Division 54 members’ noteworthy accomplishments

Read about the accomplishments of Division 54 members

Lewis Lipsitt Receives American Humane Association’s Highest National Award

Lewis Lipsitt, PhD, a child development pioneer in the field of pediatric psychology and the 2010 winner of SPP’s Lee Salk Distinguished Service Award, recently won the American Humane Association’s Vincent De Francis Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in research, thought leadership, and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s children.

Lipsitt received his PhD in child psychology from the University of Iowa and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954 as a clinical psychologist. Lipsitt has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Stanford University Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a professor emeritus of psychology, medical sciences, and human development at Brown University, where he is continuing research on the children—who are now adults—he has followed since their day of birth, originally as part of the National Collaborative Perinatal Project. Lipsitt founded a neonatal sensory and learning laboratory at Providence Lying-In Hospital and Brown’s Child Study Center.


RTI International Names Wayne Holden President and CEO

RTI International selected E. Wayne Holden, PhD, a former member of the SPP Executive Committee and a Fellow of APA Division 54, was recently selected as the next president and chief executive officer. “Throughout his distinguished career, Wayne has successfully blended leadership, scientific expertise, and business acumen to establish an outstanding track record of success,” RTI Board of Governors Chairman Bill Moore noted.

Holden is a distinguished researcher and clinical psychologist with more than 27 years of professional experience. He joined RTI as executive vice president of Social and Statistical Sciences in November 2005. Previously, he served more than 10 years in a variety of roles in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, including as director of pediatric psychology. He also held faculty appointments at Auburn University and Emory University School of Medicine. He received his PhD in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

“Wayne is a truly amazing professional who greatly values his SPP roots,” longtime colleague Maureen Black said. “His success serves as a great example of an alternative career path for pediatric psychologists.”