Hollander honored for contributions to applied psychology

The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) honored Edwin P. Hollander, PhD, City University of New York (CUNY) Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, with its Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the International Advancement of Applied Psychology. The award was conferred on July 16 at the 36th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Athens, Greece.

IAAP Awards Committee Chair Edwin Fleishman, PhD, presided over the committee, made up of former IAPP presidents. U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor was a featured speaker at the opening ceremony.

Hollander has been at CUNY since 1988, and he focuses on inclusive leadership, innovation and autonomy by studying leader-follower experiences, expectations and perceptions. His current work is directed toward understanding followers' expectations and perceptions of leaders. He received the 2004 Walter F. Ulmer Jr. Applied Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership and was cited then for his "outstanding, career-long contributions to leadership study."

McWhirter receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected J. Jeffries McWhirter, PhD, professor emeritus of counseling and counseling psychology at Arizona State University, for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.

In April, McWhirter returned to the same university and department where he was a Fulbright-Hays professor 29 years earlier. He lectured on at-risk youth at Hacettepe and at universities in Izmir and Adana. He also collaborated with Turkish colleagues to research a group prevention program--based on his school and community field work--to reduce anger, depression and anxiety and increase hope, optimism, empathy and other prosocial skills in young people.

More than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals traveled abroad in 2006 through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, which was created in 2000 to provide two- to six-week academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals willing to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at international postsecondary academic institutions.

For more on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, visit

Breckenridge attends national security program

The Office of the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis invited James Breckenridge, PhD, professor and director of clinical training at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium, to attend its inaugural Summer Hard Problem Program (SHARP), July 10-Aug. 4, near Boston. During the program, 20 invited academics investigated the intelligence implications of the factors that cause individual and community involvement in anti-social, terrorist or extralegal movements. They were briefed by members of the Office of the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis on issues of national security, discussed scenarios and made recommendations on intelligence relevant to national security threats.

Breckenridge is associate director of the Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education and Research on Terrorism and the lead investigator on a variety of funded research projects investigating psychological aspects of terrorism and homeland security.

For example, he is the principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy, to evaluate psychological measures for detecting deception and facilitating national security evaluations. Breckenridge is also the principal investigator on a Medical Response Corps grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop an evidence-based, early psychological response to terrorist acts. He is an APA fellow and chair-elect of the Veterans Affairs section of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service).

ASU names Capaldi as new provost

In August, Elizabeth D. Capaldi, PhD, began her tenure as Arizona State University (ASU) executive vice president and provost. Capaldi was formerly vice chancellor and chief of staff for the State University of New York system.

As ASU's chief academic officer, Capaldi will provide leadership to all of the university's campuses and academic programs. She will also represent the university to external agencies and constituencies and be part of ASU's fund-raising initiatives.

Capaldi received her doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has contributed more than 65 chapters and articles to the scientific literature, co-authored three editions of an introductory psychology textbook and edited two books on the psychology of eating. She is a fellow of APA, the American Psychological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she has served as president of the American Psychological Society.

Psychologists chosen for mathematics advisory group

In May, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that five psychologists are among the 17 expert panelists and six ex-officio members of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMP)--including panel vice-chair Camilla Benbow, PhD. The panel will advise President Bush and Spellings on the best use of scientifically based research to advance the teaching and learning of mathematics.

"To keep America competitive in the 21st century, we must improve the way we teach math, and we must give more students the chance to take advanced math and science courses in high school," Spellings said at the announcement. "America's high school graduates need solid math skills, whether proceeding to college or going into the work force."

The NMP, modeled after the National Reading Panel, will examine and summarize the scientific evidence related to the teaching and learning of mathematics, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra. The panel will issue an interim report by Jan. 31 and a final report no later than Feb. 28, 2008. These reports will provide policy recommendations on how to improve mathematics achievement for all students.

Larry Faulkner, PhD, president of the Houston Endowment and president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, will chair NMP. The psychologists on the panel are:

  • Camilla Benbow, EdD, NMP vice-chair and dean of education and human development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.

  • A. Wade Boykin, PhD, professor and director of the developmental psychology graduate program in the Howard University psychology department.

  • David Geary, PhD, curators' professor in the University of Missouri-Columbia's psychological science department.

  • Valerie Reyna, PhD, professor of human development and psychology at Cornell University.

  • Robert Siegler, PhD, Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology in Carnegie Mellon University's psychology department.

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Jones nominated for Department of Education committee

In May, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings nominated Russell Jones, PhD, to serve on the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Education. The committee will provide advice to the secretary on federal, state and local programs designed to create safe and drug-free schools, and on issues related to crisis planning.

Jones, a professor of psychology in the Virginia Tech College of Science and a clinical instructor at Yale University's Child Study Center, is a nationally recognized expert in disaster-related trauma in children.


Fowler elected IAAP president

In July, at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Athens, Greece, former APA president Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, was elected president-elect of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

"As president-elect, my principal focus will be on expanding IAAP's membership base, particularly in the rapidly developing countries in Asia and Africa," says Fowler.

His term as treasurer of the association ended in July, when he began his president-elect term, which lasts until 2010. Fowler will then begin his four-year presidential term.

As president, Fowler will work to improve coordination among the many international psychological associations so that they have a common voice on policy issues both at the national level and through the United Nations.

Fowler received his doctorate in psychology with a specialization in clinical psychology from Penn State University and then joined the faculty of the University of Alabama, where he remained until 1986, when he was appointed professor emeritus. From 1987 to 1989, he was a professor in and head of the psychology department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He then served as APA's CEO from 1989 through 2002.