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Two psychology professors receive prestigious research awards

Oct. 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Two professors from Western Michigan University's Department of Psychology recently were honored for exemplary research achievements and contributions.

Dr. Jim Carr and Dr. Jack Michael received the research awards at the American Psychological Association's national conference, held in Chicago in August.

Carr, an associate professor of psychology, was selected as the recipient of the B.F. Skinner Award, which recognizes scientists who conduct innovative and valuable research during their first seven years after earning a doctoral degree.

Carr received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida, and his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Florida State University. He is the director of WMU's Behavior Analysis Graduate Training Program, and he has published widely in journals devoted to studies of behavior analysis and developmental disabilities.

Michael, a professor of psychology, received the Don Hake Award, which is sponsored by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. The award honors scientists who have made exceptional contributions to the study of psychology by conducting research that bridges the existing continuum between basic and applied science, specifically in the field of behavior analysis.

Michael, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, is widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of behavior modification, which has earned him many other awards in years past. Michael was named a Master Lecturer by the Michigan Psychological Association and received the American Psychological Association's first Distinguished Teaching Award. He also has been awarded WMU's Alumni Teaching Excellence and Distinguished Faculty Scholar awards.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, 269 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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