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Outstanding researchers, practitioners and educators will be honored with a variety of awards at APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20. 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, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m in Yerba Buena Salon 7 in the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. Many award recipients will speak at other sessions. For the most current times, dates and locations for the convention sessions, refer to the 2007 convention program, available this summer.

Science Awards
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Education Awards
Practice Awards
International Awards

SCIENCE

Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions

Marilynn B. Brewer, PhD, Eminent Scholar and Professor of Social Psychology at the Ohio State University, is being honored for her contributions to our understanding of social identity and intergroup relations.

Brewer has studied how our identities and social behavior are shaped by our group memberships. Her work changed the way scientists around the world think about issues of prejudice and discrimination. Her groundbreaking research has shown that intergroup bias is often driven not by the perception that other groups are bad, but rather by the belief that our own groups are good. Further, her Optimal Distinctiveness Theory has shown how people reconcile a need to belong with a need to be unique. Currently, she is working to unravel the complex web of multiple social identities--that is, how people who identify with multiple groups define their in-group and how this affects their attitudes toward diversity and social change.

Her early work with her dissertation advisor Donald Campbell, PhD, made lasting contributions to the study of stereotyping, discrimination and racism. The research on ethnocentrism helped to structure the field of intergroup relations and had an impact on the ways people conceptualize in-group and out-group interactions.

An area that developed from her work on ethnocentrism has been her long-time interest in social-cognitive processes in intergroup relations. Her 1979 Psychological Bulletin paper on intergroup boundaries and pro-in-group bias demonstrated that intergroup bias could reflect in-group favoritism without out-group derogation. This helped reorient the field from a primary emphasis on prejudice as antipathy to intergroup bias and provided a foundation for bridging European and North American social psychology.

Brewer's research with Norman Miller, PhD, on intergroup contact and desegregation had both theoretical and practical implications and helped guide public policy in this area. That work led to a model on the role of personalization in reducing intergroup bias. This model proposed that intergroup contact that was socially oriented and involved the exchange of personal information can be one of the most effective ways to reduce intergroup bias and conflict.

Her work has influenced researchers in other domains such as political psychology, cultural psychology, international relations and organizational psychology.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions

Jean M. Mandler, PhD, distinguished research professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego, is being honored for her contributions to our understanding of the mind of infants and early cognitive development. Mandler's work in the 1970s on children's and adults' perception of and memory for scenes and her program of research on story representation and memory made her well known and highly regarded. Her work on story grammars and on the content and structure of knowledge representations was productive for both cognitive and developmental psychology. Her work on event schemas led her to study how infants organize their experience. She discovered that infants can recall events considerably earlier than Piaget had assumed. This implied that infants begin to form an accessible conceptual system at an early age, contrary to established Piagetian wisdom that infants are solely sensorimotor creatures with no concepts that enable them to recall the past or to engage in conceptual thought. This work in turn led to her research on preverbal concept formation.

Mandler's insightful and varied research on event schemas, preverbal representation, memory in infancy, early categorization abilities in infants and toddlers, inductive inference abilities and relations between conceptual and perceptual representations broke new theoretical ground and provided compelling empirical data. She pioneered ingenious new experimental techniques for assessing the thoughts of infants and toddlers, methods that have revolutionized the study of cognition in young children. Her award-winning book "The Foundations of Mind" (Oxford University Press, 2004) formulated an influential theory of how the conceptual system gets started and how it develops.

Mandler's discoveries pushed the field into new directions and she has gained a position of leadership in the areas of developmental and cognitive psychology.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions

Paul Rozin, PhD, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and associate director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, is being honored for his research contributions to our understanding of the interplay among biological mechanisms, psychological processes and socio-cultural factors in food regulation, reading and memory, the emotion of disgust and social and cultural psychology.

Early in his career, Rozin studied specific hungers and taste aversion in rats. The question of how rats choose their diet and avoid foods that make them ill had broad significance with regard to learning theory. Through his studies, he showed that although the negative effects of dietary selection (illness) were felt hours after ingesting the food, the rats consistently and easily learned to avoid food that made them ill. These findings provided data that led to eventual changes to the biological basis of learning.

His work on dietary selection in rats led to Rozin's interest in food selection in humans. He investigated how biology interacts with socialization to produce a culture's preferred diet. Rozin showed how dietary selection developed from infancy to childhood and showed why dietary preferences and dislikes are difficult to alter. He also showed that social factors, such as size of the portion we are served, the amount that is socially acceptable to eat, and memory of what and how long ago we've eaten, play as important a role in regulation as biological factors. His studies on attitudes toward food in different countries and on portion sizes have been influential in research on eating and obesity.

