Outstanding researchers, practitioners and educators will be honored with a variety of awards at APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28-Aug. 1. The awards fall into five categories: science, practice, public interest, education and international affairs. The APA/American Psychological Foundation Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 31, 4-6 p.m., at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, Coral Ballroom IV. For the most current times, dates and locations for the convention sessions, please refer to the 2004 convention program, available in July.
Public Interest Awards
International Awards --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards
Sheldon Cohen, PhD, Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University. Cohen is honored for his research in the fields of stress and behavioral medicine.
Cohen is recognized for the depth and breadth of his empirical research, his methodological innovations, his method of blending laboratory and field approaches, and the breadth of his influences on health, social and clinical psychology.
Early in his career, Cohen became a major figure in environmental psychology through his work on the effects of traffic noise on reading ability in children and the effects of aircraft noise on cognitive function and health in children living near Los Angeles International Airport. His theoretical work on stress and environmental load bridged the gap between environmental and cognitive psychology, outlining a theory of the effects of stress on attentional capacity and the deleterious effects of noise on reading ability in children.
Next, he examined the link between social support and health. He has studied the effects of social support and social networks in relation to psychological well-being, cancer and upper respiratory diseases, and smoking cessation and relapse. Cohen's theoretical analyses and reviews are important to clinical researchers because they help them conceptualize the conditions that make social support and social interaction beneficial in helping relationships and support groups. In the course of this work, he developed scales that have become gold standards in assessing psychological stress (the Perceived Stress Scale), and social support (the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List).
Cohen then moved into the area of psychoneuroimmunology. His study of the effects of stress on the common cold was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1991. A later study on the role of social relationships in susceptibility to colds was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1997. Both his laboratory and field research in psychoneuroimmunology have focused on identifying behavioral, hormonal and immune pathways that link stress, personality and social networks to disease susceptibility.
Cohen's research has made major theoretical and empirical contributions to a multitude of disciplines, including psychology, environmental science, psychiatry and medicine.
E. Mavis Hetherington, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology, University of Virginia. Hetherington is being honored for her work on how parental marital transitions have an impact on the development of children and adolescents. Her contributions to child development and family research span more than 50 years.
Hetherington began her research career studying discrimination learning in normal and mentally disabled children. Her next set of studies investigated gender differences and family processes involved in young children's sex role typing. She built an impressive case for the strong impact of the father's role--even more than the mother's role--in the development of sex-typing in children. She was also able to show that the quality of mother-child relationships--not fathers' absence--were associated with differences in personality and social development in children from divorced, bereaved or nondivorced parents.
Hetherington's landmark Virginia Longitudinal Study of Divorce (1972-1992) began with a sample of recently divorced parents of four-year-olds, matched with a group of non-divorced families, followed-up six times over 20 years. She found that children from divorced and remarried families show more problems in adjustment, achievement, parent-child and peer relationships than children from nondivorced families, and these differences are still present in young adulthood. Also, she found that the vast majority of children from divorced and remarried families function within the average range and demonstrate remarkable long-term resiliency in coping with stresses and challenges. Finally, the data she collected do not support any conclusions regarding the risks and benefits of divorce compared with keeping unhappy marriages intact.
In 1991, Hetherington, in collaboration with psychologist Glenn Clingempeel, designed a study to find out why early adolescents have difficulty adapting to their parents' remarriage. Comparing adolescents with newly remarried parents, still-divorced mothers and nondivorced parents, they found that family problems in adjustment to remarriage were, to a considerable extent, child-driven. Consistent with what is known about major life transitions, common difficulties associated with the developmental challenges of adolescence (autonomy, individuation, sexuality) are exacerbated in adolescents who undergo parental divorce and then remarriage.
Hetherington collaborated with psychologists David Reiss and Robert Plomin to gather a national sample of more than 720 intact and remarried families, each with a pair of same-sex adolescent children. The Nonshared Environment of Adolescent Development Study (NEAD) included families of identical and fraternal twins, full siblings, half siblings and stepsiblings. This longitudinal study utilized a unique behavioral genetic design that included measures and methodologies focusing on family processes and individual differences in development. Hetherington compared nondivorced families and families that had been remarried for at least five years. She found that the differences between nondivorced families and stepfamilies were much smaller in the long-term remarried families than in the newly remarried stepfamilies.
