In April, the Brown University Medical School department of psychiatry and human behavior named A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, the inaugural Distinguished Alumna Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology. Caldwell-Colbert is currently professor of psychiatry and vice chair of psychological services at Howard University Hospital and president of APA's Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues).
Caldwell-Colbert's activities as visiting professor include addressing psychology interns about her career path as an ethnic-minority clinical psychologist and academic administrator. She also will help faculty, administrative staff and the medical school's diversity task force improve the recruitment, retention and training of ethnic-minority faculty, interns and research psychologists. This recognition builds on Caldwell-Colbert's professional service with APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs as chair of the Commission on Ethnic Minority Membership, Recruitment and Training and independent consulting activities on methods for identifying ethnic-minority trainees interested in research careers. She will work with the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at Brown and serve as a consultant on Brown University's Institutional Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health.
On May 19, the University of Wyoming (UW) presented Edward A. Wise, PhD, with UW's 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Wise earned his PhD from UW in 1980. UW recognized Wise's "distinguished career in psychology...as a tireless advocate for psychology...a prolific author of scientific articles and the founder of Mental Health Resources (MHR) in Memphis, Tenn."
As executive director of MHR-a private group practice-Wise conducts research in inpatient, outpatient, prison and other community mental health settings, practices full time, maintains an active caseload and supervises clinicians. Wise also serves on preferred provider organization credentialing committees, participates in state and local psychological organizations, consults with physicians' groups and provides psychological services to prisoners in the criminal justice system. In 2005, Wise received APA's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in the Private Sector. Wise is a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment, a fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals.
In June, Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, received the 2006 Ticho Award from the Ticho Foundation and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Leary is the director of psychology andpsychology training at Cambridge Health Alliance and is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research interests focus on the role of race and culture in clinical treatment, supervision and in organizations. Other interests include interdisciplinary work on negotiation, mediation and clinical treatment and delineating the components of effective practice in clinical and supervisory contexts.
The Ticho Award recognizes a midcareer psychoanalyst who has made significant contributions to their field and is continuing to write and conduct research. The award is named in honor of internationally renowned analysts and teachers Ernst and Gertrude Ticho.
In June, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) named Jennifer Skeem, PhD, the 2006-2007 recipient of its Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research. Now an associate psychology professor at UCI, Skeem studies violence
risk-assessment, mandated psychiatric treatment and psychopathy to inform practitioner's decision-making about individuals with mental disorders.
The award is conferred by the university's Academic Senate on those who have made significant contributions to their fields through distinguished research. Typically, one assistant, one associate and one full professor are selected for distinguished research awards each year, and Skeem is the first psychologist chosen to receive it in the past 11 years.
Robert Wicks, PsyD, professor and former chair in Loyola College's pastoral counseling department, received the inaugural Widener University Graduate Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology in June.
Wicks specializes in the prevention of secondary stress-the pressures experienced by professionals caring for victims of tragedy and trauma. In his clinical practice, Wicks works with psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, educators, relief workers and professionals in full-time ministry. In addition, he is a lecturer, workshop leader and consultant.
In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during the country's civil war. In 1993 and in 2001, he worked in Cambodia with other professionals. In 2006, he delivered a presentation on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to health-care professionals responsible for Iraqi war veterans evacuated to the United States with multiple amputations and severe head injuries.
James elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research
In June, Sherman A. James, PhD, was voted president-elect of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) at the society's annual meeting, held this year in Seattle. He will serve as SER's president from 2007 to 2008. James is the first African American to hold this office in the largest professional society of epidemiologists in the world.
Since 2003, James has served as the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University, with a secondary appointment in Community and Family Medicine at the university. James held professorships in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1973 to 1989 and at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 2003.
SER-the society James will soon head-was founded almost 40 years ago to provide epidemiologists a venue to learn about cutting-edge research and to forge national and international networks among epidemiologists across disciplines. As SER president, one of James's priorities will be to encourage the discipline to address the population health research challenges posed by globalization. In addition, he plans to advocate for the continued diversity of the SER membership.