Personalities

  • Christiane Brems, PhD, is the new dean of Pacific University Oregon School of Professional Psychology. Since 1989, Brems has been a professor in the department of psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage, program director for the PhD program in clinical-community psychology, and director of the university's Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services.

  • Wayne Holden, PhD, is now president and chief executive officer of The Research Triangle Institute. He has been executive vice president of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences since 2005.

  • The Southern Arizona Psychological Association has elected Holly Jindrick, PsyD, as its 2012 president. Jindrick has been manager of the psychology department of Sierra Tucson Treatment Center since 2010.

  • Robert Neimeyer, PhD, has received the Apex Award for Publication Excellence for his interactive video presentation "Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning," which described the wide range of ways in which loss disrupts everyday life. Neimeyer is a psychology professor at the University of Memphis.

  • The State of Maryland has inducted Burnice "Bunny" Sandler, PhD, into its Women's Hall of Fame. Sandler, a senior scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C., played an integral part in the creation and passage of Title IX and other laws prohibiting sexual discrimination in education. She filed 250 lawsuits in the 1970s, when there were no laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education.

—C. Bockhaus

APA member joins forces with Lady Gaga

Susan Swearer, PhD, is helping musician Lady Gaga launch her new anti-bullying Born this Way Foundation.

Swearer is a professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and co-director of the Bullying Research Network, which is bringing together researchers, psychologists, educators, legal experts and parents to stop bullying at school and online.

Swearer's project with Lady Gaga addresses such issues as self-confidence, well-being, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy.

Video: To see a clip of Susan Swearer discussing bullying with Lady Gaga at a foundation launch event at Harvard University, go to our digital edition.

To see the full event, which included Oprah Winfrey, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others, go to YouTube.

APA announces international congress grantees

APA is sending 21 psychologists and graduate students to the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, July 22–27 through the APA-United States National Committee Travel and Mentoring Program.

Students and early career psychologist winners receive up to $1,500 for travel expenses and mid career winners receive $1,000.

The awardees are:

Wendy Baccus, George Mason University
Dana Basnight-Brown, PhD, University of Albany, SUNY
Michael Beran, PhD, Georgia State University
Bonnie Brett, University of Maryland
Max E. Butterfield, Texas Christian University
Eva Dundas, Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Dzokoto, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Arpana Inman, PhD, Lehigh University
Kelly Liao, PhD, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Bruce Overmier, PhD, University of Minnesota
Bonnie M. Perdue, PhD, Language Research Center, Georgia State
Carlos Santos, PhD, Arizona State University
Juliana Schroeder, University of Chicago
Michael F. Steger, PhD, College of Natural Sciences, Colorado
Jonathan Strange, Temple University
Nan Sussman, PhD, College of Staten Island
Janet Swim, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Patrick Tolan, PhD, University of Virginia
Rebecca White, PhD, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Gui Xue, PhD, University of California Los Angeles
Jeffrey Zacks, PhD, Washington University

—C. Bockhaus