Hetherington's research contributes to the discussions of the relative importance of family structure and family process as predictors of adaptation in children, adolescents and early adults.
Richard M. Shiffrin, PhD, distinguished professor, Luther Dana Waterman Professor, professor of psychology and professor of cognitive science, Indiana University. Shiffrin's research over the past three decades has helped shape the direction of cognitive psychology. His theories of memory and attention are the leading theories in the psychology of cognition. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He received the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 1999 and the David E. Rumelhart Prize for the Formal Analysis of Human Cognition from the Gluschko-Samuelson Foundation in 2002.
Early in his career, Shiffrin collaborated with psychologist Richard Atkinson and developed the "modal" model of memory--that memory is organized into "stores" and a control process operates to maintain or transfer information from one store to another--that continues to be used as an organizing framework within the field. Shiffrin's "modal" model goes beyond the concept of short-term store and long-term store to provide detailed quantitative accounts of intricate phenomena involving short-term and long-term memory and their operating characteristics.
Shiffrin also did work on attention and memory scanning that culminated in a joint publication with psychologist Walter Schneider in Psychological Review in 1977 on the role of varied and consistent mapping in visual and memory search. The theory provided precise quantitative predictions of reaction time and accuracy data in these paradigms and took steps to unify the attention and memory-search domains. This published work is best known for laying out formal theories delineating the different roles of automatic and attentive processing.
He also developed the Search of Associative Memory (SAM) model. The SAM model provided a unified account of phenomena involving free recall, cued recall, old-new item recognition and associative recognition. The model purports that free recall and recognition rely on a single representational system in memory. Shiffrin's SAM model continues to be regarded as one of the leading models of long-term memory.
His most recent work has been developing and testing his Retrieving Effectively From Memory (REM) model. The REM model extends the SAM model by incorporating principles of similarity as well as Bayesian principles of optimal decision-making. The REM model addresses "implicit" memory phenomena such as long- and short-term priming and perceptual and semantic processing, such as that seen in lexical decision and visual identification.
His research has combined the formal modeling of cognitive processes with experimental investigations. Shiffrin's work has organized the manner in which the field addresses the key issues of memory and attention.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology
Edward Taub, PhD, professor, department of psychology, University of Alabama. Taub is being honored for his research contributions in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and behavioral medicine.
In 1970, Taub developed one of the two main thermal biofeedback techniques. Thermal biofeedback is one of the most commonly used biofeedback modalities in clinical practice; it is employed for the relief of such painful or life-threatening disorders as migraine headache, hypertension, Raynaud's disease and other stress-related conditions.
Until 1981, Taub carried out somatosensory deafferentation research with monkeys in which sensation is surgically abolished from the upper extremities. This research proved that somatic sensation and spinal reflexes are not necessary for voluntary movement. This finding stimulated research and changed views concerning the neural control of movement. In 1981, Taub was prevented from conducting his research due to protests and attacks from organizations opposed to research using animals.
Six years later, Taub resumed two lines of research stemming from his basic research with deafferented monkeys. One line of research was based on the formulation of a new approach to the physical rehabilitation of patients following damage to the central nervous system from stroke and traumatic brain injury. In chronic stroke patients, Taub found that the incapacitating motor impairment of the upper and lower extremities can be reduced and their functional independence increased through the use of techniques that had been designed to overcome learned nonuse in monkeys. This therapeutic approach--Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI)--appears to spark improvement in approximately 50 percent of the chronic stroke population with motor deficits. Recently, adaptations of CI therapy have been successfully applied to the upper extremities in patients with traumatic brain injury, the lower extremities after stroke, spinal cord injury and fractured hip, and aphasia after stroke.
Taub's second line of research led to the discovery that a surprising amount of cortical reorganization takes place after somatosensory deafferentation in monkeys, and that this also occurs after arm nerves are severed by amputation in humans. The general purpose of Taub's work in this area has been to identify the functional significance of cortical reorganization for the behavior and perception of humans.
Taub also found that CI therapy produces a large plastic reorganization in the brain and that this is one of the mechanisms associated with the rehabilitative improvement it produces. This shows that this behavior can have a marked influence on central nervous system organization and function and that this phenomenon can be harnessed to produce a therapeutic effect on pathological conditions.
