CDC injury center takes home media awards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) won two FREDDIE Awards for its documentary video "Causing Pain: Real Stories of Dating Abuse and Violence." Ileana Arias, PhD, NCIPC director, Rodney Hammond, PhD, CDC director of violence prevention, and Rita Noonan, PhD, CDC science officer accepted the award on behalf of CDC in November at the 32nd Annual FREDDIE Awards in New York City.

The FREDDIEs, also known as the International Health and Medical Media Awards, were established 30 years ago by Fred Gottlieb, MD, a San Francisco Bay area ophthalmologist, to encourage the development of educational health and medical productions. The awards are run by MediMedia, one of the world's leading providers of health-care educational materials and services, and are open to health and medical videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs and Web sites that address health or medical issues.

The video received honors in the behavioral diseases category and received the prestigious Helen Hayes Award of Distinction, recognizing the finest educational entry of 2006. "Causing Pain" was selected from among all the winning entries in 34 award categories.

The video demystifies the issue of dating abuse for young teens through true stories of teens, parents and professionals touched by abusive relationships. They describe their experiences and insights so others can recognize and prevent dating abuse in their own or their friends' lives.

Finalists for FREDDIE Awards this year included CNN's "The Killer Flu," a documentary that explores the bird flu investigation in the United States, and ABC News: World News Tonight's "Quit to Live: Fighting Lung Cancer."

To view "Causing Pain," visit

Robert G. Frank named Kent State provost

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton has appointed psychologist Robert G. Frank, PhD, to the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost the chief academic office for the Ohio university's eight-campus network. Frank officially assumes the post next month.

A board-certified clinical psychologist, Frank currently serves as dean and professor of clinical and health psychology for the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.

Frank also directs the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured. Previous administrative and academic posts include service at the University of Missouri, Columbia, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Missouri Department of Health.

Frank holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico. He is also an APA member and fellow. In 2003, Frank also received a Distinguished Service Award from the association. He is widely published in the fields of rehabilitation and clinical psychology, and, along with other academic and service honors, Frank won a spot on the Division I All-American Swimming Team in 1974. He is married with two children.

Frances Campbell receives distinguished alumnae honors

Frances Campbell, PhD, a senior scientist at Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) during the university's Reunion Weekend in April. FPG-Campbell's employer for 30 years-is a multidisciplinary research and outreach institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Campbell is recognized for her work on the Abecedarian Project-a controlled longitudinal study of the potential benefits of early childhood education for poor children. Her work with the project began in 1972 with a group of preschoolers she's followed into adulthood. Findings from this study are frequently cited by experts and policy-makers when discussing the importance of quality early child care. In other accomplishments, Campbell served as a member of the White House Conference on Early Literacy and the Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood.

The Alumni Distinguished Service Award recognizes UNCG alumni who made significant contributions to their profession and community. Campbell received her bachelor's degree from UNCG in 1955.

Connecticut governor reappoints psychologist to head mental health agency

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell reappointed psychologist and APA member Thomas A. Kirk Jr., PhD, as commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in February. DMHAS is the state agency that serves over 90,000 adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders each year through its network of community-based programs and state hospitals. Kirk was first appointed in May 2000.

In recent years, Kirk became nationally recognized for promoting a statewide system of recovery-oriented care in Connecticut. In 2005, under his leadership, Connecticut was one of seven states selected by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to receive a Mental Health System Transformation State Incentive Grant. These multi-million dollar grants support action on recommendations from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health started in 2002 by President George W. Bush to eliminate inequality for Americans with psychiatric disabilities.

Kirk currently serves as one of two state directors on the National Advisory Council of the SAMHSA.

Kerns receives 2006 David M. Worthen Award

Robert D. Kerns, PhD, chief of Psychology Service for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and professor of the psychiatry, neurology and psychology departments at Yale University, received the 2006 David M. Worthen award for academic excellence in February.

This $5,000 award is the highest recognition given by the Veterans Health Administration to honor outstanding achievements of national significance in health professions education. The award cites Kerns's significant local, national and international contributions to education in the fields of psychology, behavioral medicine and pain management.

At the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale University, for example, he has integrated health psychology into internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology and anesthesia residency education. Kerns also pioneered the development of pre- and postdoctoral programs in clinical health psychology, and is currently serving as president of Div. 38 (Health).

University of Minnesota honors White

Joseph L. White, PhD, has received the honorary degree Doctor of Lawsfrom the Board of Regents of theUniversity of Minnesota. This degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota andrecognizes individuals who've achieved eminence in cultural affairs, public service or a field of knowledge and scholarship.

Back in 1950 when White graduated from high school, black teenagers were not actively recruited at the university. So he left the area, and 57 years later, he's back as a consultant.

"I was blown away when I heard about this honor," White says. "It was completely unexpected. Here I wasn't accepted as a freshman and now I am being honored this way, it's wonderful."

White received his PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor, and director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs.

-D. Schwartz