Susan Brandon, PhD, a former senior scientist at APA, is the new assistant director for social, behavioral and educational sciences at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which provides scientific and technical advice to the executive branch of the federal government. As liaison to the behavioral and social science community, Brandon will work to advance the use of social science research data in government decision-making. Most recently, Brandon was chief of the Affect and Biobehavioral Regulation Program at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Thomas Eissenberg, PhD, associate professor of psychology and head of the Clinical Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been awarded a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute. Eissenberg and his colleagues will develop a model to test the effects of supposed safer alternatives to smoking, such as cigarettes containing tobacco with fewer cancer-causing chemicals. They are interested in whether these products result in better health outcomes and reduced smoking.
Rona M. Fields, PhD, has been appointed a senior research professor at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University. Among other projects, Fields will use funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to create a searchable archive of psychological tests and interviews drawing from her 40 years working in areas plagued by terrorism and violence.
E. Scott Geller, PhD, professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, has received the university's 2003 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising. The award is given yearly to a faculty member who has provided exceptional mentoring to graduate students, and Geller was praised by the award committee for giving students research experience, assistantships and opportunities to advance their careers.
Howard A. Liddle, EdD, has received the 2003 Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation for work documenting the effectiveness of family-based approaches to adolescent substance abuse treatment. Specifically, Liddle received the award for his 2001 study "Multidimensional family therapy for adolescent drug abuse: results of a randomized clinical trial," published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Vol. 27, No. 4). Liddle is a professor of epidemiology and public health, psychology and counseling psychology at the University of Miami Medical School, as well as the director of the university's Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse.
In March, former APA Congressional Fellow Wendy S. Pachter, PhD, JD, accepted a new position at the National Association of Attorneys General as the association's chief counsel and director of end-of-life health care. As part of her mission to educate attorneys general on issues facing citizens at the end of life, she will work with them, their staffs and a national advisory committee.
Psychologist Michael G. Perri, PhD, has been named associate dean for research at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. Perri, who works in the field of obesity and health promotion, has been a professor of clinical and health psychology at the university since 1990.
Two psychologists were among the four recipients of the Sigourney Award, which recognizes contributions to the field of psychoanalysis. Howard Shevrin, PhD, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan, was selected by a committee of psychoanalysts for his work documenting Freudian theory through physical measures of brain activity, and Marvin Margolis, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychology at Wayne State University, was chosen for his contributions as a teacher. Shevrin and Margolis each received $35,000 from the Mary S. Sigourney Award Trust.
The National Eating Disorders Association has awarded its Joan Wismer Research Grant to Nancy Zucker, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Eating Disorders Program at Duke University Medical Center. Zucker will receive $10,000 for her project, "A group parent-training program: a novel approach for the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa," which will examine how better parent education influences treatment of adolescents with eating disorders.