Last month, Randi Burlew, PhD, completed a year as one of the 2004-2005 White House Fellows.

During the fellowship, Burlew worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs as a special assistant to the secretary of veterans affairs. She worked on the Capital Assets Realignment for Enhanced Services program, which aims to produce a logical national plan for modernizing health-care facilities.

"[The fellowship] has given me a new perspective about how much psychologists have to contribute to the federal government through public service," she says.

The fellowship offers early-career professionals first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows spend one year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.

Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with leaders from the private and public sectors and trips to study domestic and international policy.

Prior to the fellowship, Burlew worked as a senior research associate at Philliber Research Associates, where she evaluated programs that serve underrepresented youth and families across the country. She has also worked as one of the lead evaluators for a youth sexuality education program created by the Ministry of Education and Action Health Inc. in Lagos, Nigeria.

In May, Ernst & Young named psychologist Robert Hogan, PhD, a finalist for the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entrepreneurial spirit or helped entrepreneurs become successful through business, economic or academic means.

Hogan, who has a doctorate in personality psychology, is the president and founder of Hogan Assessment Systems, which provides comprehensive assessments for employee selection and development.

In May, the Thompson Family Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders named Janet Farmer, PhD, as its first director. She is an associate professor of health psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The center will work with current university programs and services to promote research, teaching and service innovations to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Farmer is the president of APA's Div. 22 (Rehabilitation).

New Jersey Acting Gov. James Codey named psychologist Ange Puig, PhD, to his 12-member Governor's Task Force on Mental Health.

Codey charged the task force with conducting a comprehensive review of the state's mental health system and making recommendations to him and the legislature concerning legislative, regulatory and administrative changes needed to improve delivery and access to mental health services in the state.

Puig, an APA member, is the only psychologist on the task force. She is a licensed psychologist in a private practice that focuses on the treatment of victims of trauma and violence, police psychology and addiction issues.

In April, Army Col. James Romano, PhD, became the first psychologist to be named as acting commander of the headquarters for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md.

In that position, Romano oversees all of the Army's medical research programs, including those aimed at protecting the psychological health and resiliency of military personnel.

Romano continues to serve as the assistant corps chief of the Army Medical Service Corps for Medical Allied Sciences. He previously served as the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick.

In July, Michael Stevenson, PhD, became assistant to the president for institutional diversity at Miami University in Ohio, as well as an associate provost and professor of psychology there.

Stevenson, president of APA's Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues), was previously professor, chair of psychological science and director of the

Diversity Policy Institute at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

In June, psychologist Carolyn M. Tucker, PhD, accepted U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt's invitation to serve a three-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH).

ACMH advises the Department of Health and Human Services how to improve the health of racial- and ethnic-minority groups. The committee also develops goals and program activities for the department's Office of Minority Health.

Tucker, a Distinguished Alumni Professor in psychology, pediatrics and community health and family medicine at the University of Florida, conducts research on culturally sensitive health-care assessment and intervention, health promotion and health-risk behavior in families, children and communities, and children's problem behaviors and academic performance. She founded the research-based Model Partnership Education Program--a community-based intervention program for preventing and reducing behavior problems and academic failure. She has also written numerous books, including, "African American Children: A Self-Empowerment Approach to Modifying Behavior Problems and Academic Failure" (Allyn & Baker, 1998).


Futterman wins New Yorker caption contest

Psychologist Roy Futterman, PhD, won The New Yorker magazine's first cartoon caption contest, according to an announcement in the March 16 issue. Futterman won for his caption, "More important, however is what I learned about myself," accompanying a cartoon depicting a lab technician dressed in a rat outfit making notes on rats.

As the winner, Futterman received a signed print of the cartoon.

Futterman is a jury consultant at DOAR Litigation Consulting in New York.