In December, the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners named clinical psychologist Judith Coche, PhD, a 2004 Woman of Distinction.

Coche was one of 25 Philadelphia women selected from more than 250 nominations for demonstrating outstanding professional accomplishments and community involvement.

The award cited Coche as one of the first women to own a mental health practice on the East Coast. Coche has served mental health needs and advocated for mental health services in Cape May County, N.J., for 26 years.

In December, Out magazine named psychologist and APA fellow Mark Pope, PhD, to its OUT100 list of the top 100 gay men, lesbians and straight allies who helped shape gay culture in 2004.

The magazine selected Pope, an associate professor of counseling and family therapy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, because he was the first openly gay man elected president of a major mental health professional association--the American Counseling Association. His term ran from 2003 to 2004.

Psychologist Wayne Sotile, PhD, is the 2004 recipient of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) L. Kent Smith Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.

Sotile, director of psychological services at Wake Forest University's cardiac rehabilitation program, was recognized for expanding the effectiveness and quality of care for cardiac patients throughout his career. He is the first psychologist to be honored by AACVPR.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named psychologist Phoebe Baker, PhD, a Tulsa Community College (TCC) assistant psychology professor, the 2004 Oklahoma Professor of the Year.

Baker is a co-chair of the Creative Teaching and Learning Cooperative, an organization that promotes teaching strategies and leadership skills for TCC students and faculty. She has also served in the TCC Faculty Association and as an adviser for the campus's Behavioral Science Organization, the Oklahoma Student Education Association and the campus's Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

On March 1, psychologist Gene Awakuni, PhD, became chancellor at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

Awakuni, a counseling and consulting psychologist, was formerly the Stanford University vice provost for student affairs.

His previous administrative experience includes positions as Columbia University's vice president for student services and as vice president for student affairs and vice president for advancement at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

The position is a three-year appointment.


The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), named psychologist David B. Abrams, PhD, as its director in November.

As director, Abrams will advise the NIH director and other key government officials on research into the role of human behavior in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Abrams will also foster research projects in the behavioral and social sciences supported by NIH's 27 institutes and centers.

OBSSR establishes NIH-wide policies and goals in behavioral and social sciences research.

Abrams previously worked as a Brown University professor of psychiatry and human behavior and as a professor of community health and co-director of transdisciplinary research at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island. He is the founding director of Brown's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Mariam Hospital in Providence, R.I.