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Aug. 26, 2003

Altmaier Recognized For Contributions To Counseling Health Psychology

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Altmaier, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Counseling Psychology Program, has received the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology.

Given by Division 17 of the national American Psychological Association (APA), the award encourages and recognizes outstanding research and practice in counseling health psychology. Nominees for the award, which carries a monetary prize, must have made a primary contribution in research and practice of counseling health psychology focused on health-related processes and outcomes.

Altmaier's research focuses on the psychosocial sequelae of bone marrow transplant treatment.

"I explore what psychological and social complications ensue from such treatment and look at how people work to solve those problems," said Altmaier, a licensed psychologist.

Altmaier accepted the award Aug. 9 at the APA's national meeting in Toronto.

A native of New York, Altmaier holds a Ph.D. and masters of arts degree in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois.

She has held her current position in the UI College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations since 1989. In addition to her work in research and the classroom, she has directed thesis committees for about 40 doctoral students.[

From 1993 to 1998, Altmaier served as the UI's associate provost for faculty personnel and development and from 1991 to 1993 she was the College of Education's associate dean for research and graduate programs.

Altmaier was named an APA Fellow in 1986, and in 1994 the national APA recognized her for making a "distinguished contribution to education and training in psychology." She is editor of the APA's Clinician's Research Digest and former associate editor of the APA's Journal of Counseling Psychology.

She has published or been co-author or editor of numerous articles, chapters and books on a wide range of topics, among them helping students manage stress, intervention in occupational stress, setting standards in graduate education in psychology, children and life-threatening illnesses and counseling cancer patients, minority students and the hearing impaired.

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