BSA Selects 1997 Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) has selected Sheldon Cohen, PhD, Richard Davidson, PhD, and Adele Diamond, PhD, to be 1997 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturers. The three psychologists will present their research at several regional psychological association meetings in 1997.

A highly respected scientist, Dr. Cohen has made substantial contributions to the field of psychoneuroimmunology through his research on the effects of stress on immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease. Dr. Cohen is Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Co-Director of Pittsburgh's Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Center and Postdoctoral Training Grant in Psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Cohen will speak on 'Stress, Social Support, and Immunity: The Case of the Common Cold,' at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting, April 3-6, 1997, in Atlanta, and at the New England Psychological Association meeting, October 24-25, 1997, in Easton, MA.

Dr. Davidson is internationally renowned for his research on the neural substrates of emotion and emotional disorders. He is the Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also directs the Wisconsin Center for Affective Science, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the NIMH Postdoctoral training program in Emotion Research. Dr. Davidson will present his research on 'Affective Style and Affective Disorders: Perspectives From Affective Neuroscience' at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting, May 8-10, 1997, in Chicago.

A leader in the new field of cognitive developmental neuropsychology, Dr. Diamond's research has yielded major insights into the neural bases of normal cognitive development, as well as into important treatment implications for children who have the disorder phenylketonuria (PKU). She is Associate Scientist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham, MA. Dr. Diamond will speak at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, April 10-13, 1997, in Washington, DC, and at the Western Psychological Association meeting, April 24-27, 1997, in Seattle. Her lecture is on 'Prefrontal Cortex and Cognitive Development.'

Now in its eighth year, the Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Program was created by BSA, with the support of the regional association presidents, to promote scientific psychology. This past year, Drs. Peter Lang, Sara Shettleworth, and Larry Squire, PhD, were selected for this honor.

Call for Nominations

BSA is currently seeking nominations for the 1998 Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Program. At its March 1997 meeting, BSA will select two or more scientists from the nominations. All nominations must include a letter stating the nominee's qualifications and a curriculum vita. Nominees must be actively engaged in research and be excellent public speakers. Please send nominations by February 3, 1997, to Marybeth Hanley ( in the APA Science Directorate, (202) 336-6000.

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