His work on CI therapy for both adults with neurological injury and children with cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions has received international attention and recognition.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Health Psychology)
Edith Chen, PhD, department of psychology, University of British Columbia. Chen is recognized for her pediatric health psychology research. She has developed a program of research that is important, unique and heuristic. Health psychology is dominated by studies of adult health, and Chen's research program is dedicated to improving the understanding of psychological factors in children's health. Chen's accomplishments are growing and are leading to new directions in how socioeconomic status has an impact on children's health. Chen earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998.
Gregory E. Miller, PhD, department of psychology, University of British Columbia. Miller is recognized for his psychoneuroimmunology research. His work focuses on how social factors influence immune response and immune-related disease. Within this context, his work attempts to understand the behavioral and endocrine mechanisms that might link social factors to altered immunity. He has been extremely productive in a very challenging area of research and has made substantial contributions to the field. Miller earned his PhD in 1998 at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Developmental)
Elena L. Grigorenko, PhD, Child Study Center and department of psychology, Yale University. Grigorenko is recognized for her work in a variety of areas of psychology. She is at the cutting edge of studying genetic influences on behavior using the relatively new approach of identifying specific genes and combinations of genes that are responsible for developmental disorders. Her work on dynamic testing, practical intelligence and cross-cultural and sociocultural influences on the development of cognitive abilities and disabilities is also at the forefront of research. Grigorenko earned her PhD at Yale University in 1996.
Thomas G. O'Connor, PhD, department of psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center. O'Connor is recognized for his work in the areas of social-emotional development and developmental psychopathology. His research on the English and Romanian Adoptees Study has significantly influenced our understanding of the long-term impact of early childhood deprivation. His research on the effects of parenting on children's behavioral and emotional development has had a generative influence on socialization research. Specifically, O'Connor's application of a behavior genetics approach to the study of parenting has elucidated, both conceptually and empirically, the contributions of genetic and social influences to parenting and children's adjustment. In addition, he has begun to explore the long-term effects of prenatal and early postnatal stress on emotional and behavioral development. His research in these areas has made groundbreaking contributions to the fields of normal and abnormal development. O'Connor earned his PhD at the University of Virginia in 1995.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Cognition and Human Learning)
Jenny R. Saffran, PhD, department of psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Saffran is recognized for her research on infants and for documenting the existence of learning mechanisms that foster language acquisition and in detailing critical characteristics of these mechanisms.
Her research addresses two central questions of language acquisition:
What are the relative contributions of innate structure and environmental input?
To what extent are the mechanisms underlying this process specifically tailored for language acquisition?
Saffran's research is at the forefront of a new zeitgeist focusing on the potential power of learning in explaining both language and cognitive development. Her experimental results tell us what infants are actually able to learn. By incorporating the insights of cognitive science into the study of infant development, Saffran has made remarkable progress in determining how humans learn. Saffran earned her PhD at the University of Rochester in 1997.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Psychopathology)
Eric Stice, PhD, department of psychology, University of Texas at Austin. Stice is recognized for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of eating disorders. His research focuses primarily on the cause and prevention of bulimia. The persistent course of bulimia, its serious medical complications and the effect of bulimia on subsequent obesity, depression and substance abuse make it a pressing national health problem. Stice's research addresses the development of effective programs for its prevention. He also maintains a line of investigation examining the etiology of substance abuse and depression. He recently received a Research Scientist Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and is the principal investigator on several other intra- and extramural grants. The impact of Stice's research on the field is reflected in the increasing rate at which his work is cited. Stice earned his PhD at Arizona State University in 1996.
Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Animal Learning and Behavior, Comparative)
Klaus Zuberbuhler, PhD, School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Zuberbuhler is recognized for his careful and innovative research on the vocal communication and cognition of nonhuman primates. Despite the difficulty of working in the rain forests of Western Africa, his sample sizes of wild primates are large and independent, and he has developed novel methods to study cognition and communication in the wild. His work has contributed to comparative research designed to explore the similarities and differences between human language and nonhuman primate vocalizations and between human and nonhuman primate cognition. Zuberbuhler's research is creative and original, thereby making important contributions to research in animal learning, comparative psychology and ethology. Zuberbuhler earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.
Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research
Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Gatchel is the Elizabeth H. Penn Professor of Clinical Psychology; professor in the departments of psychiatry, anesthesiology and pain management, and rehabilitation counseling at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; and director of graduate research, division of clinical psychology. In addition, he is the program director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the same institution. Gatchel earned his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is on the board of directors of the American Board of Health Psychology.
He has conducted extensive clinical research--much of it supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--on the psychophysiology of stress and emotion, the comorbidity of psychological and physical health disorders, and the etiology, assessment and treatment of chronic stress and pain behavior. He is also the recipient of consecutive Research Scientist Development Awards from NIH in 1993-1998 and 1999-2004. He has published more than 225 scientific articles and 70 book chapters and has authored or edited 22 books. He is also on the editorial boards of numerous psychological and medical journals. Over the years, he has received many awards, including the Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research in 1986; the North American Spine Society's 2001 Henry Farfan Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Spine Care; the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field in 2002; and the Texas Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science this past year.
Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector
Miki Paul, PhD, Tucson/Pima County Domestic Violence Commission. Paul was the only psychologist to win the $10,000 Sunshine Peace Award in 1998, a prestigious national award given to individuals who have made a significant contribution for work on behalf of battered women. She specializes in counseling battered women and teen survivors of dating violence as part of her private practice. She has devoted 25 years of volunteer work and activism to the battered women's movement.
As a survivor of domestic violence and a specialist in the field, her personal mission is to educate the community about domestic violence. She has given 50 presentations and media interviews on battered women, Jewish battered women, older battered women and teen dating violence. Hoping to serve as a role model, she openly shares her personal journey of leaving her abusive marriage and returning to college as the only single parent in her PhD program in counseling psychology at Ball State University. She graduated in 1988.
Paul has served as commissioner on the Tucson/Pima County Domestic Violence Commission, commissioner on the Tucson/Pima County Women's Commission, board member of the Jewish domestic abuse organization, president of the board of a domestic violence shelter and member of the mayor's task force against domestic violence.
State and local honors include the 2000 Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology Award given by the Arizona Psychological Association, a 2002 Valuable Service Award for being President of the Southern Arizona Psychological Association, a 2001 Seroptimist Women Helping Women Award and a 1998 Mayor's Award of Excellence.
Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice in the Public Sector
Rodney R. Baker, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs. Baker received his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona and held an internship at the West Haven Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. First appointed as staff psychologist at the Houston VA, he became chief of psychology at the San Antonio VA in 1977, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. In 1999, he assumed responsibility for mental health operations at the San Antonio and Kerrville VA hospitals and for five outpatient clinics throughout south Texas. He chaired the Mental Health Committee for the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network and served on the VA psychology training and advisory committees and the health field advisory board.
Mentoring other psychology leaders in the VA became a hallmark of Baker's career. While president of the Association of VA Chief Psychologists, he helped establish a leadership program for new chiefs of psychology. His faculty role in that program for 21 years assisted in the leadership development of almost every psychology chief in the VA today. He was also recognized for his role in helping to establish the VA's interpersonal skills training program, reaching over 40,000 employees.
A fellow of APA, Baker served as Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) president, a member of APA's Council of Representatives and chair of the Committee on Division and APA Relations. In addition to a distinguished career award from the VA, Baker received the APA Heiser Award for Advocacy at APA's 2003 Annual Convention in Toronto for contributions to our nation's veterans and the field of psychology.
APA/APAGS Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Professional Psychology
Tonia L. Nicholls, PhD, department of psychiatry, University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute Against Family Violence. Nicholls's interest in female offenders and mental health services in jails and prisons was ignited while she was an undergraduate at the University of Lethbridge and volunteering at the Lethbridge Correctional Center. In 1995, Nicholls was accepted to Simon Fraser University to one of the only law and forensic psychology programs in North America. As a graduate student, Nicholls conducted mental health screening in correctional centers, further fueling her interest in the mental health needs of inmates.
Grants from the APA Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) allowed Nicholls to conduct an evaluation of the jail mental health program and supported her thesis research on the predictive utility of violence risk measures in mentally disordered women. Her dissertation built on her thesis and was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Div. 41 and APA.
