Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, PhD, of California State University at Fresno (CSU), was appointed to the National Mental Health Association's board of directors. A professor of clinical community psychology, Aguilar-Gaxiola received the 2000 CSU Provost's Excellence Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research and the 1999 Medal of Congress in Chile for his work with the Hispanic and disabled communities.
Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, known for his work on eating disorders, obesity and body-weight regulation, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University. Brownell has formerly served as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and APA's Div. 38 (Health).
Brownell is currently a psychology professor and director of graduate studies for the psychology department at Yale University, as well as director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders.
APA foreign affiliate, Cary L. Cooper, PhD, a professor of organizational psychology at the University of Manchester, was named a Comman-der of the British Empire (CBE) during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors, during which the queen recognizes outstanding professionals. He was recognized for his work on occupational stress, women at work, and industrial and organizational psychology.
Cooper has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization and the European Union. He is currently the editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and deputy vice chancellor at Manchester.
John D. Corrigan, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University (OSU), was awarded the 2001 William Fields Caveness award by the Brain Injury Association of America for his work in the field of brain injury and rehabilitation research.
In 1983, Corrigan established the Brain Injury Unit at OSU, which is the only such specialized unit serving central Ohio. His research has focused on agitation upon emergence from a coma, substance abuse after brain injury and the long-term outcomes of injury. In addition, Corrigan is a past president of the Ohio Psychological Association and currently represents Div. 22 (Rehabilitation) on APA's Council of Representatives.
Anie Kalayjian, EdD, an adjunct professor of psychology at Fordham University, was selected to chair the 54th Annual Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), sponsored by the United Nations Department of Public Information. The theme of the conference is "Diversity of the Volunteer Experience."
Kalayjian's work has focused on the psychological effects of trauma in disaster victims, peace education and conflict resolution.
Bruce Peltier, PhD, an associate professor at the University of the Pacific (UOP) School of Dentistry, was awarded the United Methodist Teacher/Scholar Award on May 18. He was recognized for "exemplary scholarship, teaching and an ethical concern for students and colleagues."
Peltier has spent much of his career focused on biomedical ethics. A 1970 West Point graduate, he has served as a past president of the Ethics in Dentistry Network and is currently course director of UOP's ethics program.
Judith Torney-Purta, PhD, a professor of human development at the University of Maryland, was awarded the 2001 Nevitt Sanford award by the International Society for Political Psychology in recognition of her efforts to "create knowledge that can be applied to solve social or political problems."
Torney-Purta recently released her study, "Citizenship and education in 28 countries: Civic knowledge and engagement at age 14," for publication in 2002. The study contains data from more than 90,000 teen-agers worldwide and will be used by psychologists and political scientists to further research on adolescents' political and civic development.
Frank Y. Wong, PhD, was awarded a four-year, $1.8 million grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate drug use and HIV-related risk practices among Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese populations in Washington, D.C. Wong is a senior research scientist at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services, and has done extensive research on HIV, substance abuse, and health-care access and utilization by underserved and vulnerable populations. He has a particular interest in Asian and Pacific Islander populations, as well as in immigrants and refugees.