Dyanne D. Affonso, RN, PhD, is the first appointee to the Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Women's Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Affonso has served as dean of Emory University's School of Nursing for the past six years. Before coming to Emory, she held positions at the University of California­San Francisco and the University of Arizona.

Affonso's research at UNMC will focus on school-based violence prevention and designing community-based prenatal care programs that can prevent disease in infants and mothers.

Alice F. Chang, PhD, has been elected to the board of directors of Handi-Dogs of Tucson, a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities obtain, train and certify service dogs. Handi-Dogs also develops innovative training programs to help canines become more useful companions.

Chang, a private practitioner in Tucson, became involved with the organization because several of her clients have been helped by Handi-Dogs.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) president Nancy S. Cole, PhD, is retiring after six years at the helm of the testing organization. Her successful leadership enabled ETS to build a sound financial foundation and address some of the most critical issues facing education today, say colleagues.

"Nancy has guided ETS through challenging transitions of technology, computer-based testing, performance assessment and reengineered work," says ETS Board of Trustees chair A. William Wiggenhorn. "These recent accomplishments are the building blocks of ETS's future."

Cole is planning to move to Colorado for her retirement and spend time with her family.

Rodney Lowman, PhD, has been appointed as systemwide dean of the College of Organizational Studies at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). In this newly created position, Lowman will merge the Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego organizational psychology programs into one cross-campus program that he will oversee.

Lowman directed the organizational psychol ogy program at CSPP­San Diego before he was promoted. He played a key role in developing the new doctoral program in consulting psychology at CSPP, which will enroll its first students this fall.

Clinical psychologist and psychiatric nurse Beverly Malone, PhD, has been appointed the deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she will serve as the senior advisor to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD.

Malone will advise Satcher on substantive program and political matters, in policy and program development, and in setting legislative priorities. She will also be an advisor on public health and science to HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala, PhD.

Malone is the current president of the American Nurses Association. Since 1996, she has served as dean, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs and professor at North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing.

Lawrence Marks, PhD, has been appointed director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, an independent research institute affiliated with Yale University, where he is professor of epidemiology and psychology.

The lab conducts multidisciplinary research on the effects of environmental factors on human health. As director, he plans to expand the institute's research activities over the next five years by building on programs in pulmonary function, cardiovascular processes and cellular and sensory neuroscience.

Marks is a longtime researcher of human sensory, perceptual and cognitive processes. He is currently examining the mechanisms of intensity perception in different senses and the effects of context and selective attention on perception.


Kaslow chosen as primary-care policy fellow

Psychology will gain more ground in the primary-care arena with the appointment of Nadine Kaslow, PhD, to the Public Health Service's Primary-Care Policy Fellowship program this year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the fellowship in 1991 to train health-care leaders to be effective advocates for improving primary care. Each year, the service seeks nominations from professional organizations and selects the top candidates to serve as fellows.

Kaslow is the third psychologist to be chosen for the fellowship; she follows in the footsteps of 1998 fellow Susan McDaniel, PhD, and 1999 fellow Sylvia Shellenberger, PhD.

Kaslow says she is eager to form ties with such a diverse and impressive group of health-care professionals as the fellowship, which began Feb. 20­25 in Albuquerque, N.M., and will continue March 26­31 and June 4­16 in Washington, D.C.

Her commitment to primary care is evidenced in the educational and training, research and clinical practice arenas. As a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, Kaslow teaches medical students and residents about family systems medicine and women's health and instructs and supervises psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She is also chief psychologist at Grady Health Systems in Atlanta, and chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

"As a national leader in psychology's clinical training community, Dr. Kaslow brings an important dimension to the fellowship program," says Randy Phelps, PhD, of APA's Practice Directorate. "She will be well-positioned to advocate for increased psychology involvement in interdisciplinary primary-care training, as well as a greater emphasis on primary care in psychology's internship and postdoctoral training programs."

Kaslow's research has focused on domestic violence, suicide, depression and medically ill children and their families--her research on family interventions for pediatric sickle cell disease that was funded by the National Institutes of Health led to a treatment program that is being used across the country. Her clinical work has focused on therapy targeting children and women who have a wide array of medical problems, as well as women and children affected by domestic violence.

Kaslow seeks to expand her knowledge of how psychologists can become involved in primary-care policy, and to explore how to integrate mental health services with primary-care medical services in the community, not just in academic settings.

The fellowship, she says, represents a way for her to create a new niche that integrates her roles as advocate, clinician, researcher and teacher.

"If I learn more about how to think about both policy and mental health integration in primary-care settings, I can teach more people aboutit and encourage more psychology graduate students, interns and postdoctoral fellows to receive training in primary care settings," she says. "Thisfellowship seems like a rare opportunity to bring together all the different hats I wear."