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2008 APA Meritorious Research Service Commendations Awarded

Psychologists at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies play a crucial role in the advancement of the discipline, through managing programs that fund psychological science, identifying new research opportunities and directions, formulating research policies, and promoting psychological research within their organizations.

2008 APA Meritorious Research Service Commendations Awarded
by Suzanne Wandersman

Three psychologists have been selected to receive Meritorious Research Service Commendations for 2008.  These commendations, which are given by the Board of Scientific Affairs, recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations.

Psychologists at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies play a crucial role in the advancement of the discipline, through managing programs that fund psychological science, identifying new research opportunities and directions, formulating research policies, and promoting psychological research within their organizations. The Meritorious Research Service Commendations are a mechanism for honoring psychologists for their efforts and achievements in these areas.

The recipients for 2008 are:

  • Robert B. Huebner
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Dr. Huebner is Deputy Director of the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  He is being recognized for promoting and supporting important psychological research in the areas of addictions and problem drinking, treatment and recovery, and the mechanisms of change responsible for the modification of drinking behaviors.  He has also been an outstanding advocate for the integration of psychology into the multidisciplinary research portfolios of health services, treatment, and prevention research at NIAAA and NIH.

  • Jack D. Maser
    University of California, San Diego; formerly National Institute of Mental Health
    Dr. Maser is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego.  He was employed at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health, for almost 25 years prior to joining the faculty at UCSD.  His last position at NIMH was Chief of the Clinical Review Branch in the Division of Extramural Activities.  He is being recognized for promoting and fostering the highest quality research in psychopathology, for creating conferences that brought diverse researchers together to share their interests and approaches, and for directing the field’s attention to issues in psychopathology that have increased our understanding of mental and behavioral disorders.  He has also shaped the research of many young investigators by providing invaluable advice and guidance.

  • Robert S. Ruskin
    Consortium Research Fellows Program

    Dr. Ruskin is Director of the Consortium Research Fellows Program of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  He is being recognized for his leadership and management of the Consortium Research Fellows Program, contributing to its outstanding growth over the last 22 years, and for his commitment to the professional development of the students who are part of the program.  He has forged a strong link between government psychological research institutes and graduate psychology programs through his vision, dedication, and executive skill. 

The recipients of the 2008 commendations will be honored at the December 2008 APA Board of Directors meeting.

Past recipients of the Meritorious Research Service Commendation were:

  • 2007: Lula A. Beatty (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH)

  • 2006: Vivian B. Faden (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH)
    Fred Stollnitz (National Science Foundation)
    Betty Tai (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH)

  • 2005: Susan F. Chipman (Office of Naval Research)
    Mary Ellen Oliveri (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
    Cora Lee Wetherington (National Institute on 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 (Center for Scientific Review, NIH)

  • 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 on Drug Abuse, NIH)
    Delores Parron (National Institutes of Health)

  • 2002: Rodney Cocking (National Science Foundation) (awarded posthumously)
    Robert Croyle (National Cancer Institute, NIH)
    Sarah Friedman (National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, NIH)
    David Shurtleff (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH)
    Joseph Young (National Science Foundation)20

Nominations for the 2009 awards are being accepted now. For additional information please visit tbe BSA awards webpage.