Personalities

  • University of Rhode Island presented alumna Martha E. Banks, PhD, with its Award for Lifetime Achievement in Multicultural Leadership and Service. Banks, who earned her PhD in clinical psychology from URI in 1980, is a research neuropsychologist and advocate for greater diversity in psychological assessment. She is known for her research on brain injury among black women domestic violence victims and for creating one of the first test batteries with a sample that included communities of color as the norm.
  • Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development awarded its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award to educational psychologist Robert H. Bruininks, PhD. Bruininks earned his doctorate in 1968 from the school. He was president of the University of Minnesota system from 2002 to 2011, before returning to a professor position there. He is also founder and director of the Institute on Community Integration, which promotes interdisciplinary teaching, research, policy development and outreach service programs.
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and First Citizens Bank awarded psychology professors Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, and Richard Tedeschi, PhD, the 2013 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal, for their outstanding scholarship, creativity and research. The psychologists, known as "the dynamic duo" by the North Carolina Psychological Association, are collaborators and pioneers in the development of research and theory on post-traumatic growth.
  • The APA Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges Teaching Awards Committee selected Sue Frantz as the first recipient of its Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at a Two-Year College or Campus Award. Frantz, a psychology professor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., was selected for her high-quality psychology instruction. She is a national leader in instructional technologies, publishes a Technology for Academics blog and is editor of the APA Online Psychology Lab. Frantz will receive $1,000 and a plaque from APA.
  • Joseph Hurrell, PhD, editor of APA's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, received the Distinguished Contribution to Occupational Healthy Psychology Award, part of the Work, Stress & Health Conference Awards. This award honors individuals who have been critical to the inception of the field of occupational health psychology. Without their efforts, the field would not be where it is today.
  • In April, APA President-elect Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, participated as part of a committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that met at the Institute of Medicine to develop a public health research agenda to better understand the causes of gun violence, the interventions that prevent gun violence and the strategies to minimize the public health burden of gun violence. As part of a research panel, Kaslow discussed the research questions that must be addressed to improve the understanding and impact of violence in video games, the media and social media on real-life gun violence. The committee's report is expected this summer.
  • Rockefeller University has presented its 2012 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science to Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, for her 1993 book "Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament." Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System awarded East Carolina University professor Samuel F. Sears Jr., PhD, the O. Max Gardner Award in April. The annual honor pays tribute to a UNC faculty member who made the year's greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race. Sears, who studies the psychological effects of cardiac defibrillators, is the second psychologist to receive the award since it began in 1949.
  • Ann Steffen, PhD, of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, has been awarded a 2013 Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. Steffen is the director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at UMSL, and oversees the Women's Health Behaviors and Aging lab. The award recognizes faculty from Missouri's public post-secondary schools, colleges and universities for effective teaching and advising, service to the university community and nurturing student achievement.
  • On May 6, the White House honored Karen L. Suyemoto, PhD, as one of 15 Asian-American and Pacific Islander women as "Champions of Change" whose work is creating a more equal, safe and prosperous futures for their communities and the country. Suyemoto is an associate professor of clinical psychology and Asian-American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on race, culture, and social justice. She is the past president of the Asian American Psychological Association. Read more about Suyemoto on the White House blog.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors nine psychologists

Congratulations to the psychologists elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors leaders in the sciences, humanities, arts, business and public affairs: Robert A. Bjork, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles; Alison Gopnik, PhD, University of California, Berkeley; Steven A. Hillyard, PhD, University of California, San Diego; Donald C. Hood, PhD, Columbia University; Charles A. Nelson III, PhD, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital; Lauren B. Resnick, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Peter Salovey, PhD, Yale University; Laurence D. Steinberg, PhD, Temple University; and Barbara G. Tversky, PhD, Columbia University.

APA honors three psychology teachers

APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools has honored three high school psychology teachers with Excellence in Teaching Awards this year. The winners are Nancy D. Fenton, of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill.; Kathleen K. Gavura, of Colonia High School in Colonia, N.J.; and Michael J. Hamilton, of Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Mass. Awardees are nominated by students, supervisors and peers and are recognized for their professionalism, commitment to academic excellence, passion for teaching and leadership in the field.