n Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD, has received the
inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award
from the Ferkauf Graduate School of
Psychology at Yeshiva University, and
was the school’s commencement speaker
this year. The school also established an
academic scholarship fund in his name.
Barnett is the associate dean for the
social sciences and graduate programs
and professor of psychology at Loyola
n The University of Nevada–Las Vegas has named Ronald T.
Brown, PhD, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Brown comes from the University of North Texas System, where
he is associate vice chancellor, overseeing health affairs for three
campuses and 42,000 students.
n The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has
selected Daniel Bruns, PsyD, to serve on
a panel that will advise a quality measure
development project for the Medicaid
Innovation Accelerator Program. The
measures will assess the effectiveness
of health-care delivery systems
and to support states’ efforts to accelerate
new payment and service delivery
reforms. Bruns is a private practitioner
in Greeley, Colorado, with expertise in
psychological assessment and medical
n The Canadian Psychological
Association has given Joel Katz, PhD, its
Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished
Contributions to Psychology as a Science.
Katz, a professor at York University in
Toronto, specializes in pain research.
n The International Society for the
Study of Trauma and Dissociation has
presented Alfonso Martínez-Taboas,
PhD, with its Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement
in recognition of his research and
publications in the area of trauma and
dissociation among Latino populations.
As a professor of psychology at Carlos
Albizu University in Puerto Rico, he
conducts epidemiological research on
trauma reactions, traumatic memories,
and dissociative reactions in children and
n Ashley Maynard, PhD, is the new chair
of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, which
represents 300 of the nation’s graduate psychology programs.
Maynard is a professor and chair of the psychology department
at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she studies how
cultural change, such as economic and sociodemographic shifts,
affects socialization and cognition in childhood.
n Clemson University has presented June J. Pilcher, PhD, with
its Class of ’ 39 Award for Excellence, which honors a faculty
member, chosen by his or her peers, who represents the highest
achievement of service to the student body and university.
Pilcher is an alumni distinguished professor of psychology at
Clemson, where she has taught 15 years, and conducts research
on sleep habits and sleep deprivation.
n Chris Podlesnik, PhD, an associate professor at the Florida
Institute of Technology, has won the 2016 Federation of
Associations in Behavior and Brain Sciences Early Career
Impact Award. His work has informed treatments for problem
behavior and substance abuse.
n Michael Wessells, PhD, has won a
2016 award from the Morton Deutsch
International Center for Cooperation
and Conflict Resolution at Columbia
University his work on the reintegration
of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Wessells,
a professor of clinical population and
family health at Columbia’s Mailman
School of Public Health, has spent
decades studying how war and political
violence affect children. n