Personalities

  • The Organizational Behavior Management Network has honored Alyce Dickinson, PhD, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dickinson, a professor of psychology at Western Michigan University, researches the use of behavioral principles, technology and financial incentives to improve employee performance and satisfaction.

  • Addiction expert A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, has joined the clinical advisory board of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest provider of behavioral health and addiction treatment services. McLellan is the chief operating officer and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and providing evidence-based solutions to the problems of substance abuse affecting families, schools, businesses, courts and health care.

  • Jeanine S. Stewart, PhD, will become provost and dean of the faculty at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on July 1. Stewart is currently the chief academic officer at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and has also been a psychology professor and dean at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

  • The University of North Texas system has named pediatric psychologist Ronald T. Brown, PhD, the new president of UNT-Dallas. Brown is currently provost at Wayne State University in Detroit.

  • Students at the University of Michigan named Shelly Schreier, PhD, the recipient of the 2013 Golden Apple Award, the University's only teaching award given by students. Schreier, a clinical psychology lecturer, studies the impact of divorce on children, sibling relationships and child development and psychopathology. The award honors her dedication to teaching every class as if it is her last.

  • Five psychologists are among the National Science Foundation's list of top 60 Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients of all time. They are:

    • John B. Jemmott, PhD (1976 fellow), of the University of Pennsylvania, who studies culturally appropriate HIV and STD risk-reduction interventions.
    • Jennifer S. Lerner, PhD (1993 fellow), of Harvard University, who explores how human feelings influence risk perception, economics and legal judgments.
    • Jill M. Mateo, PhD (1989 fellow), of the University of Chicago, who researches the development of adaptive behavior in young animals, such as how they recognize family members and learn to avoid predators.
    • Elizabeth Phelps, PhD (1985 fellow), of New York University, who studies emotional learning and how it applies to social behavior, decision making and economics.
    • Mary C. Potter, PhD (1956 fellow), of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who explores how people perceive words, sentences and pictures.

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, honored the late Carl Rogers, PhD, and Albert Ellis, PhD, during its 125th anniversary celebration in March. The Teachers College alumni have been rated the first and second most influential psychotherapists in history — Rogers is known as a founding father of psychotherapy research and of the humanistic approach to psychology and Ellis as the founder of cognitivebehavioral therapies. The psychologists were featured on a poster at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library and on a New York City bus stop.

  • University of Alabama psychology faculty members Rebecca Allen, PhD, Philip Gable, PhD, Matthew Jarrett, PhD, Patricia Parmelee, PhD, Beverly Thorn, PhD, and Alexa Tullett, PhD, completed the first annual Tuscaloosa Half Marathon on March 2. The race benefited rebuilding efforts for the city’s playgrounds and school libraries that were damaged during the 2011 tornado.

Two psychologists honored for their work on aging

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, has recognized two psychologists for their exemplary work in the aging field.

Toni Antonucci, PhD, of the University of Michigan, was recognized with GSA's Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award for her convoy model of social relations, which has become the gold standard for representing social networks and social support over the life span. Antonucci studies social relations and health across the life span.

GSA awarded Karen A. Roberto, PhD, with its Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award for her work mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty during her long career. Roberto is a professor of human development and the director of both the Center for Gerontology and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She researches the intersection of health and social support in later life.