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APA awards 2011 Meritorious Research Service Commendations

Psychologists recognized for advancing psychological science and its applications.

Three psychologists have been awarded Meritorious Research Service Commendations for 2011.  These commendations, which are given by the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs, recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations.

Psychologists at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory, or other agencies play a crucial role in the advancement of the discipline, through managing programs that fund psychological science, identifying new research opportunities and directions, formulating research policies, and promoting psychological research within their organizations. The Meritorious Research Service Commendations are a mechanism for honoring psychologists for their efforts and achievements in these areas.

The recipients for 2011 are:

Meyer D. GlantzMeyer D. Glantz
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Meyer Glantz is recognized for his outstanding contributions to psychological science through his longstanding service as an administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Dr. Glantz is Associate Director for Science of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at NIDA.  He works to promote the development and funding of new scientific approaches for research on a broad range of problems related to drug abuse and public health.  At NIDA, Dr. Glantz previously served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Division as well as the Chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch and the Director of the Etiology Research Program.  He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1979.

 

Laura C. LevitonLaura C. Leviton
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Laura Leviton is recognized for her outstanding contributions to psychological science through her work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in applying psychological research to the evaluation of interventions that address important public health challenges. 

Dr. Leviton is Senior Advisor for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.  She has been with the foundation since 1999, overseeing more than 80 evaluations of national and local public health programs.  She has served on Institute of Medicine committees and has been an appointed member of the National Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Kansas in 1978 followed by postdoctoral training at Northwestern University in research methodology and evaluation.

 

Harold I. PerlHarold I. Perl
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Harold Perl is recognized for his outstanding contributions to psychological science through his service as an administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and previously at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Dr. Perl is currently Health Scientist Administrator and Senior Lead for Behavioral Research, Dissemination, and Training at the Center for the Clinical Trials Network at NIDA.  Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Perl held various positions at NIAAA, culminating as Chief of the Health Services Research Branch, with responsibility for programs that supported research on substance abuse treatments and the dissemination and implementation of treatments.  Dr. Perl received his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1987.


Nominations for the 2012 awards are being accepted now until March 1, 2012.  For additional information, see the Meritorious Research Service Commendations website or contact Suzanne Wandersman.