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Release: Aug. 2, 2000
UI psychology professor wins national award for early career scholarship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For the second year in a row, Alan Christensen, a University
of Iowa associate professor of psychology, will receive a national award from
the American Psychological Association at its national convention, held this
year in Washington, D.C. Aug. 3-6.
Christensen will receive the 2000 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for
Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of health psychology.
A letter informing him of his award said, "Your contributions advance
not only science, but also the reputation of psychology as a field of scientific
Along with a formal award citation, Christensen will receive a $1,000 prize
and will deliver a guest lecture Sunday, Aug. 6 on "Patient Adherence
to Medical Regimens: Congruency, Control, and Conditioning."
Christensen, who joined the UI faculty in 1993, studies the psychological
factors that affect whether patients adhere to doctors' orders for follow-up
treatment after major medical procedures.
At last year's APA convention, Christensen received a similar recognition
for early career excellence from the health division of the APA, one of 54
divisions within the association.