Distinguished Member Awards: Bernal, Cacioppo, Cialdini, and Wertheimer
Drs. Guillermo Bernal, John Cacioppo, Robert Cialdini, and Michael Wertheimer were recently honored as Psi Chi's latest additions to its prestigious roll of Distinguished Members. They received special recognition at the recent 2006 MPA and APA/Psi Chi National Conventions.
Guillermo Bernal, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the University Center for Psychological Services and Research at the University of Puerto Rico-UPR, Rio Piedras Campus. He received his doctorate in psychology (clinical) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978. His work has focused on training, research, and the development of mental health services responsive to ethnic minorities, first at UCSF and later at the UPR-RP. He has published over 100 journal articles and chapters on Latino mental health, family and marital therapy, and treatment outcome research. His current work is in efficacy of parent interventions in the treatment of depression in adolescents. Also, he directs mentoring programs supported by the NIMH, Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program and COR programs at UPR-RP focused on intervention and treatment research. His most recent books are Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy in Puerto Rico (2005) and The Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology published in 2003. He is the associate editor for Research of Family Process.
John Cacioppo, PhD, is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the director of the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He served as president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Society for Consumer Psychology. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the APS and the Ohio State University Research Foundation. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and as a Distinguished Member of Psi Chi. He is a fellow of APS (charter member), APA (Divisions 1, 3, 6, 8, 23, & 38), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, World Innovation Foundation, International Organization of Psychophysiology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and Society of Behavioral Medicine. He received the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, an honorary doctor of science degree from Bard College, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the APA, the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research, the Donald Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Patricia R. Barchas Award from the American Psychosomatic Society. He was the keynote speaker at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the APS. Cacioppo is the former editor of Psychophysiology and a former associate editor of Psychological Review and of Psychophysiology. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging of the US Department of Health and Human Services, an associate editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science, an associate editor of Social Neuroscience, and the President-Elect (2006-07) of APS.
Robert Cialdini, PhD, received undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, the University of North Carolina, and Columbia University, respectively. He has held visiting scholar appointments at Ohio State University, the Universities of California at San Diego and Santa Cruz, the Annenberg School for Communications, and at both the Psychology Department and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. He is currently Regents' Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where he has also been named Distinguished Graduate Research Professor. He has been elected president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Psychology, and the Peitho Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Social Influence.
Michael Wertheimer, PhD, earned a BA from Swarthmore College, MA from Johns Hopkins University, and PhD in experimental psychology from Harvard University. He taught three years at Wesleyan University before going in 1955 to the University of Colorado at Boulder, becoming full professor in 1961 and professor emeritus in 1993. For almost 40 years he directed the departmental honors program in psychology at Colorado; he also directed doctoral programs in experimental psychology and sociocultural psychology.
Wertheimer has published several hundred articles and is author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of dozens of books; his scholarly foci included perception, cognition, psycholinguistics, the teaching of psychology, and the history of psychology. He is coeditor of the first four volumes of the series Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology, copublished by APA and Erlbaum (the fourth volume of which appeared in 2000); also published in 2000 was the fourth edition of his A Brief History of Psychology (Harcourt, Brace).
He has been president of four APA divisions, RMPA, and Psi Chi. Recipient of two national awards for the teaching of psychology and of several awards for service, he has been a member or chair of many APA boards and committees and served numerous terms on the APA Council of Representatives. In 2000, APA's Division 26 presented him a "lifetime achievement award for sustained, outstanding, and unusual contributions to the history of psychology."