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Charles Brinamen, PsyD, supervising psychologist at the Infant Parent Program/Daycare Consultants at the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital, and a co-author have received one of the first three Irving B. Harris Awards for Outstanding Book Proposals. The award will be presented annually by the Irving Harris Foundation and Zero to Three Press to support proposals for multidisciplinary books addressing healthy development of children up to 3 years old. Brinamen and his co-author, clinical social worker Kadija Johnston, received $10,000 and a publishing contract for their proposal "Mental Health Consultation in Child Care."

Rogelio Díaz-Guerrero, PhD, emeritus research professor in psychology at the National University of Mexico, has received the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. The university gives this award to intellectuals, scientists or artists who have significantly contributed to the peace, well-being or development of humanity. The university selected Díaz-Guerrero for his impressive publishing record and research on culture and personality in Mexico and abroad.

In October, Virginia Olga B. Emery, PhD, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, was honored by the New Hampshire State Hospital psychology department with an award for her research on dementia. She received the award at the department's annual retreat, at which she gave a lecture titled "Retrophylogenesis of memory in Alzheimer's dementia."

At its 2003 annual meeting in August, the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) honored Louise Evans, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Beverly Hills, Calif., for her leadership in international psychology. Evans was designated an ICP Ambassador for Life "in recognition of her outstanding leadership and enduring commitment" and also received a plaque.

Gary B. Melton, PhD, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University in S.C., has been elected president of the American Ortho-psychiatric Association. Melton says he hopes to rejuvenate the association's focus on mental health and social justice during his two-year term, including advocacy for access to mental health care and psychological research into human rights issues.

Gail Tsimprea, PhD, director of clinical quality assurance and risk management at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., has received a 2004 Leading Women Award from the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council and the Boston Business Journal. They selected Tsimprea for her work ensuring the safety of patients at McLean through her oversight of medical care and pioneering new approaches to administering medications to individuals who have mental illnesses.

--M. GREENGRASS