Italian scientists win $200,000 Grawemeyer prize

In November, Giacomo Rizzolatti, MD, Vittorio Gallese, MD, and Leonardo Fogassi, PhD, received the 2007 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. The Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville annually awards $1 million-$200,000 each for works in music composition, education, ideas that improve world order, religion and psychology.

The researchers identified a mirror neuron system in monkeys that may also exist in humans. The system, which activates when an animal perceives similar behavior in others, may explain how people empathize and communicate and why they learn by seeing as well as doing.

The trio's finding could offer new insight into disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Tourette's syndrome, all of which involve problems with imitation.

Rizzolatti, Gallese and Fogassi are all professors of human physiology at the University of Parma in Italy. The University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award Committee selected the researchers from among 30 nominations from five countries to receive the seventh annual Grawemeyer psychology prize.

Rizzolatti has worked at the University of Parma since 1969 except for year-long stints at the University of Pennsylvania and at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gallese has been affiliated with Parma for more than 20 years and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Fogassi has taught at Parma since 1996 after working as a researcher at the University of Pisa and as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Diamond named Distinguished Psychoanalyst of the Year

Michael J. Diamond, PhD, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in practice in Los Angeles, was recently named Distinguished Psychoanalyst of the Year by the New York City-based Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Diamond received the award, which is given annually, in New York, where he presented his 2005 paper, "Boys To Men: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective on Masculinity Through The Life Cycle."

Diamond, an APA fellow, is also associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a former president of Div. 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis).

His recently published second book is "My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives" (W.W. Norton, 2007).

Caldwell-Colbert named Central State University provost

In January, A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, began a new position as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio. She replaces Carlos Vargas-Aburto, PhD, who resigned Aug. 31 to become provost at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa.

Caldwell-Colbert served as provost and chief academic officer at Howard University from 2001 to 2003, and as a consultant to the president of Howard and vice chair for psychological services at Howard University Hospital.

She also served as associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology and educational psychology for the University of Illinois System from 1994 to 2001, and she has been a senior research associate and fellow at the American Council on Education and a professional associate of the Menninger Foundation.

In her new position, Caldwell-Colbert plans to engage more students with Psi Chi, and the many APA opportunities for students and faculty, and she would like to expand Central State University's undergraduate research and service-learning initiatives.

Her honors include Distinguished Alumna Visiting Professorship in Clinical Psychiatry Psychology at Brown University Medical School, and she's chair of the Commission on Ethnic Minority Membership, Recruitment and Training in APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. She has recently been elected to serve on APA's Membership Committee and is past-president of Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues).

"Dr. Caldwell-Colbert brings to Central State University a wealth of experience and an impressive record of innovation and achievement," says CSU President John W. Garland, JD. "She is a proven leader, and we look forward to working with her as we transform Central State from a good university to a great university."

Howe awarded neuropsychology commendation

The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) recently presented Laura Howe, PhD, JD, a 2005 graduate from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, with its Presidential Commendation.

The award cited Howe's Florida-based advocacy work on behalf of clinical neuropsychology and psychology. Specifically, Howe organized a group of psychological professionals called the Group Protecting the Integrity of Psychological Examinations, who intervene at the appellate level in cases that might have negatively affected the field of psychology. They have currently submitted amicus briefs in two cases. One recently submitted amicus brief presented current research regarding third-party observers' adverse affects on neuropsychological examinations, in addition to the ethical and policy reasons against such practices. Another recently submitted brief discussed test security and the importance of adhering to psychological ethics.

Additionally, Howe was named as one of two new people who will be joining NAN's five-person Conflict of Interest Committee in 2007. She is completing a two-year neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.

Dattilio honored for clinical psychology contributions

In January, Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, received the 2007 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Humankind from the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychology. The society gives the annual award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of clinical psychology. Dattilio was recognized for his life-long work in the areas of anxiety disorders, forensic and clinical psychology, and marital and family discord.

Dattilio holds a joint faculty appointment with the department of psychiatry at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also maintains a private practice of clinical and forensic psychology in Allentown, Pa.

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