The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has awarded Christopher S. Amenson, PhD, of Arcadia, Calif., its highest honor, Outstanding Psychologist of the Year. Amenson has devoted his career to training professionals, consumers and families in psychiatric rehabilitation and family interventions for psychotic disorders. Since 1983 he has been on the staff of Pacific Clinics, a private non-profit behavioral health-care agency serving southern California, where he is currently director of its East San Gabriel Valley program.
Allen Battle, PhD, won a Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Public Service in June for designing a suicide prevention program in Memphis. Battle set up the all-volunteer Memphis Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center in 1970 after a mentally ill person was killed by a police officer. In the last 12 years, there has only been one shooting of a mentally ill person by the police in Memphis, compared with one or two per year before the program began, he says.
Pat DeLeon, PhD, APA past-president, presented the 2001 commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the graduation ceremony for the Center for Psychological Studies, Graduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship, and Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) on July 1. DeLeon spoke of the role the educated elite must play in responding to society's needs. This year, NSU graduated its first class of postdoctoral master's degree students in clinical psychopharmacology.
Raymond A. Folen, PhD, ABPP, of Honolulu, has been inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3). Five others were honored at the awards ceremony, including another psychologist, Lt. Col. Gary Southwell. The awards were given at a May 17 ceremony by Lt. Gen. James Peake, surgeon general for the U.S. Army, and Maj. Gen. Nancy Adams, commanding general of Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, the largest federal treatment facility in the entire Pacific area.
Folen has worked at Tripler since 1984 and is chief of the behavioral medicine and health psychology service. He was recognized with this award for the development of new initiatives in health psychology and behavioral medicine as well as his work in telehealth.
"I love this job," says Folen. "We are doing so many interesting and exciting things that coming to work in the morning is an absolute pleasure, and it's been that way since 1984."
Alexandra W. Logue, PhD, was named vice president for academic affairs at the New York Institute of Technology. Formerly the dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Logue is an experimental psychologist specializing in learning and motivation.
William J. McGuire, PhD, was honored at a festschrift entitled "The yin and yang of social cognition: perspectives on the social psychology of thought systems" on April 20-22 at Yale University. He has been a professor at Yale since 1970. Before that, he taught at the University of California, San Diego, Columbia University and the University of Illinois.
Stanley B. Messer, PhD, was named dean of Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), 25 years after he chaired the committee that proposed the creation of GSAPP. Since 1993, Messer has chaired the clinical psychology department and served as director of clinical training at Rutgers.
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, PhD, was awarded the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Researcher Award at the Association of Family, Court and Community Professionals convention in May. The association is an international group of judges, lawyers, mediators and mental health professionals working for constructive resolution to family conflict.
Pedro-Carroll, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester and director of programs for Families in Transition at the Children's Institute, was honored for her research with children and families.
For more than 20 years, Pedro-Carroll has helped children dealing with their parents' separation and divorce. She developed the Children of Divorce Intervention Program in the 1980s, has testified on behalf of children and families at congressional briefings and at the White House, and was recently appointed to the New York State Parent Education Advisory Board.
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has elected 11 of its members to be Fellows--the 6,000-member society's highest honor.
Elected to SIOP Fellowships were:
Dr. Neil R. Anderson, PhD, professor of work psychology at Goldsmiths College of the University of London in the United Kingdom.
Bruce J. Avolio, PhD, a professor in the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Fred E. Dansereau, PhD, a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Harrison G. Gough, PhD, a personnel consultant in Pebble Beach, Calif., and a retired faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley.
Marilyn Koch Gowing, PhD, vice president of Public Sector Consulting and Services for Assessment Solutions Inc., Washington D.C.
A. Catherine Higgs, PhD, executive research director for Allstate Insurance Co., Menlo Park, Calif.
Ellen Ernst Kossek, PhD, professor in the school of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University.
Rodney L. Lowman, PhD, professor and dean at Alliant University in San Diego.
Deniz S. Ones, PhD, the Hellervik Professor of Industrial Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Robert Vecchio, PhD, the Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame.
Chockalingam Viswesvaran, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Florida International University.
Each year, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) awards six students the Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Fellowship, aimed at increasing the number of well-trained psychometricians and statisticians. These fellows continue studies at their own university while participating in a research project based on their own thesis. The 2001-02 fellows are:
Amy Dresher, of the University of Pittsburgh.
Xin Feng, of Columbia University.
Joanna Gorin, of the University of Kansas.
Louis Mariano, of Carnegie Mellon University.
Yi-yu Xie, of the University of California, Berkeley.
Xueli Xu, of the University of Illinois.
Lisa Osborn, PsyD, is the new assistant executive director for corporate relations and business strategy in the APA Practice Directorate. Osborn, a licensed psychologist, worked for more than 10 years as a consultant and manager at a fund-raising development firm before coming to APA in February 2000. In her new post, she serves as the Practice Directorate's liaison to the marketplace. "It is our hope to build relationships and a base of support in the business community just as we have in legislative circles," she says.
The department would like to develop a network of relationships with businesses and corporations, professional associations, physician groups, third-party administrators and payers and other purchasers of health-care services to help further our marketplace agenda, says Osborn.
"Since employers are ultimately the largest purchasers of health care," she says, "one of our goals is to ensure that they understand and appreciate the value of psychological services and how a 'psychologically healthy' work force can positively affect their bottom line."