November 09, 2004

Espy earns designation as 'lifetime fellow'

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - Kimberly Andrews Espy, associate professor of family and community medicine in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Medicine, is now a lifetime fellow of the American Psychological Association through its Clinical Neuropsychology division.With 150,000 members, the association is the discipline's largest professional organization worldwide. Fellows, selected by their peers, have made outstanding contributions to psychological research, teaching or practice, and their work has national impact as demonstrated by the breadth of their publications, the size of their grants, their leadership roles and their community service.

Espy's work focuses mainly on the development of executive function, or self-control, in babies and young children and on the effect of physical and mental disorders on the development of thinking and reasoning abilities. She is currently at work on multi-million dollar federal grants, one exploring how preschoolers develop self-control and the other the effect on child development of prenatal tobacco exposure.

Espy came to SIUC in 1996 from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor's in 1985 from Rice University in Houston and her master's and doctorate from the University of Houston in 1988 and 1992 respectively.

Leading in research, scholarly and creative activities is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.