Sharon Brehm, PhD, has been named chancellor of the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Brehm is known for her work in advancing issues concerning women, minorities and technology in undergraduate programs at Ohio University, Harpur College and the University of Kansas. Among her accomplishments are the development of an International Studies Certificate Program, with affiliates in Africa and Asia, and the Center for Innovation in Technology for Learning at Ohio University.

As of July 1, A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, will begin her term as the new provost and chief academic officer of Howard University. Since 1994, Caldwell-Colbert has served as the associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Illinois. Caldwell-Colbert is listed among Who's Who in American Education and American Women for her dedication to counseling students in personal growth.

Jay O. Casey, MD, and Jack Melamed, PhD, served on Maryland's Drug Treatment Task Force, at the request of Gov. Paris Glendening. Co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the group was commissioned to study and make recommendations for expanding drug and alcohol treatment in the public sector. Casey is chief of psychology and substance abuse at the Patuxent Institute. Melamed is a private practitioner in Bethesda, Md.

As a result of the task force's work, Glendening recommended an immediate increase of $22 million for public treatment services.

Leonard Jason, PhD, a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, has recently concluded important research on smoking prevention and the effectiveness of Oxford Houses, a national program of more than 160 houses where recovering alcoholics live communally and offer each other social support networks.

The Effects of Enforcement and Possession Laws on Youth Prevalence study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to determine which types of punitive policies are most effective in reducing smoking rates among youth. Jason was also funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, to examine the relationship between abstinence support, development of self-efficacy and successful abstention from alcohol abuse. Jason's research found the Oxford House model has been successful because it provides an environment for individuals to acquire the skills to control sobriety throughout their lives.

To access Jason's research, go to his Web site:

Kennebrew and Rich win prestigious future leaders award

In recognition of her leadership in teaching and learning and strong commitment to academic and civic responsibilities, Sigrid Kennebrew was selected as a K. Patricia Cross Future Leader by the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE).

Kennebrew is one of seven doctoral students selected each year by AAHE. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia. Kennebrew gained particular recognition as a participant in the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program, a new initiative by APA, the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of Colleges and Universities.

PFF is a national program that works at the doctoral level to develop aspiring faculty members by giving doctoral students the opportunity to experience faculty life at several diverse institutions.

Kennebrew has a record of service that made her a prime candidate for the PFF program and the AAHE award. She has done extensive work with C.L.A.A.S--Continuing the Legacy of African American Students--a mentoring program to enhance student performance. Kennebrew also does volunteer counseling at the Athens (Ga.) Area Homeless Shelter and teaches a graduate-level course in the community counseling program at North Georgia College and State University.

Brendan Rich, a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida (UF), has been recognized as a K. Patricia Cross Future Leader for his commitment to clinical child psychology. He has experience teaching third-grade children and graduate level classes, and has done extensive research on children with learning disabilities.

In March 2000, UF awarded Rich a research grant to study programs offered by Project Back on Track, an afterschool intervention program for juvenile offenders. The university awarded him a second grant in March 2001 for his study, "Measuring adolescent psychopathy using the child behavior checklist and the youth self-report," which focused on children and adolescents with conduct problems and anxiety disorders.

In addition to his studies at UF, Rich is also an alumnus of Vassar College and the University College, London. Currently, Rich is a research assistant at the Fear and Anxiety Clinic and the Child Study Lab at the UF department of psychology. He also works with Project Back on Track, developing a community mentoring program and directing group therapy sessions with juvenile offenders.