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APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, chose seven psychologists to receive presidential citations announced at APA's 2003 Annual Convention, five during the closing session, and two during an event sponsored by APA's Practice Directorate and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The recipients were:

  • Ellen Berscheid, PhD, Regent's Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, for her "creative theorizing and innovative research in the psychological study of interpersonal relationships."

  • Robert Fazio, graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, for creating Hold the Door For Others, an organization dedicated to helping families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, former APA CEO, for his long dedication to APA, including 22 years on APA's Board of Directors.

  • Edmund W. Gordon, PhD, for career contributions to psychology, including research in support of the federal Head Start program, interdisciplinary work in education, editing journals and chairing numerous commissions and study panels.

  • Elaine LeVine, PhD, in clinical practice in Las Cruces, N.M., for her leadership in the effort to pass the first prescription privileges law in the country. New Mexico's governor signed it into law early last year.

  • Walter E. Penk, PhD, and Rodney R. Baker, PhD, on the occasion of their retirement from the Department of Veterans Affairs after decades of service to psychology and veterans.

APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, presented a commendation to Sue Taylor Brown on her retirement from her position as executive director of the Maryland Psychological Association in June. Sternberg applauded Brown's 28 years of service, which make her the longest-serving executive officer of a state or provincial psychological association. "Her political acumen," the commendation reads, "led to numerous legislative successes enabling the practice of psychology and protecting patients who seek psychological services." During her tenure, the association tackled such issues as psychological testing by nonpsychologists and the rights of psychologists to appear on the witness stand.

Ellen Gerrity, PhD, has been appointed senior policy adviser to the Duke University/UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Gerrity will add her public policy background to the center's efforts to enhance care for traumatized children and their families nationwide and expand their families' access to counseling services. Gerrity left her former position as an associate director at the National Institute of Mental Health for this job, which includes a joint faculty appointment with Duke University's department of psychiatry and Duke's Sanford Institute for Policy Studies.

Longtime University of Rochester psychology professor Vincent Nowlis, PhD, died in May. Nowlis received his PhD from Yale University in 1939, and began conducting research on primates, seeking to shed light on the evolution of human social behavior. In the 1940s, he worked with Alfred Kinsey on the research that informed Kinsey's groundbreaking report on sexual behavior. After joining the University of Rochester faculty in 1951, Nowlis created the Mood Adjective Check List, which identified the effects of specific settings or stimuli on a person's mood. Nowlis, who had reached professor emeritus status, was also known for his research on childrearing and substance abuse.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has selected M. Duncan Stanton, PhD, for its Cumulative Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award. Stanton, professor emeritus at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., and a principal investigator at The Morton Center in Louisville, will receive the award at the association's annual conference this month. The association said it selected Stanton for his research and publications on issues in the treatment of families with members who are chemically dependent.

Five psychologists spoke at Working Mother magazine's July conference, "Best companies for women of color 2003," which addressed how changes in American business affect ethnic-minority women. Conference participants included Melba Vasquez, PhD, executive director of Vasquez & Associates of Austin, Texas, Mary McRae, EdD, associate professor of applied psychology at New York University, Teresa LaFramboise, PhD, associate professor of education at Stanford University, Debra Noumair, EdD, associate professor of psychology and education at Columbia University Teachers College, and Janet Helms, PhD, professor of counseling psychology and director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. Topics covered by these psychologists included identity and intercultural communication.

--M. GREENGRASS