Personalities

  • The New Jersey Psychological Association gave Jeffrey Axelbank, PsyD, its 2011 Psychologist of the Year award in recognition of his fierce defense of patient confidentiality from insurance company demands for more information. Axelbank has a private practice in Highland Park, N.J., providing psychotherapy and management consulting services.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Stephen Chew, PhD, as this year's U.S. Professor of the Year for Master's Universities and Colleges. Chew is a psychology professor and department chair at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded Geoffrey Fong, PhD, its 2011 Knowledge Translation Award. Fong, a professor of psychology and public health and health systems at the University of Waterloo, and Senior Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, was recognized for his research examining tobacco-control policies. He is also the founder and chief principal investigator for the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.

  • Jonathan Golding, PhD, won Kentucky's Professor of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Golding's primary field of study is jurors' reactions to various types of abuse, including child abuse, elder abuse and domestic abuse.

  • Rockefeller University gave Brenda Milner, PhD, its Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which honors female researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences. Milner is a pioneer in the field of neuropsychology and in the study of memory and other cognitive functions in humans.

  • Rebecca Thomley, PhD, was honored as a 2011 Entrepreneurial Winning Women by Ernst & Young LLP. Thomley has been a member of the Red Cross's Stress Team since 1982 and received the Red Cross 2011 "Disaster Relief Heroes Award." She was among those who helped provide local mental health relief after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

—C. Bockhaus