APA has awarded Juris G. Draguns, PhD, the 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

Draguns was born in Latvia, but his academic career spans Latvia, Germany, and Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y. Over the last 30 years, he has held appointments at Rochester and Worcester State Hospitals as well as in 17 countries. He has published more than 130 works in the fields of microgenesis, cognitive style and cultural psychology. He is proficient in six languages and much of his research is done in languages other than English.

Fred Goodwin, PhD, is known to most of the general public as the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) who brought awareness of mental illness into the mainstream and created international standards for diagnosing mental illness. But these days Goodwin has taken up a different line of work as host of the radio show, "The Infinite Mind."

Goodwin has tackled issues ranging from accepting an illness to depression to how children learn. Guests such as writer John Updike, actor Anthony Edwards and former first lady Rosalyn Carter have attracted a wide audience of nonhealth-care professionals. Since its inception in March 1998, "The Infinite Mind" has been broadcast in more than 150 public radio markets in the United States and Canada.

I. King Jordan, PhD, the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, was one of 28 extraordinary citizens honored by President Clinton during a December White House ceremony on Jan. 6. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal.

Jordan has worked as a psychologist and teacher at several institutions in the United States, Scotland and France and is known internationally as an advocate for all people with disabilities.

The University of Minnesota (UM) recently awarded Paul Meehl, PhD, an Honorary Doctorate of Science, the highest award the university grants. The award recognizes international figures of great stature. Meehl is an alumni of UM and studied under psychologist B.F. Skinner. Meehl's work has spanned over four decades and has included psychometrics, statistics and psychotherapy. He is best known for his development of "coherent cut kinetics," a taxometric method used to test theories concerning schizophrenia.


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And the Presidential Citations go to. . .

The following psychologists were recently given APA Presidential Citations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to psychology:

  • Alan G. Kraut, PhD, and Alan J. Leshner, PhD, have been recognized for their efforts to provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists in the fields of substance abuse and mental health.

  • As a coach and educator, Colleen M. Hacker, PhD, can boast three national titles in women's soccer. As a psychologist, her efforts to combine sports and performance psychology led her to become team psychologist for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, and help the players win the Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 and the World Cup in 1999.

  • Marcia Lyn Bradley Dale, EdD, was honored for establishing the Marcia L. Dale Nursing Scholarship, which was created to celebrate Dale's 40 years of service to the people of Wyoming as a nurse, as well as her eight years as dean of the University of Wyoming School of Nursing, during which time she has worked tirelessly toward training nurses for the 21st century.

  • William M. Ozburn, EdD, was recognized for his commitment to psychologists' continuing education. Ozburn led the development of the distance-learning component for the postdoctoral pharmacology initiative, making curriculum available to psychologists throughout Georgia and surrounding states.

  • Ruth U. Paige, PhD, has served as president of the Washington State Psychological Association, as well as on APA's Board of Trustees, the Board of Professional Affairs and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Psychology. She has been pivotal in bringing women into positions of leadership, as well as forging a common path for politics, public policy and psychology.

  • Randall L. Tackett, PhD, has made extraordinary achievements in welding psychology, pharmacology and neurology domains and developing a postdoctoral training program that integrates these fields and allows psychologists to attain unsurpassed proficiency.