The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service presented psychologist Captain Brian W. Flynn the Health Leader of the Year Award for his service as one of the country's top experts in the behavioral health consequences of natural and manmade disasters. Flynn has helped people all over the world cope with major catastrophes, including Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew, the Great Midwest Floods and the bombings of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In the aftermath of the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., Flynn joined Vice President and Mrs. Gore as a consultant to offer condolences to grieving parents and attend the memorial service.
Previous award winners include former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Sen. Bill Frist (RTenn.).
Husband and wife Charles R. Gallistel, PhD, and Rochel Gelman, PhD, from the University of California at Los Angeles, will join Rutgers University's department of psychology and the Center for Cognitive Science this fall. They will conduct research projects individually and with Rutgers faculty, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
An international leader in the study of animal cognition, Gallistel's research involves the ability of animals to time and count events, and to map the world in which they live so that they can navigate their world and time their behavior to anticipate events. Gelman's research in cognitive development has shown that young children possess early competencies for basic math concepts and causal reasoning about physical and animate events. Gelman's work has been used to develop new curricula and methods for teaching math and science.
Psychologist Mayra Angelina Gutiérrez Hernandez at the Rafael Landivar University in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, has vanished. Last seen on April 7, her family and colleagues suspect that her disappearance is part of a political campaign against the University of San Carlos (USAC), where Gutiérrez was an activist of USAC's Women's Commission, a group that organizes research on women's rights issues. Two months before Gutiérrez's disappearance, two students and an administrator from USAC were killed.
In response to this case, APA's CEO Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, has sent a letter urging the president of Guatemala, His Excellency Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, and members of the Guatemalan embassy to launch an independent investigation into Gutiérrez's disappearance and to present their findings to the public as soon as possible.
Kristofer J. Hagglund, PhD, has been chosen for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Program, where he will spend one year working in a congressional office to learn about health policy and to help develop new policies and programs.
The fellowship program, conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, picks outstanding midcareer health professionals with leadership skills and trains them to assume leadership roles in health policy and management.
Hagglund is the only psychologist selected this year, and the third in the history of the program. He follows Bob Frank, PhD, and Danny Wedding, PhD.
Hagglund is an associate professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Missouri Health School of Medicine.
The National Institute of Mental Health has granted Robin Jarrett, PhD, professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and Michael Thase, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, $1.6 million to study ways to curb recurring episodes of major depression. As the principal investigators, Jarrett will explore whether cognitive therapy is as effective in preventing recurrences of depression as medication, and Thase will study the pharmacotherapy aspects of treating depression. The co-principal investigators at UT Southwestern include Dolores Kraft, PhD, and Howard Gershenfeld, MD, PhD; the co-principal investigators on Thase's team include Edward Friedman, MD,Robert Howland, MD, and Xander Kornblitch, PhD.
American Indian Associates' Chief Executive Officer Deborah Jones-Saumty, PhD, recently accepted an appointment to the advisory committee for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Office of Women Services. The advisory committee is instrumental in defining and advancing SAMHSA's agenda to improve mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment services for today's women and their families. During her time on the committee, Jones-Saumty says she will focus on improving educational and social opportunities for Indian women to help with the future of American Indian families.
"That's one of the pivotal roles of women--helping our children learn about our proud heritage, but teaching them how to advance themselves for their families and their future," says Jones-Saumty.
Annette Mahoney, PhD, and colleagues from Bowling Green State University in Ohio won honorable mention from The John Templeton Foundation's Exemplary Papers Award for the article "Marriage and the spiritual realm: the role of proximal and distal religious constructs in marital functioning" published in the Journal of Family Psychology, (Vol. 13, p. 321-38). The Templeton Foundation, which also sponsors the Templeton Positive Psychology Awards coordinated by APA, encourages research at the boundary between theology and science. Mahoney's paper showed that marriages fared better with greater involvement in joint religious activities and a belief that the marriage has spiritual significance. Joint religious activities and perceiving the marriage to hold sacred qualities showed a strong correlation with better marital adjustment, more perceived benefits from marriage, and less marital conflict for wives and husbands.
Psychologist J. Bruce Overmier, PhD, has been asked to participate in Sigma Xi's 63rd Distinguished Lectureships Program. From July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2001, leaders in science have the opportunity to visit Sigma Xi chapters and share their knowledge and expertise and research experience with the public, scholars and scientists alike. Overmier, a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota and a member of APA's Board of Directors, studies learning, memory and stress in animals and humans. He will be available to deliver talks on three topic areas: advances to human health through psychological research with animals; thinking about memory and being of two minds; and new animal model of memorial function and its application.
Leonard Poon, PhD, professor of psychology and director at the University of Georgia Gerontology Center, was conferred Philosophiae Doctor Honoris Causa at Lund University, Sweden, on May 26. Poon was honored for his research on adaptation and survival of the oldest of the geriatric population, The Georgia Centenarian Study, as well as his work as the executive director of the International Centenarian Study, which brings together researchers from France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States to jointly uncover the secrets of longevity.
The Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia has appointed Gregory R. Rosas, PhD, as the new director of Outpatient Addictions Services. At the center, Rosas will manage all outpatient substance abuse programs and will provide individual and group psychotherapy to patients with alcohol and drug addictions.
Tammy Saltzman has been awarded a Reader's Digest Fellowship for her dedication to educating others and her commitment to working in underserved areas. Saltzman is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School. The Reader's Digest Fellowship is awarded annually to two Antioch New England students nominated by their departments for outstanding work.
Capella University has awarded William Percy, PhD, a Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award. He was nominated for the award by his students and selected by a committee of Capella University faculty. As director of residency for the school of psychology, Percy manages the residency component of the master's and doctoral students in the clinical and education school psychology programs.