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National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Announces 2006 National Award Winners; Five Psychologists Recognized for Exceptional Contributions.

WASHINGTON -- The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National Register) Board of Directors today announced the 2006 winners of the Alfred M. Wellner, Ph.D. Senior Career Psychologist Award. The award is named for the National Register's first executive officer and recognizes excellence in a National Register credentialed psychologist with more than ten years of postdoctoral experience.

This year's award winners are Dr. David J. Drum, Professor of Educational Psychology, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Counseling Services at the University of Texas at Austin; Dr. P. Gayle O'Callaghan, Chairperson of the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychology, with a private practice in Arnold, Maryland; and Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein, Director of Geriatric Psychology at Summa Health System, Geriatric Services Consultant at Coleman Professional Services, and private practice consultant at the Center for Healthy Aging, Kent, Ohio.

The National Register also announced the 2006 winners of its newest award, the Judy E. Hall, Ph.D. Award for early career psychologists. The award is named for the National Register's current executive officer and recognizes excellence in a National Register- credentialed psychologist with less than ten years of postdoctoral experience.

The Judy E. Hall, Ph.D. Award winners are Dr. Douglas W. Lane of Pullman, Washington, a member of the clinical psychology faculty at Washington State University where he focuses on geriatric neuropsychology, geropsychology and rural health services, and Dr. James Patrick Burns of Boston, Massachusetts, a research postdoctoral fellow at Boston University's Danielsen Center for the Study of Religion and Psychology.

National Register Executive Officer Judy E. Hall, Ph.D. is presenting the awards at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to Dr. Hall, "These award winners have made a number of significant and exceptional contributions to the advancement of health service psychology in terms of standards for psychological practice and excellence in care. Each of these award winners has demonstrated vision, dedication to the profession, and compassion."

About The National Register

The National Register is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists. The independent, non-profit organization was created in 1974 with the help of the American Psychological Association and the American Board of Professional Psychology. Today, the National Register is the leading source of information on nationally credentialed psychologists in health care. Psychologists who are awarded national registrant status have achieved the highest educational and professional standards in health care. Early career psychologists can accumulate the necessary credentials during their training so that when they apply for a license to practice, they also are ready to become registrants of the National Register. It is the only independent, credentialing body with a national standard for verifying education and training qualifications, licensing, and ethical standards with more than 12,000 doctoral-level psychologists in its database. The National Register is relied upon by the health care industry, state and provincial licensing boards. National Register also provides this valuable information to consumers as a free referral service to top quality psychologists at
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