“We basically created a resource I would have liked to have
had as a grad student 40 years ago,” says VandenBos. “I would
read a book by a therapist who would use phrases like, ‘Build and
strengthen the transference.’ What does that mean? Show me.”
Psyc TESTS, the latest addition to APA’s databases, also
grew out of VandenBos’s frustration with the status quo.
“This is something I wish I’d had when doing research,” he
says. Launched in 2011, the database now houses more than
30,000 psychological measurement tools. “We wanted to help
psychologists stop reinventing the wheel and put that time
and effort into the greater effort of doing research rather than
VandenBos’s many responsibilities have also included
serving as managing editor of APA’s flagship journal American
Psychologist, as editor-in-chief of the APA Dictionary of
Psychology and as co-editor of APA’s open-access journal
Archives of Scientific Psychology. In all of those roles, VandenBos
sees a unifying theme to his work: getting knowledge into use.
“Much of what I’ve done in APA publishing has really been
about how best to package particular kinds of content for
particular audiences and deliver it through various media,” he says.
True to his nature, VandenBos isn’t leaving APA altogether
in December. He will consult part-time for APA next year,
helping to launch new tools for psychology students and
psychologists, such as an online APA Style Center that will
help users learn how to use APA style, design research projects,
write better and publish their work. He also plans to do more
writing and editing, see patients in the clinical practice he has
maintained since 1974 and teach a few classes at Norway’s
University of Bergen.
“I’m not going to miss budgets and administrative meetings
and personnel management,” says VandenBos. “What I’m likely
to miss is the highly varied opportunities to touch different
pieces of psychology my job has afforded me.”
— Rebecca A. Clay
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n End Violence Against Women International is presenting
its 2016 Visionary Award to Rebecca Campbell, PhD, of
Michigan State University, for her research on sexual violence.
In particular, she is exploring how the legal, medical and mental
health communities respond to sexual assault victims. Campbell
was also honored by the U.S. Justice Department in April for
her role in effecting rape kit testing reform in Detroit.
n Dedre Gentner, PhD has won the $100,000 David E.
Rumelhart Prize, awarded by the Robert J. Glushko and
Pamela Samuelson Foundation to honor contributions to
the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Gentner, a
psychology professor at Northwestern University, is known for
developing Structure-Mapping Theory. It holds that humans,
unlike most other species, can notice common relations across
situations even when the concrete objects involved in the
situations are different. The theory has broad implications in
learning and reasoning, including science and mathematics,
children’s language learning and other situations.
n The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
awarded Hildreth Grossman, PhD, an advocacy travel award
to attend the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer in
September in Denver. Grossman, a clinical psychologist in
Brookline, Massachusetts, is a lung cancer survivor and founder
and president of the advocacy group Upstage Lung Cancer
The Czech Academy of Sciences has awarded Philip G.
Zimbardo, PhD, its Honorary Medal “De Scientifa et
Humanitate Optime Meritis,” recognizing Zimbardo’s
vast contributions to science and the humanities. A
professor emeritus at Stanford University, Zimbardo has
spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology.