Etcetera: News About Psychologists in Research and Academics

David F. Duncan, PhD, Research Fellow at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, has been elected Chair of the Illicit Drugs Policy Council of the National Association for Public Health Policy.

Dr. Duncan is a psychologist and epidemiologist who has done pioneering research on stress and drug abuse. He is also one of the originators of the self-medication hypothesis of causation of drug addiction.

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has awarded the first annual APF Henry H‚caen Scholarship to Sterling Johnson of Brigham Young University. Johnson was selected by the APF Board of Trustees based on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the APA Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40). Johnson has had training in psychological and neuropsychological assessment and clinical psychology. In an applied clinical setting, he has conducted research that examines how specific structures in the brain, as measured from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), relate to neuropsychological outcome. This $2,500 award will help Johnson complete his dissertation.

Ken Nakayama, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, received a Special Recognition Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) for serving 6 years as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Cynthia Owsley, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, was presented with the Glenn A. Fry Invited Lecture Award by the American Optometry Foundation. Dr. Owsley, a psychologist, was recognized for her current research contributions.

Judith Rodin, PhD, President of the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed to a 6-person committee to advise the Department of the Treasury in its review of the procedures and policies now in place to respond to threats to White House security. The committee members will provide independent advice and expertise to ensure the review is comprehensive and objective.

Dr. Rodin is a psychologist well-known for her research on eating disorders, obesity, and aging.

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