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UNT faculty members, alumna honored with awards at American Psychological Association annual meeting

From a UNT News Service press release


Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers

Two UNT faculty members and a UNT alumna were honored by the American Psychological Association.


Richard Rogers, professor of psychology, was given the association's 2008 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. The award is given annually to a psychologist whose research has led to innovative applications in the area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction and direct or indirect intervention.


Paul Leung, professor of rehabilitation, social work and addictions, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the association's Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology one of 55 divisions of the association. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a rehabilitation psychologist who has made distinguished contributions in his or her work in the areas of practice, science, public interest and education and training that advances rehabilitation psychology as a science or profession.


Rogers, a faculty member since 1991, has received more than $800,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation's Law and Social Sciences Program to determine the comprehensibility of the nearly 900 variations of the Miranda warning that are being used by federal, state and county jurisdictions across the United States. He discovered that the Miranda warnings range from 21 to 408 words, and range in their overall reading levels from second grade to post college, with the average reading levels for certain sections of the warnings varying.


Rogers also is well known for his research on malingering and insanity evaluations. The author of "Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception," and five other books, he developed the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, which determines the accuracy of mental illness claims. The research resulted in Rogers receiving the Amicus Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.


He also is a recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award from the American Board of Forensic Psychologists, the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology and the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association.


Paul Leung

Paul Leung

He received his bachelor's degree from Worchester State College in Worchester, Mass., master's degree from Assumption College in Worchester, Mass., and doctoral degree from Utah State University.


Leung joined the UNT faculty in 1999 and served as his department's chairman from 2004 until the end of 2007. He was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award for stimulating the development of culturally sensitive rehabilitation services to people with disabilities who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Leung also has promoted the representation of people with disabilities, as well as those belonging to minority groups, in professional organizations through his work as a rehabilitation psychologist.


Considered a national expert on multicultural issues in rehabilitation psychology, Leung has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, encyclopedia entries, book chapters and research monographs. He is a past president, secretary and board member-at-large for APA's Division 22. He was a member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities from 1991 to 1996 and a member of the National Council on Disability's Diversity Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2006. He was honored by the National Council on Disability with an Outstanding Service Award in 1993.


Leung received his bachelor's degree from California Baptist College in Riverside and master's and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University.


A 2004 doctoral degree graduate of Department of Psychology also received an award. Rebecca Jackson, an assistant professor in the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, Calif., and Rogers' former student, was given the Theodore Blau Early Career Award by the APA's Division 12 Society of Clinical Psychology.


The Theodore Blau Early Career Award honors a clinical psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession by promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service; innovation in service delivery; novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice; positive impact on health delivery systems; development of creative educational programs for practice; or other novel or creative activities advancing the service of the profession. Award recipients must have received their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years.


UNT News Service Press Release
Nancy Kolsti can be reached at nkolsti@unt.edu.

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