Baird to chair House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), a licensed clinical psychologist and APA member, assumed the chairship of the House Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education in January.

According to APA Executive Director for Science Steven Breckler, PhD, Baird's new position is an important step for the subcommittee.

"For the first time in history, a behavioral scientist is chairing this important subcommittee," says Breckler. "Rep. Baird's leadership is especially important right now, because the subcommittee will be drafting the reauthorization of the National Science Foundation, one of the principal sources of federal support for psychological research."

Before he was elected to Congress in 1998, Baird practiced psychology in Washington state and Oregon and chaired the psychology department at Pacific Lutheran University.

In his new role in the U.S. House, Baird will lead the subcommittee with jurisdiction over U.S. research and science and math education issues. In particular, the subcommittee provides oversight of National Science Foundation programs and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In his new post Baird says that he will be "looking for ways to increase our country's competitiveness in the fields of math, science and technology, while working to hold our place in the global marketplace."

His other priorities will include increasing interest in math, science and engineering careers among high school and college students, promoting new technologies and bolstering research opportunities.

Carlson receives Adler School Alumni Award

The Adler School of Professional Psychology awarded Jon Carlson, PhD, its first annual Outstanding Alumni Award in October. The award recognizes his outstanding community leadership and commitment to social justice, as evidenced in his work delivering aid to victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Carlson graduated from the Adler School in 1990 as part of the clinical psychology doctoral program's first graduating class. He is a distinguished professor of psychology and counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Ill., and a psychologist with the Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wis. He has authored 40 books, 150 journal articles and developed more than 200 videos featuring leading experts in the fields of psychotherapy, family therapy, brief therapy, substance abuse and treatment, parenting and couples education.

Marsh joins RHR International

RHR International Company, which specializes in executive and organizational development, appointed Greg Marsh, PhD, as a consultant in the firm's Dallas office in February. Prior to joining RHR, Marsh developed and implemented talent management and assessment programs for human capital consulting firms and a Fortune 1000 specialty retailer. He worked with leaders in a number of business segments including retail, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, construction and real estate.

Marsh specializes in assessing candidates for senior positions and in leadership coaching. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Dupree honored by American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) awarded Larry W. Dupree, PhD, its Mental Health and Aging Award at the Joint Conference of The American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging, held in Chicago in March. The award recognizes Dupree for his pioneering work creating treatment programs for older alcohol abusers that have served as models for replication nationwide. He also established the Florida Coalition for Optimal Mental Health and Aging, a statewide coalition of stakeholders interested in improving mental health and substance abuse treatment services for older Floridians.

Dupree served as chair of the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the Florida Mental Health Institute from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1998 to 2007, and now is associate chair there as he plans for retirement. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Memphis State University in 1981 and is a member of APA Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging). He co-chairs the Florida Coalition for Optimal Mental Health and Aging. Dupree's research focuses on substance abuse and older adults, neuropsychological assessment of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and assessment of mental health and substance abuse problems among consumers of home health-care services.

Dattilio receives clinical psychology honors

In January, Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, received the award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Humankind from the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychology, for his work developing a scholarship fund for needy students and his donation of resources and money to training mental health professionals in underprivileged nations.

Dattilio holds a joint faculty appointment with the department of psychiatry at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Past awards received by Dattilio include the APA Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) award for Distinguished Contributions to the field of Psychotherapy, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association award for Distinguished Contributions to Science and the Profession of Psychology and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Activities. Dattilio is a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology and maintains a private practice of clinical and forensic psychology in Allentown, Pa.

Ryff and Singer to deliver NIH lecture

In February the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) announced that Carol D. Ryff, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin, and Burton H. Singer, PhD, a psychology professor at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin, will give the second Matilda White Riley Lecture in the Behavioral and Social Sciences on June 6.

Ryff and Singer met in 1993 in London at a meeting of researchers from several MacArthur Foundation networks. Their first joint publication discussed mind and body connections and emphasized the paucity of prior work connecting positive psychological factors to biological processes. Most of their collaborative work since that time has involved assembling empirical evidence that psychosocial well-being has a distinctive neurobiological signature.

OBSSR sponsors the annual lecture in the behavioral and social sciences in honor of Matilda White Riley, who laid the groundwork for OBSSR. The annual lecture is given by a scientist whose research has contributed to behavioral and social scientific knowledge or its application. To read past lectures, visit the OBSSR Web site,

-- D. Schwartz