The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Gold Medals for Life Achievement. The Gold Medals will be presented during APA's 2007 Annual Convention on Aug. 18, at 4 p.m.
Patricia M. Bricklin, PhD, of Widener University, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology. Bricklin's contributions stand as a model for all psychologists for a lifetime dedicated to promoting access to psychological services by advocating for ethical practice through local, state and national psychological organizations. Her efforts to develop a 'house for practice' within APA strengthened and transformed psychology practice. Bricklin's accomplishments as a pioneer in media psychology, a clinician, an educator, supervisor, mentor, friend and supporter, as well as a tireless advocate for the profession, are countless and unsurpassed.
Irving I. Gottesman, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Medical School, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology, in recognition of his extraordinary impact on the field both through conceptual innovations and empirical work. Gottesman made substantial contributions to the studies of schizophrenia, criminal behavior and personality, and applauds his vision and action in bringing psychology, psychiatry and genetics together in innovative ways. An inquisitive scientist, a man of ideas, a creative researcher, an inspiring mentor and a constantlyengaged scholar, Gottesman influenced multiple scientific fields and helped to bring them together in a mutually enriching fashion, actively molding the landscape of modern science. His work has also promoted the rights of mentally ill people and has helped the public appreciate the course and the etiology of mental disorders.
Rhoda K. Unger, PhD, of Brandeis University, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. She is most noted as an author of influential books and theoretical articles on the psychology of women and gender, in leadership roles in APA's social justice divisions, as founding editor of the electronic journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and as mentor to legions of students and junior colleagues who later made their own contributions in the public interest. Her incisive analyses of social problems have transformed social psychology and laid the foundations for the emergingfield of feminist psychology.
McCay Vernon, PhD, emeritus professor at McDaniel College, will receive the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology. Vernon's exploration of the psychosocial aspects of deafness, his challenges to poor educational practices, his encouragement of deaf people and his continued fight to ensure legal rights for those who are deaf have changed the way deafness and people who are deaf are perceived. Because of his commitment to these issues, today's generation of deaf people have far greater opportunities than their parents ever hoped for.
--Compiled by APF staff