Cedric L. Alexander, PsyD, is the new deputy chief of the Rochester Police Department in Rochester, N.Y. As director of organizational development, his responsibilities include recruitment training and background investigation. Prior to his appointment, Alexander was an instructor and Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center with a specialization in police psychology, family therapy, group process and multiculturalism.
In 1999, Alexander, a former deputy sheriff, combined his academic research and field experience and contributed to the work "Police Trauma: Psychology Aftermath of Civilian Combat," which detailed the psychological impact of police work.
APA's Div. 55 (The American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) has established the Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for an outstanding student dissertation or published paper in either clinical psychology or prescription authority advocacy. The $500 prize will be awarded at the APA annual convention beginning in 2003.
The award was named after DeLeon, a former APA president and an advisor to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii).
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon presented Thomas Demaria, PhD, with the New York State Senate Liberty Award for Demaria's creation of a special bereavement and trauma counseling center for children who lost family members in the World Trade Center disaster and for extensive services provided to schools, community groups, religious organizations and businesses traumatized by Sept. 11.
Founded in 2000, the liberty award is given to individuals who display exceptional heroic or humanitarian acts on the behalf of New Yorkers. Demaria is the administrative director of Behavioral Health Services at South Nassau Communities Hospital in New York. His specialties include marriage therapy, behavioral medicine, stress management and trauma counseling.
For 2002-03, Celia B. Fisher, PhD, will hold the position of bioethicist in residence at Yale University. Fisher is director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. The center was created in 1999 to encourage scholarly, scientific and public practices guided by respect for diversity within communities and nations. Her research topics include how teen-agers and parents from different ethnic backgrounds react to racial discrimination and the ability of adults and children with cognitive vulnerability to consent to treatment. Fisher is also professor of applied developmental psychology at Fordham University.
G. Frank Lawlis, PhD, a fellow of APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and Div. 38 (Health), has been named supervisory psychologist of American Mensa in July. He replaces Abbie F. Salny, EdD. Lawlis will be responsible for ensuring the integrity of American Mensa's testing program and evaluating new tests that determine admission to the organization.
Lawlis is a research professor at the department of rehabilitation, social work and addictions at the University of North Texas and a medical expert for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
John Miyamoto, PhD, a professor at the University of Washington, has received the "Best Published Article in The Journal of Mathematical Psychology" award. He received the award for his paper, "Quality-adjusted Life Years utility models under expected utility and rank-dependent utility assumptions." According to The Journal of Mathematical Psychology, the goal of Miyamoto's research was to "develop empirically valid models of health preferences in order that health policies and medical decisions can be more consistent with the actual preferences of patients and the general public."
The National Association for Gifted Children is giving its 2002 Distinguished Scholar Award to Rena Subotnik, PhD. The Distinguished Scholar Award is given each year to an individual with a continued record of notable scholarship and contributions to the field of gifted education for more than 10 years. Subotnik is director of the APA Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education and the APF Center for Gifted Education Policy. She is the author or editor of over 40 publications on gifted education with a special focus on longitudinal methodology or talent development in science, mathematics and music. Before she came to APA, she was a professor of education at Hunter College where she served as research and curriculum consultant to the Hunter College Campus Schools, the nation's oldest continuously operating schools for gifted children, grades pre-kindergarten through high school.
Eight fellowships are now available in The Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellowship Program offered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The program, which began in 1973 and is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps outstanding, mid-career health professionals understand the health policy process and contribute to the formulation of new policies and programs. The three-year fellowships are offered to academic faculty members in various health-care fields from medicine to social and behavioral health. For further information, visit www.nas.edu/rwj.