In 2002, Nicholls received the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals' Chris Hatcher Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Forensic Studies and a Canadian Institute of Health Research "Brain Star" Award for published research with a likelihood of high impact in its field. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow--funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Michael Smith Foundation for Healthcare Research--with the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and the BC Institute Against Family Violence. The Canadian Psychological Association has honored Nicholls with the 2004 President's New Researcher Award.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest--Senior Career Award
Dante Cicchetti, PhD, Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. Cicchetti was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he lived in a large Italian community. Throughout his childhood, Cicchetti was in contact with culturally, ethnically and economically diverse groups, including children being raised in harsh conditions. This established the foundation for a life dedicated to improving the lives of those growing up in challenging circumstances.
Cicchetti earned a joint doctoral degree in developmental and clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. He accepted his first academic appointment at Harvard University. In 1985, Cicchetti assumed the directorship of Mt. Hope Family Center, a Rochester, N.Y., facility dedicated to the integration of basic research, prevention and intervention studies, education, child advocacy and social policy.
Cicchetti's research interests have been focused on examining the interplay between normal and atypical development. He has been a seminal contributor to the development and establishment of developmental psychopathology. Cicchetti is the founding and current editor of Development and Psychopathology. He has received a number of honors in recognition of his scientific, advocacy and policy contributions, including the Boyd McCandless Award from APA Div. 7 (Developmental), the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Significant Contributions to Child Advocacy and Social Policy, the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Clinical Child Psychology from Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest--Early Career Award
Susan Limber, PhD, associate director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and associate professor of psychology, Clemson University. Limber is a developmental psychologist who received her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a master's in legal studies from Nebraska. From 1992 to 1994, Limber served as the James Marshall Public Policy Fellow for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) within the APA's Public Policy Office.
Limber's research and writing have focused on legal and psychological issues related to youth violence (particularly bullying among children), child protection and children's rights. In 1997, Limber received the Saleem Shah Award for early career excellence in psychology-law policy, awarded by APA's Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychiatry. She directed the first wide-scale implementation and evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States and co-authored the Blueprint for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as a number of other articles on the topic of bullying. In recent years, she has consulted with numerous schools around the country on the reduction of bullying among school children. Currently, she is a consultant to the National Bullying Prevention Campaign, a public information campaign sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is an APA fellow and chair of its Committee on Children, Youth and Families.
Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy
Thomas J. Coates, PhD, professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Coates worked for the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for 21 years in a variety of roles. From 1982 to 1995, he was director of the behavioral medicine unit within the division of general internal medicine. From 1991 to 2003, he directed the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, a division of the department of medicine. In 1996, the dean of the school of medicine asked Coates to become the founding executive director of the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF, and he served in that capacity until he moved to UCLA in 2003.
Coates received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University in 1977. His first faculty position was in the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982. His research has focused on the applications of psychology to public health, especially in the prevention of disease acquisition or progression. He is currently involved in HIV prevention research in South Africa, Peru and China. He is the author or co-author of eight books and numerous scientific publications in the medical, public health and psychological literatures. He was cited in Science in 2002 as the fourth-highest funded scientist in the clinical, social and behavioral sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000.
Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology
Derald Wing Sue, PhD, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sue is president of APA Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), a former president of Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and the co-founder and first president of the Asian American Psychological Association. Sue is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology and education. His contributions on cultural competence, theory of world views and the invisibility of ethnocentric monoculturalism have greatly influenced the education and training of mental health professionals. His continuing work on cultural competence since the 1980s is the foundational base of APA's Multicultural Guidelines.
Sue's book, "Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice" (John Wiley & Sons, 2002), co-authored with David Sue, has been identified as one of the most frequently cited works in the multicultural counseling field and is now considered a classic and used extensively in graduate training programs.
In 1997, Sue was invited to address President Clinton's Race Advisory Board on the National Dialogue on Race and participated in a congressional briefing on the myth of the colorblind society. As a result, his most recent work has concentrated on unmasking the invisibility of racism in the education and training of psychologists. His recent book, "Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation" (John Wiley & Sons, 2003) is the direct result of his work on racism and antiracism.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology
Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, professor at Emory School of Medicine, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and chief psychologist at Grady Health System. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. From 1984 until 1990, she was on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. Kaslow received APA's Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) Krasner Award, Div. 43 (Family) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology, the Heiser Award and the Spielberger Empathy Award. Kaslow chaired the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers from 1998 to 2002 and was a member of APA's Board of Educational Affairs.
