A psychologist and two departments receive 2011 APA Distinguished Service Awards
The American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs has selected one psychologist and two departments to receive the 2011 culture of service awards.
The Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Such service may include participating on boards and committees of psychological associations, editing journals, reviewing grant proposals, mentoring students and colleagues, advocating for psychological science with state and federal lawmakers, and promoting the value of psychological science to the public.
The Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that consistently support service by faculty at all levels, encourages students to engage in service, and that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.
Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science
Rachel E. Keen
University of Virginia
Rachel E. Keen is honored for her leadership roles as an editor, reviewer, and leader of professional organizations. As noted in the citation for her award, “Her service has helped to move the fields of developmental science and psychophysiology forward and to shape and enable the professional lives of many researchers.”
Dr. Keen (formerly Rachel Keen Clifton) received her Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Minnesota. She has been on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts and is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 6 and 7), the Association for Psychological Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Keen was a grant recipient of a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health from 1981-2001 and a MERIT award from the National Institute for Child Health and Development from 1999-2009. She received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in 2005 and an honorary degree from Uppsala University in 2009. Her research focuses on psychoacoustics, auditory development, motor control, and infant cognition.
Dr. Keen’s contributions include serving as editor of the SRCD’s Monographs series and as associate editor of both Child Development and Psychophysiology. She has also served on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, Infant Behavior & Development, Developmental Psychobiology, and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. She has participated in multiple review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes, demonstrating a constructive approach to the review process and astute judgment in assessing the scientific merits of proposals. Her leadership positions in professional societies include serving as president of the International Society on Infant Studies and secretary of SRCD, as well as various positions in APA, AAAS, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. She is well known for her dedication to teaching and mentoring students, freely offering her knowledge, time, and encouragement.
Departmental Awards for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences
Temple University, Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology at Temple University exemplifies what a culture of service to the discipline should be through its support of faculty serving on national boards and committees, editing journals, reviewing research proposals, mentoring students and colleagues, participating on university committees, and becoming involved in the local community. Service to the discipline is a core departmental value that is recognized and rewarded. The Department instills a commitment to service among its students by providing faculty role models and treating a culture of service as a valued part of academic activity. The culture of service is deeply engrained in the Department of Psychology at Temple University.
The Department of Psychology at Temple Unviersity will use the award to support research and travel to scientific conferences by graduate and undergraduate students.
Bradley University, Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology at Bradley University has a long tradition of service to the discipline through its support of faculty taking leadership roles at the university and in professional organizations, editing journals, reviewing research proposals, and becoming involved in the local community. The Department’s community involvement encompasses public outreach through the media and participation in local organizations. Its Psi Chi chapter helps students and faculty to collaborate in community outreach opportunities. The Department of Psychology at Bradley University is an outstanding model of scholarship, mentoring, teaching, and service to its students and surrounding community.
The Department of Psychology at Bradley University will use the award to support joint faculty- student research and community service projects.
Nominations for the 2012 awards are being accepted now until April 1, 2012. For additional information, see the Distinguished Service Award and Departmental Award webpages. Individual awardees receive an honorarium of $1000. Departmental awardees receive $5000 to be used to support departmental activities. Winners are selected by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. (BSA members who have close connections with individual or department nominees do not participate in the selection process.)