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Release: Feb. 5, 2002
Lutgendorf wins Early Career award from American Psychosomatic Society
Susan Lutgendorf, an associate professor of psychology in the University
of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has won the American Psychosomatic
Society's 2002 Early Career Award for Contributions to Psychosomatic Medicine.
She will receive the award, which carries a $1,000 prize, March 16 at the
societys meeting in Barcelona, Spain, where she will present a summary
of the research for which she is being recognized.
Lutgendorfs research focuses on how psychological factors like stress
affect the bodys immune system and adjustment to chronic illness. Her
work has centered on cancer and aging and has extended to women with urologic
disease. Lutgendorf also studies the impact of techniques such as relaxation
therapy that are designed to relieve stress. In addition to her own research,
which is currently supported by nearly $750,000 in grants from National Institutes
of Health, Lutgendorf also collaborates on a number of studies with researchers
from other institutions.
Lutgendorf has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and currently
serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and the Annals of Behavioral
The American Psychosomatic Society seeks to promote and advance the scientific
understanding of the interrelationships among biological, psychological, social
and behavioral factors in human health and disease, and the integration of
the fields of science that separately examine each, and to foster the application
of this understanding in education and improved health care.