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APA President Diane F. Halpern, PhD, recognized at APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu the psychologists and legislators who enabled Louisiana's enacted law granting appropriately trained psychologists the ability to prescribe psychotropic medications.

In particular, she awarded presidential citations to:

  • Sen. Donald E. Hines, MD, president of the Louisiana State Senate, for his instrumental role in advocating for the law in the state legislature. Hines, the legislature's only physician, said the new Louisiana law will open the door for similar laws in other states. "I look forward to working with you to help make that legislation possible," he added, "because it will improve patient care, and I think that's what this is all about."

  • John Bolter, PhD, a past president of the Louisiana Psychological Association and past chair of the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, for gaining psychologist and public support for the prescriptive authority initiative and in developing university-based postdoctoral training in clinical psychopharmacology for psychologists in Louisiana.

  • James Quillin, PhD, a neuropsychologist and past chair of the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, for his success in lining up legislative support for the law. Halpern noted that his "resolute determination to pass the bill--regardless of the number of years it took or the amount of sacrifice required--was an indomitable force that galvanized his colleagues in the face of obstacles and setbacks."

--D. SMITH BAILEY AND M. DITTMANN