From his focus on diet, Rozin's research on the emotion of disgust broadened to encompass the social and moral realm. The expression of disgust that accompanies something we feel is morally reprehensible resembles the action we perform in eliminating an unpalatable food. His pioneering studies on the moral dimensions of disgust and the related concepts of contagion and sympathetic magic are original and theoretically important. They show how fundamental, biological modules that evolved to serve a highly specific purpose can then serve ends that are far removed from their biological origin.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology

Karl G. Jöreskog, PhD, emeritus professor of multivariate statistical analysis at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Peter M. Bentler, PhD, professor of psychology and statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, are being honored for their contributions in the field of psychometrics, particularly in the area of structural equation modeling (SEM).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Jöreskog developed models, procedures and computer programs (such as LISREL) for using observational data to test psychological theories. These developments included confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis with latent variables. These methods, using LISREL, became known as structural equation modeling (SEM). With SEM, theory was specified a priori by specifying models that were hypothesized to account for the patterns of covariances and correlations in the data. Jöreskog included many illustrative models for varying hypotheses, statistical developments and estimation methods and defined a new approach. However, Jöreskog's developments were available to the most quantitatively inclined psychologists and many statistical issues in modeling testing and development had yet to be developed.

Bentler made SEM available to the broader audience in psychology. His developments included models, statistical procedures and a new computer program, EQS. With Bentler's developments, hypotheses could be stated by simple regression relationships that included both latent and observed variables. In collaboration with his students, Bentler developed statistics and procedures for model testing, model comparison and model development. These developments included model fit indices, multivariate methods for model testing and development. He also developed methods to assess power to detect differences among alternative models. He developed methods to handle data that did not fit the assumed multivariate normal distribution.

Both Jöreskog and Bentler continue to teach psychologists and other social scientists how to apply SEM to their data, which continues to make their developments widely available. Their contributions are outstanding due to the changes they have influenced in the way psychologists in so many substantive areas make inferences from their data.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Applied Psychology)

Robert D. Gray, PhD, of the Department of Applied Psychology at Arizona State University, is recognized for his research contributions in the area of applied psychology. He conducts research in the area of perception and action in the context of real-world performance. Rather than finding research topics in the laboratory or in the literature, Gray finds problems to investigate by observing people functioning in some actual task such as playing sports, driving automobiles or flying airplanes. He then studies these issues carefully in controlled laboratory situations, while keeping the original motivation for the research in mind. His approach produces research that is both fundamentally rigorous and relevant to application. Gray earned his PhD at York University in 1998.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience)

Patrik O. Vuilleumier, MD, of the University of Geneva, University Medical Center's Department of Neurosciences and Clinic of Neurology, is recognized for his research on the understanding of emotional modulation of perception and memory, and its breakdown following temporal-lobe sclerosis; on attentional influences upon perception and memory; on the attentional deficits that can follow parietal or frontal lesions and also on the neural basis of awareness. He uses a wide variety of approaches to study the influences of attention and emotion on perception and behavior in humans, and the neural bases of these in both health and disease. He brings together clinical insight, decisive behavioral studies and state-of-the-art functional neuroimaging in both basic and applied research settings. His fMRI work has applications to lesioned patients, to study the remote effects of damage in one area upon functional activity in structurally intact, remote but interconnected regions. Vuilleumier earned his MD at Geneva University in Switzerland.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Individual Differences)

R. Chris Fraley, PhD, of the Department of Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is recognized for his innovative work on individual differences in adult attachment dynamics. Fraley's research has played a pivotal role in shaping the way scholars conceptualize individual differences in attachment, the dynamics of stability and change and the psychological processes underlying the regulation of attachment-related thoughts, feelings and behavior. His research provides insight into the basic processes through which people regulate their thoughts and feelings and the developmental roots of individual differences in cognitive and affective functioning. Fraley's work has helped advance the way in which individual differences in attachment security are conceptualized and measured, the way researchers think about the continuity of attachment security over time and the evolutionary functions of attachment in adult romantic relationships. Fraley earned his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1999.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Perception, Motor Performance)

Jörn Diedrichsen, PhD, of the School of Psychology at the University of Wales is recognized for his contributions in the field of computational motor control and cognitive neuroscience. His work has helped promote a radical reconceptualization about the nature of bimanual coupling, shifting the theoretical analysis from abstract descriptions of the phenomenon to the development of explicit psychological process models in which component operations can be linked to neural substrates. Another example of his outstanding work is the development of a virtual reality system for the magnetic resonance environment that would allow the precise measurement of kinematics and forces. This system allows for the precise measurement of the participant's movement while giving the experimenter the opportunity to impose external forces. He also came up with an innovative method for detecting and adjusting for artifacts in functional magnetic resonance imaging time series data. Diedrichsen earned his PhD from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1998.

Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Social Psychology)

Matthew D. Lieberman, PhD, of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angele,s is recognized for his work using cognitive neuroscience to perform research in social psychology. One could say he was a pioneer in the field of social cognitive neuroscience. He examines the relation among processes operating at the social, affective, experiential cognitive-computational, and neural level of analysis and studies them in ways that are mutually interactive or constraining. Some of Lieberman's research includes an exploration of the neural bases of the dual processing distinction and his research on social rejection that illustrates how the neurocircuitries for social and physical pain overlap. Lieberman earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1999.

PUBLIC INTEREST

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career)

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD, the senior advisor on children, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a licensed clinical-community psychologist in addition to her role at SAMHSA where she provides leadership on federal national policy pertaining to mental health and substance use issues for children, adolescents and families. She is also the agency lead on cultural competence and eliminating health disparities.

Huang has worked in the field of children's mental health for the past 25 years as a community mental health practitioner, researcher, university faculty and most recently in public policy. She has worked with states and communities to build systems of care for children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. Huang has developed programs for underserved, culturally and linguistically diverse youth, evaluated community-based programs and authored books and articles on children's mental health.

Huang has assumed various leadership roles dedicated to improving the lives of children, families and communities. She was an appointed commissioner on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and a member of the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force; the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families; the Advisory Committee for the APA Minority Fellowship Program; and a founding board member of two multiethnic national behavioral health associations.

She received her BA from the University of Maryland Honors Programs and her doctorate from Yale University.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career)

Gary W. Harper, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Masters in Public Health Program at DePaul University, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving BAs in biology and psychology from Washington University, he earned his MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a clinical internship at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute and a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Harper joined the faculty at DePaul University in 1996. Through his action research and community service, Harper works in collaboration with communities to address social problems and to promote social justice for young people experiencing oppression. He has been involved in HIV prevention, treatment, research, advocacy and community organizing for more than 20 years. Harper's work has focused on homeless and runaway youth, urban female adolescents of color, and gay and bisexual youth of color in the United States, as well as school children and rural youth in Kenya. He served as chair of both APA's Committee on Psychology and AIDS and Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns, and is an APA Fellow in Divs. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues). Harper has received several academic and community awards for his commitment to teaching and mentoring, action research and community service, awards from APA's Office on AIDS, Divs. 27 and 44, and the Illinois Psychological Association.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Vickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH, of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health, received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Soon after joining the UCLA faculty in 1979, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in research methods at the University of Michigan's Program for Research on Black Americans. The next year, armed with a New Investigator Research Award, she spent six months studying field survey methodology and mental health among Latinos with sociologist Richard Hough at the UCLA Epidemiology Catchment Area Project. This was followed by another year at the University of Michigan completing studies of stress, discrimination and mental health services use among African Americans. From 1987 to 1989, she was a Rand Corporation Health Policy Fellow, completing a masters of science in public health at UCLA. In the mid-1980s, along with colleague Susan Cochran, she launched a series of behavioral studies of HIV/AIDS in Black and Latina women, African American men who have sex with men, heterosexual young adults and sexual minorities. In 2004, she was presented a Lifetime Award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research for her pioneering behavioral research on women. Mays has received numerous recognitions and awards for her work from national organization such as the American Public Health Association, the National Center for Health Education, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Library of Medicine. In 2003, she received APA's Women and Leadership Award.

EDUCATION

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology

Sheila M. Eyberg, PhD, a distinguished professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical-child psychology at the Oregon Health and Sciences University where she developed Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and its related assessment measures, including the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System, the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory and the Therapy Attitude Inventory. During her career, Eyberg has trained hundreds of psychology graduate students and interns in PCIT and has conducted more than 50 training workshops for professional therapists in the United States and abroad. She has also published more than 130 research articles and papers related to PCIT, and has been an Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy and the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. Eyberg is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, an APA Fellow and is past president of Divs. 37 (Society for Child, Youth, and Family Services), 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) and 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology), as well as the Southeastern Psychological Association. She has also been a member of the Child Psychopathology and Treatment Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health. She is currently conducting a five-year NIMH study comparing individual versus group PCIT for preschool children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology

