John R. Anderson, PhD, the Richard King Mellon Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has received the $100,000 David E. Rumelhart Prize from the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation for contributions to the analysis of human cognition using the applied mathematics of computer system design. Anderson was selected for his theories of the computational operations underlying human thought and memory searching.
In June, Christine Chambers, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and psychology at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, became the first psychologist to win the Young Investigator Award in Pediatric Pain from the International Association for the Study of Pain. The award was presented during the International Symposium on Pediatric Pain in Sydney, Australia. Chambers was selected for her research on the developmental and social determinants of children's pain.
Two psychologists were among five recipients of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award, which includes a $300,000 grant for a research project up to three years long. According to the foundation, William R. Miller, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, was selected for developing motivational interviewing--which draws out a patient's own motivation for change--and creating briefer interventions for less severe alcohol disorders. Miller plans to investigate the current uses of motivational interviewing and study the connection between spirituality and addiction recovery.
The other recipient was A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and executive director of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. He was selected for his research on the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment and reducing the stigma of addiction. McLellan plans to develop a consumer-friendly guide to addiction treatments.
Justin Oh-Lee, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and co-director of the Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience Center at Central Michigan Univer-sity, has received a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence Fellowship for 2003-2004 for his work in improving the lives of patients with Parkinson's disease. Oh-Lee plans to use the fellowship, which includes a $21,000 grant, to continue his research on the debilitating side effects of levodopa, the only available treatment for Parkinson's disease.
George Taylor, PhD, a retired clinical psychologist in Atlanta and former president of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), received four awards celebrating his lifetime achievement in psychology at a late August event in Atlanta. GPA gave him its first Lifetime Achievement Award. He then received a certificate of recognition from GPA, the APA Insurance Trust, the Association of Practicing Psychologists and APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice for his many contributions to the professional practice of psychology. Last, Taylor was given a presidential citation from APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD.
Jennifer Veitch, PhD, a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, was recognized this summer by two associations for researchers and practitioners in lighting. In August, she was made a fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America in recognition of "her leadership in human factors research in lighting" and "her commitment to transfer the results of this research to practitioners." In May, she and colleague Guy Newsham, PhD, received the Walsh-Weston Award from the Society of Light and Lighting for their recommendations on lighting quality in offices.
Longtime Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) psychologist Charles G. Watson, PhD, died in August. Watson was a research psychologist at St. Cloud VA Medical Center from 1963 until 1996. He was associate chief of staff for research during most of his career, and his primary research interest was post-traumatic stress disorder. Watson created the instrument known as PTSD-I, which is still in use today.