A former president of Div. 43 and president of Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), she chaired the "Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology." Kaslow was a primary-care public policy fellow through the U.S. Public Health Service and is a fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (2004 class). An associate editor for two journals, she is a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Interventions and Treatment Study Section and has edited more than 130 publications on family violence, child psychopathology, family therapy, women's mental health, pediatric psychology, and supervision and training. She is also a member of Rosalyn Carter's Mental Health Advisory Board. Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television.
Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training
Emil R. Rodolfa, PhD, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Board of Directors. Rodolfa received his PhD in 1981 from Texas A&M University and was licensed as a psychologist in 1983. He is the director of the University of California, Davis Counseling Center and the former director of training of the center's APA-accredited predoctoral psychology internship program. He completed his internship at the University of Iowa and worked for seven years at Humboldt State University. Since early in his career, Rodolfa has been committed to psychology education and training.
Since 2002, Rodolfa has chaired the APPIC Board of Directors. One of his primary goals as APPIC chair has been to develop a journal of professional training. Rodolfa is a former president of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and was chair of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils, an association developed to provide a framework for dialogue between the major national doctoral psychology training organizations.
As a member and former president of the State of California Board of Psychology, which regulates the professional activities of approximately 16,000 psychologists, Rodolfa was active in providing direction in the regulation of psychology in California. Based on a review of the board's oral examination for licensure, Rodolfa recommended the elimination of this examination as a step in the licensure process in California--it is no longer used.
Rodolfa has published papers and made presentations on numerous topics, including sexual dilemmas, boundary crossings, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity, training and supervision. He is an associate editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
Throughout his professional work, Rodolfa has seen the value of facilitating open communication, expressing differences clearly, seeking consensus and developing clear plans to reach agreed-upon goals.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology
Ronald P. Rohner, PhD, professor emeritus of family studies and anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Rohner is director of the Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Parental Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD in 1964 from Stanford University. He joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut the same year, and has worked there continuously, except for the two years (1975-1977) that he was senior research scientist at the Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development in Washington, D.C.
Throughout his career, Rohner has focused on the development and empirical testing of parental acceptance-rejection theory (PARTheory), a theory of socialization and lifespan development that seeks to predict and explain major antecedents, consequences and other correlates of parental acceptance-rejection--along with other dimensions of parenting--in every major ethnic group in the United States and internationally.
Rohner has served as president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and as a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. He is a fellow of APA, the American Psychological Society and the American Anthropological Association. He is also former president of the Board of Directors of Natchaug (Psychiatric) Hospital and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He now serves or has served on editorial boards of eight journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Cross-Cultural Research. He is author of nine books and more than 200 articles, chapters, technical reports and other writings.
International Humanitarian Award
Chris E. Stout, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist and a senior faculty fellow at Northeastern University. Stout serves as co-director on the program on terrorism at the University of Illinois International Center on Human Responses to Social Catastrophes. His interests are in the multidisciplinary aspects of global psychology, diplomacy, conflict resolution, counter-terrorism, and policy and legislation. Now, much of his policy work deals with the mental health impact of bioterrorism and with violence as a public health concern.
Stout's belief in the fundamental role psychology plays in health care, addressing poverty and understanding and preventing conflict has resulted in a career dedicated to improving the well-being of underserved populations around the world. His philanthropic activities include international missions with the Flying Doctors of America to Vietnam and Peru. There, he is working on a community-based "children's village" where former street children can receive humanitarian care and psychosocial services. He helped start a kindergarten for AIDS-orphaned children in Tanzania and was invited by the government of Benin to work on increasing medical services and medical education, particularly on behavioral aspects of AIDS and malaria response. Stout was also recently invited, on behalf of the president of Rwanda, to Kigali to collaborate on a project to rebuild the national hospital. Other projects have taken him to Central America, Northern Ireland, the former Soviet Union, South Africa and Central Asia.
Stout is a peace fellow with Witness for Peace and he has worked with Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Amnesty International. He served as a nongovernmental organization special representative to the United Nations and is a signatory of its 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.
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