Thomas R. Kratochwill, PhD, Sears-Bascom Professor, director of the School Psychology Program, director of the Educational and Psychological Training Center and co-director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Education Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kratochwill is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. He has written or edited more than 30 books and has made more than 300 professional presentations. In 1977 he received the Lightner Witmer Award from Div. 16 (School). In 1981 he received the Outstanding Research Contributions Award from the Arizona State Psychological Association and an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Scientific Knowledge in Psychology from the Wisconsin Psychological Association in 1995. He was the recipient of the Senior Scientist Award from Div. 16 in 1995. In 1995 the Wisconsin Psychological Association selected his research for its Margaret Bernauer Psychology Research Award and in 1995, 2001 and 2002 the School Psychology Quarterly selected one of his articles as best of the year. In 2005 Kratochwill received the Jack I. Bardon Distinguished Achievement Award from Div. 16. He was selected as the founding editor of the School Psychology Quarterly from 1984 to 1992. He is past president of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and co-chair of the Task Force on Evidence-Based Interventions in School Psychology.

Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training

Lauren B. Resnick, PhD, professor of psychology and cognitive science and director of the Learning Research and Development Center and the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh is an internationally known scholar in the cognitive science of learning and instruction. Her current research focuses on school reform, the nature and development of thinking abilities and the role of talk and discourse in learning. Her National Academy of Sciences monograph, Education and Learning to Think, has influenced both research and school reform efforts, and her widely circulated presidential address for the American Educational Research Association, "Learning In School and Out," has shaped thinking about learning and teaching in both formal and informal settings. Resnick founded and directs LRDC's Institute for Learning, which focuses on professional development for educators based on cognitive learning principles. The institute has achieved national recognition for helping to improve the academic performances of children in urban school districts. In 1990, Resnick co-founded the New Standards Project, a performance-based assessment system aimed at improving learning among U.S. schoolchildren. Resnick has received multiple awards for her research, including the 1999 Oeuvre Award from European Association on Research for Learning and Instruction (EARLI). She is currently a member of EARLI's executive committee. She is also a past president of the American Educational Research Association, an APA Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of both the U.S. National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education.

PRACTICE

Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research

Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, professor of counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was trained in mathematics (bachelor's degree from the University of Washington) before earning his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara). Wampold's work involves understanding counseling and psychotherapy from empirical, historical and anthropological perspectives. His analysis of empirical evidence, which has led to the development of a contextual model from which to understand the benefits of counseling and psychotherapy, is found in his book, "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings," (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001). Much of his work uses sophisticated statistical methods to model psychotherapy process and outcomes to determine the factors that explain the benefits of psychotherapy. His and his colleagues' analyses of naturalistic data and clinical trials has indicated that therapists in practice produce outcomes comparable to those obtained by therapists in clinical trials, that the proportion of variability in outcomes that is attributable to therapists is greater than the proportion of variability due to the type of treatment delivered, that placebo effects in psychotherapy and medicine are large, often approaching the size of the effect due to treatment and that all psychotherapies intended to be therapeutic are approximately equally effective. He is the author of more than 100 books, chapters and articles related to counseling, psychotherapy, statistics and research methods. He is a Fellow of Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), as well as a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, a private practitioner in Austin, Texas, has provided extensive leadership service including as member-at-large of the APA Board of Directors (2007- 2009). She is a past president of the Texas Psychological Association and of Divs. 35 (Society of Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology). She is an APA Fellow and holds the Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She co-founded Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and co-founded the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (with Derald Wing Sue, PhD, Rosie Bingham, PhD, and Lisa Porche-Burke, PhD). She has published extensively in the areas of professional ethics, ethnic-minority psychology, psychology of women and supervision and training. She is the co-author, with Ken Pope, PhD, of the books "Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide" (Jossey-Bass, 1998) and "How To Survive and Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas, and Resources for Psychologists in Practice" (APA, 2005). She has received numerous awards, including: Woman of the Year, 2006, Div. 17's Section for the Advancement of Women; James M. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004; Psychologist of the Year, Texas Psychological Association, 2003; Senior Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, 2002; and the Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award, Committee of Women in Psychology, 2000.

Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice in the Public Sector

The 36-year career of Thomas W. Miller, PhD, includes professorship and tenure in three public sector universities, serving as chief of psychology in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and senior psychologist at Buffalo State Hospital. He received his doctorate from the State University of New York, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and is an APA Fellow and a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the Royal Society of Medicine. Miller has served in leadership roles at the state and national levels, published 10 books including the "Stressful Life Events" series (International Universities Press, 1989), several book chapters, numerous publications in professional refereed journals and scholarly presentations nationally and internationally. Miller has consulted with the National Mental Health Research Centers in Moscow, Novosirbirsk, Tomsk, Yeravan and Khabarovsk, Russia and the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, England. He has taught at universities in England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia and consulted with the Royal Ministry of Defense at Haslar Naval Base in Southhampton, England. Miller is the recipient of the Great Teacher and Master Teacher Awards from the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky and University Teaching Fellow Award from the University of Connecticut. He is a Distinguished Alumnus from the State University of New York, recipient of the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Psychological Association of Western New York and the Kentucky Psychological Association, recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Murray State University and recipient of Div. 18's Distinguished Service and Research Awards, recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology award from the Connecticut Psychological Association and recipient of RHR International's Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology from Div. 13.

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

Gabriela Livas Stein, PhD, was born in Mexico City and immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. After graduating from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, she worked as a research coordinator for the Home-School Connection program at Tufts University, helping Latino families successfully transition children to kindergarten. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her research examined interpersonal factors related to adolescent psychopathology. Her dissertation, under Andrea Hussong, PhD, sought to understand the relationship between friendship quality and adolescent alcohol use. In addition, she collaborated on various research projects that explored specific cultural processes in developmental transitions and clinical phenomena with Latinos. At UNC, she also co-founded Proyecto Bienestar Mental, a group of students who provided psycho-educational talks to the Latino community. These talks aimed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Latino community by openly discussing mental illness and demystifying treatment. Together with other mental health providers, Gabriela also helped open El Futuro, a non profit, Latino mental health center. While at El Futuro, she was invited by the Mexican Consulate of Raleigh to serve as a state representative to a conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the mental health needs of Mexicans. Gabriela is completing her internship training at the University of California, San Diego/Veterans Affairs Consortium.

INTERNATIONAL

Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology

Ruben Ardila, PhD, was born in 1942 in San Vincente, Santander, Colombia. He studied psychology at the National University in Bogota and published his first articles there. After hitchhiking around Europe and the Middle East for a year, he completed his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a visiting professor in Germany, the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina and other countries. He has published 28 books and more than 250 scientific articles in many countries and in several languages, on experimental psychology, social issues, behavior analysis, the history of psychology, conceptual and philosophical problems and other topics.

He is a former president of the Inter-American Society of Psychology, the founder of the Colombian Society of Psychology, and of the Latin American Association of Behavior Analysis and Modification. Ardila was a member for 12 years of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science and at present is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He also belongs to APA, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Society for Cross-Cultural Psychology, the International Council of Psychologists, the International Society of Clinical Psychology, the International Society for Comparative Psychology, the Psychonomic Society and others.

Ardila believes psychologists in the developing world have a difficult mission: contributing to psychology as a universal science while at the same time improving the quality of life of their fellow human beings.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology

Frederick T.L. Leong, PhD, is professor of psychology at the Michigan State University in the Industrial/Organizational and clinical psychology programs. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in various counseling and psychology journals, 50 book chapters and edited or co-edited eight books. Leong has also served as guest editor for 10 special issues of journals related to cross-cultural topics in psychology. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Counseling (Sage Publications). Leong is a fellow of APA Divs. 1 (Society for General Psychology), 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues)--of which he is also the current president--and 52 (International); the Association for Psychological Science; the Asian American Psychological Association; and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He was also the recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Contributions Award from the Asian American Psychological Association and the 1999 John Holland Award from Div 17. His major research interests include cultural and personality factors related to career choice and work adjustment, culture and mental health, and cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian Americans). Professionally, he has served on numerous APA committees. Most recently he was appointed to APA's Board of Scientific Affairs. He is the immediate past president of the Asian American Psychological Association and of the Division of Counseling Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)--a new IAAP division he founded.

International Humanitarian Award

Gerard A. (Jerry) Jacobs, PhD, is director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) and a professor at the University of South Dakota. He is active in fieldwork, training, program development and consultation in disaster psychology and psychological support nationally and internationally for the Disaster Mental Health Institute, the Red Cross movement and APA. He has responded to such large-scale disasters as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India. He served for eight years as national consultant for disaster mental health for the Red Cross.

He has received two APA Presidential Citations for his work in disaster psychology. He served for eight years on the APA Disaster Response Network Advisory Board. He was the APA consultant for the December 2004 tsunami. He has served on APA national task forces on Indian mental health, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City and resilience in response to terrorism. In 2006 Jacobs received the Distinguished International Psychologist Award from the APA's Div. 52 (International). He is an author of the World Health Organization's "Tool for the Rapid Assessment of Mental Health" (2001). He served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Responding to the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism. He works with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center on psychological support training and program development in Asia.