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Psychologists receive top APA honors


For scholarship and service in their shared field, two University psychologists will receive awards at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association on August 25 in San Francisco.

Andrew Elliot, associate professor of psychology, will be recognized for his early career contributions to psychology, and JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry and director of programs for Families in Transition at the Children's Institute, will receive the 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service.

Elliot, who has taught in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology since 1994, conducts research on the distinction between approach and avoidance motivation and how some people are motivated by positive, desirable possibilities, while others are motivated by negative, undesirable possibilities. In a current project, Elliot is studying parental behavior that leads to fear of failure in children.


The APA's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology was established in 1974 to recognize young psychologists. Five awards are given each year. Elliot is being recognized in the area of individual differences.

Pedro-Carroll will receive the APA award for public service in recognition of more than 20 years of work focused on children and the negative effects of parental separation and divorce.

"Children need a safe, supportive forum in which they can share their feelings and experiences," says Pedro-Carroll. "They need to clarify misconceptions and learn effective skills for dealing with the challenges of changing family relationships."

While working on her doctoral dissertation at the University in the 1980s, Pedro-Carroll developed the Children of Divorce Intervention Program, then implemented and evaluated it initially in five suburban schools. She joined the faculty in 1984 and began refining the program. She produced six models that more specifically meet the needs of children of different ages and from different cultural backgrounds. The program has since served thousands of children throughout the United States and worldwide.

Pedro-Carroll, who has testified on behalf of children and families at congressional briefings and at the White House, was appointed by Chief Justice Judith Kaye to the New York State Parent Education Advisory Board earlier this year. She has been a fellow of the APA since 1993 and is a past recipient of local, state, and national awards. She was recently honored by AFCC, an international association of family, court, and community professionals, with the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Researcher Award for innovative research with children and families.

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