Halpern and Schacter Named Psi Chi Distinguished Members
Dr. Diane F. Halpern and Dr. Daniel L. Schacter were recently honored as Psi Chi's latest addition to its prestigious roll of Distinguished Members. They received special recognition at the 2005 APA/Psi Chi National Convention in Washington, D.C.
BIOGRAPHIES OF DRS. HALPERN AND SCHACTER:
Dr. Diane F. Halpern is professor of psychology and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College (CA). She is Past-President (2005) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Halpern has published over 350 articles and many books including, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (3rd ed., 2000), Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (4th ed., 2003), and From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor (edited with Susan Murphy, 2005).
Dr. Halpern has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the 2002 Outstanding Professor Award from the WPA, the 1999 American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 1996 Distinguished Career Award for Contributions to Education given by APA, the California State University's State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award, the Outstanding Alumna Award from the University of Cincinnati, the Silver Medal Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Wang Family Excellence Award, and the G. Stanley Hall Lecture Award from APA.
In addition, Dr. Halpern has served as president of WPA, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the division of General Psychology of APA. Most recently (2005), she participated in the panel discussion "Women in Science: Are They Being Held Back?" sponsored by the EST/Sloan project in partnership with the Women Investigators Network at the New York Academy of Sciences and provided testimony to the U.S. Senate about the under-representation of women in some areas of science. But until now, Dr. Halpern was not a member of Psi Chi. She thought it was too late. She was very grateful for this surprise recognition. It was very meaningful to her.
Dr. Daniel L. Schacter received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1981. He remained at Toronto as an assistant professor, then moved to the University of Arizona in 1987, where he was promoted to professor in 1989. Dr. Schacter became professor of psychology at Harvard University in 1991 and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology in 2002. He served as chair of the department from 1995-2005.
Dr. Schacter studies psychological and biological aspects of human memory and amnesia. His work has focused on the distinction between conscious and nonconscious forms of memory, and the mechanisms involved in memory distortion and forgetting, using a combination of cognitive, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging techniques.
Dr. Schacter has published over 275 scientific articles and chapters. His book Searching for Memory was recognized as a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year in 1996 and received the 1997 William James Book Award from APA. His most recent book, The Seven Sins of Memory, was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2001 and received the 2003 William James Book Award. Dr. Schacter has received numerous awards for his research, including the Troland Research Award, the Award for Scientific Reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from APA, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.