Molfese receives distinguished faculty award

In March, Victoria Molfese, PhD, received a 2006 President's Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Louisville, her employer for seven years. The award honors faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching, service or outstanding scholarship, research and creative activity and carries with it a $1,000 prize and recognition at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Molfese received the award in the social science category. She holds the Ashland/Nystrand Chair of Early Childhood Education. Her work includes research on children's learning in language, reading and mathematics; biomedical risk assessment and infant development; intelligence and achievement assessments for young children; and the role of maternal and infant risk factors in child development. She focuses on early identification of preschool children at risk for developmental delays to maximize the benefits of intervention.

Davidson makes Time list of Top 100 People

Time magazine listed psychologist Richard Davidson, PhD, in its third annual Top 100 People in its May 8 issue. Included in the listing are those Time considers the world's most influential leaders and revolutionaries, scientists and thinkers, heroes and pioneers, builders and titans, and artists and entertainers.

Davidson was selected for the scientists and thinkers category. His research explores neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to change over time. Davidson has found in brain monitoring of Tibetan monks that meditation appears to change the way different parts of the brain work. He's found that the left prefrontal cortex is particularly connected to a state of deep meditation.

Davidson directs the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also is a Mind and Life Institute Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board member. In 2000, he received APA's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Andrew Weil, MD, nominated Davidson and wrote his profile, "East Meets West in His Laboratory." Weil calls Davidson a pioneer in the frontier of mind-body medicine for his collaboration with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhist monks. Weil suggests that Davidson's studies may lead to new therapeutic approaches for mood and anxiety disorders.

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Chin appointed dean of Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies

In June, Jean Lau Chin, EdD, became dean of the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. Chin was previously systemwide dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Chin holds a school psychology doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and she currently serves on APA's Council of Representatives and Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. She has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator and administrator in higher education and health and mental health services. Her interests include women's and ethnic-minority issues, community-based services and underserved populations. Her recent book "The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination" (Praeger Publishers, 2004) won the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association in 2005.

She is also president of CEO Services, which provides consulting, educational and organizational services with an emphasis on cultural competence and diverse populations.

Cameron receives Sally R. Cameron Award

In Charlotte, N.C., in April, the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) awarded Sally R. Cameron the first annual Sally R. Cameron Award for her legislative and governmental advocacy, public education, mental health promotion, coalition building and collaborative leadership during her 25 years of NCPA service.

Cameron became NCPA's first executive director in February 1981 after working for seven years in the North Carolina Division of Mental Health and for three years as leader of the Mental Health Association of North Carolina. Cameron has helped to maintain strong licensing laws in North Carolina, to increase reimbursement rates for psychologists and to secure Medicaid reimbursement for master's-level providers, said Ann Louise Barrick, PhD, NCPA's president, when she presented the award to Cameron.

As executive director of NCPA, Cameron was a founding member and chair of the Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness and the N.C. Mental Health Care Coalition. In addition, she was appointed by the governor to serve on the Legislative Study Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse from 1997 to 2001.

Cameron has also worked to strengthen the role of state organizations in APA governance by helping to found the Council of State and Provincial Psychological Associations, of which she's a former chair and a current Executive Committee member. In addition, she chairs the council's Continuing Education Committee. She has also served on APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and received an APA Presidential Citation in 2005 in recognition of her work on behalf of psychology as NCPA executive director.

Psychologists inducted into National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

In April, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates, including two psychologists, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

One of those elected was Rochel Gelman, PhD, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Rutgers. Also co-director of cognitive science at Rutgers, Gelman's research interests include developmental cognitive science, including the theory of concepts; domain- relevant concept learning and conceptual change; causal principles; verbal and nonverbal representations and rerepresentations of arithmetic; representational tools; and math and science literacy.

Also elected to the academy was Edward H. Adelson, PhD, professor of vision science in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Adelson's research interests include human perception related to lightness and transparency, motion perception and the perception of surfaces and materials, and machine vision and image processing.

Also in April, the following psychologists were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Social and Developmental Psychology and Education Class:

  • Richard Aslin, PhD, University of Rochester.

  • Randolph Blake, PhD, Vanderbilt University.

  • William Greenough, PhD, University of Illinois.

  • Reid Hastie, PhD, University of Chicago.

  • E. Tory Higgins, PhD, Columbia University.

  • Rachel Keen, PhD, University of Massachusetts.

  • Joseph LeDoux, PhD, New York University.

  • Nora Newcombe, PhD,Temple University.

 Saul begins new post at CDC

In May, psychologist Janet Saul, PhD, took the helm as chief of the Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control-part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saul has worked with DVP since 2001 as the team leader of the Research Synthesis and Application Team in DVP's Program Implementation and Dissemination Branch. In that position, she developed, led and managed a program of research, program evaluation and technical assistance that bridges the violence-prevention science and practice fields, says DVP Director W. Rodney Hammond, PhD.

Before coming to DVP, Saul was a research psychologist with the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. She received her doctorate in community psychology from Georgia State University.

--E. Packard