Eileen Cronin, PhD, will receive the 2001-02 health policy fellowship awarded by APA's Practice Directorate, which allows psychologists to work in a federal agency and the opportunity to affect the regulatory process.
Cronin, who currently works with the federal government's Disability Determination Services, will work in the Office of Managed Care (now called the Office of the Associate Director for Organization and Financing) at the Center for Mental Health Services on a variety of issues concerning substance abuse, managed care and clinical practice. Cronin succeeds past fellows Catherine Acuff, PhD, and Terry Cline, PhD.
Jerry Middents, PhD, has been invited to teach at Manipal University in Karnataka, India, to plan the curriculum for the university's newly endowed Peace Chairman post, funded by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to focus on creating long-term strategies of peace building and justice "that challenge societal practices of structural violence." This post builds on Middents' involvement in peace and justice issues, including international consulting in the former Soviet Union in 1984 and in Yugoslavia and Poland in 1990. After being a member for 25 years, Middents will also receive a research grant from the Rotary Foundation.
Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Fellowships are awarded to midcareer health professionals who work in academic and community-based settings and are designed to increase the understanding of how public policy and biomedical research are related.
Johnson, currently director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Florida Health Science Center, will begin work with members of Congress in December to design practical health legislation and programs. "My main focus is to become more of an expert on health policy [and the] legislative process so I can be more effective," she says.
--J. COHEN AND R. BALLIE