In February, University of Michigan (U-M) Provost Paul N. Courant, PhD, named APA Fellow James S. Jackson, PhD, director of the university's Institute for Social Research (ISR).

Jackson, a social psychologist, is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and the director of the ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics. He is also a professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health.

The institute was founded in 1948, making it one of the world's oldest and largest academic social science research organizations.

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health named psychologist Laurie Alexander, PhD, the foundation's executive associate for mental health services research. Alexander will assist Arthur Whaley, PhD, the associate director for Mental Health Services Research, in conducting studies on the effectiveness of mental health services and the need for public mental health care.

The Hogg Foundation is an administrative unit of the University of Texas at Austin that manages both programs and grant-making activities in support of mental health service and research projects in Texas.

At a February ceremony, the American Group Psychotherapy Association presented psychologist Saul Scheidlinger, PhD, an APA Fellow, with an award for his lifelong contributions to education and training in group psychotherapy.

Scheidlinger, a former president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and an adjunct professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College.


Luce wins National Medal of Science

President Bush presented APA Fellow R. Duncan Luce, PhD, with the 2003 National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in the mathematical behavioral sciences at a White House ceremony in March.

Luce is a professor emeritus of cognitive sciences and economics at the University of California, Irvine, where his work blends mathematical theory and behavioral science experiments--an application of both psychology and economics.

The National Medal of Science, established by the U.S. Congress in 1959, is the nation's highest honor for scientists and engineers. The National Science Foundation administers the award.


Coons receives HHS fellowship

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded APA member Helen L. Coons, PhD, a Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship.

Coons, an APA member, was nominated for the fellowship by APA's Practice Directorate for her work helping to establish research-based health and mental health programs for women in Philadelphia, her subsequent management of an HIV/AIDS primary-care network across eight community health centers and various other interdisciplinary teaching activities for health-care providers in medicine, nursing, psychology and public health.

The six-month fellowship brings together a multidisciplinary group of primary health-care providers to study health-care policy-making and prepares them to shape institutional, local, state and national policies.

Coons provides consultation and treatment services in women's primary care, obstetrics-gynecology and other subspecialty settings in Philadelphia.