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2006 APA Meritorious Research Service Commendations Awarded

Psychologists in funding agencies can play a crucial role in the development of psychological science.

By Suzanne Wandersman

Three psychologists were selected to receive the Meritorious Research Service Commendation for 2006. This award, developed by the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA), recognizes outstanding psychologists who help foster the discipline through their programmatic activities in support of psychological science at funding agencies. BSA members developed this award to provide a clear mechanism for recognizing the important ways that programmatic contributions can advance the discipline.

Psychologists in funding agencies can play a crucial role in the development of the discipline -- in running the programs that fund psychological scientists, in identifying new opportunities and directions, in working with the science community to chart needs and challenges, in serving as a catalyst for promoting cutting edge opportunities, and in shepherding behavioral research within their institutions.

Nominations were solicited during the winter of 2005 and 2006 and the recipients are:

Vivian B. Faden [National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)]
Dr. Faden is Deputy Director in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She is being recognized for her role in shaping the priorities of the federal alcohol research effort and her strong and articulate advocacy for the importance of social and behavioral research on alcohol abuse and related problems.

Fred Stollnitz [National Science Foundation (NSF)]
Dr. Stollnitz is Program Director for Cross-Directorate Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is being recognized for an exceptional record of over 30 years of service as Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Stollnitz influenced the shape of research on animal behavior and nurtured research on the biological basis of behavior. He has been a tireless mentor to young scientists and an advocate for the expansion of training opportunities.

Betty Tai [National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)]
Dr. Tai is Director of the Center for the Clinical Trials Network at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She is being recognized for her leadership of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network and her instrumental role in defining future research issues and identifying new avenues for collaboration within the Network.

The recipients of the 2006 commendations will be honored at the December 2006 APA Science Leadership Conference.

Past recipients of the Meritorious Research Service Commendation are:

2005
Susan F. Chipman (Office of Naval Research)
Mary Ellen Oliveri (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
Cora Lee Wetherington (National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH)
Ellen Diane Witt (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH)

2004
Ronald P. Abeles (Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, NIH)
Israel I. Lederhendler (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
G. Reid Lyon (National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
Willo Pequegnat (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
Anita Miller Sostek (National Institutes of Health)

2003
Steven J. Breckler (National Science Foundation)
Edgar M. Johnson (Army Research Institute)
Peter G. Kaufmann (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH)
Lisa S. Onken (National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH)
Delores Parron (National Institutes of Health)

2002
Rodney Cocking (awarded posthumously) (National Science Foundation)
Robert Croyle (National Cancer Institute, NIH)
Sarah Friedman (National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development, NIH)
David Shurtleff (National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH)
Joseph Young (National Science Foundation)

Nominations for the 2007 awards will be accepted beginning in the fall. For additional information, and nomination forms, please see the Science Directorate website.