Area Researcher inducted as American Psychological Association Fellow

August 11, 2009

Contact: Sally Schwader, 541-485-2711

Eugene, OR – Deborah M. Capaldi, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist with the Oregon Social Learning Center, has been awarded a fellowship in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for Family Psychology. The Council of Representatives confirmed her nomination to the position on August 5th at APA’s 2009 convention in Toronto, Canada.

The Society for Family Psychology website states that “Fellowship is an honor bestowed upon members who have made ‘unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology.’ Their contributions are viewed as having enriched or advanced Family Psychology well beyond the level that normally would be expected of a professional psychologist. Fellows are selected by peers on the basis of evidence of sustained superior performance that is recognizable at a national level.”

Dr. Capaldi has worked at Oregon Social Learning Center since 1983, and has been a Principal Investigator on several locally based longitudinal studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Life Course Antisocial Behavior in Males, Risk for Dysfunctional Relationships, and Intergenerational Transmission of Risk. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Marriage and Family, Child Development, and Partner Abuse. In addition, she has served on numerous grant review committees and is an author of 80 journal articles and book chapters. In 1998, she was awarded the Boyd McCandless award for scientific achievement in early career from the APA.

The Society for Family Psychology is Division 43 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society’s mission is “to expand both the study and practice of Family Psychology through education, research and clinical practice.” Division 43 publishes the Journal of Family Psychology, one of the fastest growing APA scientific journals. The American Psychological Association (APA) is located in Washington D.C., and is the largest professional organization representing psychology in the United State. It has more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as members, and works to progress psychology as a science and profession to support and advance health, education and human welfare.