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Congratulations to Ed Christopherson

In September, 2017, Dr. Christophersen received the prestigious honor of being elected to the Medical Staff Hall of Fame at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. He is the first psychologist to receive this award in the 100+ year history of the hospital. The Hall of Fame denotes an emeritus position by virtue of the Practitioner's previous service. The election to the Hall of Fame is initiated by a vote of the Medical Staff Executive Committee. The Honorary Medical Staff membership constitutes a lifetime appointment as long as the Member desires. Below is the bio that was posted with his portrait in the Children's Mercy Hospital Hall of Fame. Edward Christophersen was born in 1940 Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. He received his BA from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis on psychology and mammalian physiology, and his MA in Psychology from Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1970 in Developmental and Child Psychology. Dr. Christophersen completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship through the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas. He started his prolific research dissemination career early, publishing both his undergraduate Honor's thesis and Master's thesis in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Christophersen's first professional position was as a Research Associate and later Co-Principal Investigator on the prestigious Juniper Garden's Children's Project in Kansas City, Kansas. He then served the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center as an Assistant Professor, moving up the ranks to Professor and Section Chief. During his tenure at KUMC, he focused on treatment and research on common behavior problems. In 1986, Dr. Chistophersen was recruited to Children's Mercy Hospital as a Section Chief and Member of the Medical Staff to organize a new Behavioral Pediatrics Section, within the Neuroscience Division. This new Section would strengthen the developmental and behavioral experience for the pediatric residents and fellows. In 1996, the Sections of Behavioral Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and Developmental Medicine were merged into the productive and thriving Developmental and Behavioral Sciences Section, which continues today as a Division. Much of Dr. Christophersen's early work was on common problems that pediatricians see every day in their practices, such as child passenger safety, injury control strategies, toileting issues, bedtime issues, and tantrums, as well as strategies for improving compliance with the health care providers' recommendations. The research strategies came to be known as "evidence-based" and culminated in his co-authorship of an APA Books best-selling textbook, "Treatment that Work with Children," which was adopted as a text at 37 hospitals and universities worldwide. For parents, he also co-authored an APA trade book based on these evidence-based principles, "Parenting that Works," which was translated into Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese and Icelandic. Dr. Christophersen was the recipient of over 6 million dollars in research grants over a period of more than 25 years. These grants provided some of the support for the 33 Ph.D. students he co-supervised both in their clinics and in their research endeavors. His trainees have collectively received well over 100 million in research grants and published hundreds of peer reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Christophersen was also instrumental in preparing for and successfully applying for Accreditation of the Pre-Doctoral Clinical Child Psychology Internship Program at Children's Mercy Hospital, and served as the Chief Psychologist for the first 10 years of the program. To date, the Internship program has trained over 150 Interns and Fellows who have gone on to academic or private practice across much of the U.S. Collectively, and through their own trainees, Dr. Christophersen's students have provided clinical services to literally tens of thousands of children. In recognition for his contributions to the education of psychology students, he was honored with the Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Pediatric Psychology and the Lee Salk Distinguished Service Award by Div 54, Pediatric Psychology, by the American Psychological Association, and the Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research and the Joseph Matarazzo Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Academic Health Centers by Div 12, APAHC, of APA. A prolific lecturer and author, Dr. Christophersen has given over 500 speeches at international, national and regional Continuing Education offerings, with many either offered by or sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has also published over 200 papers, over 50 of which were in pediatric or medical journals, and 11 books. In recognition of his many contributions to pediatrics, in 1998, he was elected an Honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a lifetime appointment. He was also invited to become a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, and was elected Fellow in the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. His over 450 media appearances and 350 print interviews helped to get evidence-based Behavioral Pediatrics in the popular press. While the majority of his contributions to Children's Mercy has been seeing patients with pediatric and psychology trainees at the Intern and at the Fellow level, he served for almost 10 years as a Charter Member of the Institutional Research Board and later as the first Chair of the Non-Physician and Non-Clinical Physician Promotion Committee for 12 years. He served on the Search Committee for the new Medical Director, on the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation for the UMKC-SOM Site Visit, and continues to serve on the Advisory Board to the Office of Faculty Development. He also serves on the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He previously served as a Member of the PREP Mental Health Pilot Advisory Group for the Academy. He was chosen three times as the Ray A. Kroc Visiting Professor in Pediatrics: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, and at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The untimely passing of his wife of 43 years, Miki, and his health problems contributed to Dr. Christophersen's retirement in 2017 at the age of 77, but he was able to continue some of his activities as an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics.


2016 APA Presidential Citation

Barbara Cubic, PhD, ABPP

In recognition for leading the charge to integrate psychology into primary care medicine and beyond.

Recognized as a trail blazer in integrated primary care, Dr. Barbara Cubic has been a central force in training psychologists to serve as clinicians, faculty, researchers and leaders in primary care settings. Via multiple training programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Cubic has mentored countless professionals in integrated primary care.  She wrote one of the first HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grants and continues to successfully obtain critical training funding.  Her leadership roles have included President of the APAHC, Treasurer for the Society of Clinical Psychology, and Member-at-Large for the Council of Health Psychology Training Programs.    In 2010, she was awarded the PSYCHE Prize by the American Psychological Foundation and, in 2014, she received the Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology Award from the Society of Health Psychology (APA Division 38).  Dr. Cubic exemplifies integrated care in her collaborative approach to finding healthcare solutions. 


Congratulations to APAHC Member
Danny Wedding

The American Psychological Association's Board of Educational Affairs selected Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH as the receipient of the 2015 BEA Award for Outstanding contributions to continuing professional development in psychology.


Congratulations to APAHC Member
Sharon Berry

Dr. Berry was recently awarded the Political Advocacy Champion award from the APA Practice Organization

APA Elects APAHC Member Susan H. McDaniel

2016 President

McDanielFrom the press Release — Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, has been elected 2016 president of the American Psychological Association. She will serve as APA’s president-elect in 2015.

McDaniel is also associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine and director of the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Coaching Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

During her presidency, McDaniel is expected to focus on the integration of psychology into comprehensive health care and how best to prepare psychologists as leaders in team science, inter-professional practice, interdisciplinary education and advocacy to increase diversity and reduce health disparities.

Congratulations to John Linton !!!
associate vice president for health sciences and campus dean of the School of Medicine, West Virginia University

John LintonFrom the Press Release:

Since early this year, he has been serving with great distinction in these interim positions, and has shown the sort of leadership and dedication that his department, the School of Medicine, and the Charleston Division have learned to expect from him in his many decades of clinical, educational and administrative work at WVU.

“John Linton was the obvious choice for this position, and for more reasons than one,” said Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA, dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “His years of service with the organization, his dedication to faculty and students in the Charleston division and his gift for connecting those relationships among our three campuses made him the best candidate.”

Dr. Linton is also well positioned to advance our relationship with our partners at Charleston Area Medical Center. Sharon Hall, the president, CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, said, “Dr. Linton is not only recognized nationally as a leader in psychology education, he’s universally respected as a leader on the Charleston campus and throughout CAMC.  On behalf of CAMC, we are excited about his appointment and I am personally looking forward to working with John in his new role.”