.

Hall is known for countless achievements--to name a few, he was APA's first president, founder of one of the first American psychology laboratories and teacher of 30 of America's first 54 psychology PhDs--but many also consider him the developer of the adolescent psychology field. In fact, when "Adolescence" was published in 1904, Hall's double-volume set placed adolescence as a distinct concept in people's minds, says Robert Archer, PhD, an adolescent psychology expert at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.

"Prior to the 20th century, there wasn't a clear concept of adolescence," says Archer, who has studied the differences between the MMPI results of adolescents and adults. "Hall fostered the application of psychology to education, single-handedly drawing attention to many of the defining features of adolescent development."

In describing adolescence, Hall said most teenagers have rapid mood swings, often without apparent cause and not indicative of psychopathology. Rather, such "storm and stress" is purely a function of age, as teens explore who they want to become as adults, he said.

And his findings are still on target, says Archer.

"If you look today, those areas--sociology, sex, religion, education--still are central to understanding adolescence," Archer says. "He had isolated all of the key ingredients. Even now, 100 years later, his insights about what characterizes normal adolescent development are amazingly accurate."

Among those commemorating the centennial anniversary of Hall's seminal work is Massachusetts-based Clark University, where Hall served as the school's first president and a psychology professor.

Indeed, Clark psychology department chair and professor Jaan Valsiner, PhD, editor of the journal From Past To Future: Clark Papers on History of Psychology, plans to focus an upcoming issue on the innovations of Hall's colleagues and students.

"Many publications were co-published by him and his students, and no one has picked up these issues and analyzed them," Valsiner says. "The studies done by Hall were so unique, we have failed even now to take them into consideration. The real issue is not what happened in 1904, but what has not yet happened in 2004."