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The University of Oklahoma named APA member David Wanser, PhD, a 2005 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Wanser, who earned from Oklahoma a bachelor's degree in journalism, master's degree in human relations and doctoral degree in psychology, is the deputy commissioner for behavior and community health at the Texas Department of State Health Services as well as a health consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Mental Health Services.

In March, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWIC) in Washington, D.C., named APA member Daniel Holland, PhD, an East European Studies Program Research Scholar.

As a research scholar, Holland will research disability activism's influence on civil society in postcommunist Eastern Europe.

Holland is the first clinical psychologist to be named a WWIC East European Studies Research Scholar.

In March, the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) awarded APA member Michael D. Yapko, PhD, its Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence, a recognition for Yapko's careerlong contributions to hypnosis.

Yapko is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Fallbrook, Calif.

ISH is a multidisciplinary organization devoted to clinical practice and research of hypnosis.

In March, Fortune magazine named "Reclaiming the Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout" (Random House, 2001), by APA member Stephen Berglas, PhD, one of the 75 smartest business books of all time.

Berglas is a research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management.

The magazine's editorial staff compiled the list to commemorate the magazine's 75th anniversary.

In March, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) elected educational psychologist Eva L. Baker, EdD, its president-elect.

Baker is a University of California, Los Angeles, professor of educational psychology and social methods in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research has focused on assessment and accountability models, as well as on the design and validation of technology-based learning and assessment systems.

AERA represents educators who conduct research and evaluation in education.

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In February, psychologist Luisa Medrano, PsyD, spent four weeks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, working with the National Child Protection Authority. She helped the agency develop a training manual for providing psychological support to children affected by the tsunami.

During her stay, she helped train more than 40 child-care providers from various disciplines. Sri Lanka has 30 psychiatrists and no clinical psychologists in a country of more than 50 million people.

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In March, University of Maryland at College Park human development professor Judith Torney-Purta, PhD, won the Decade of Behavior's 2005 Research Award for her work applying cognitive research methods to social and political measures.

The award recognizes research that has affected policy or society, contributed to the use of social and behavioral science knowledge in policy settings or enhanced public understanding of behavioral or social science principles.

The Decade of Behavior, which is housed at APA, is a multidisciplinary initiative that promotes the importance of behavioral and social science research in addressing current social concerns.

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