September 19, 2005

SIUC's Fischer, Young earn professional honor

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two psychologists who belong to the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are now fellows of the American Psychological Association.

Ann R. Fischer, assistant professor, and Michael E. Young, associate professor, teach in the psychology department in the University's College of Liberal Arts.

Fischer developed undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as diversity issues, psychology of women, intelligence testing, counseling skills, clinical/counseling psychology, cross-cultural psychology, ethics and individual differences.

She belongs to the editorial boards of the "Journal of Counseling Psychology," "Psychology of Men and Masculinity," and "Psychology of Women Quarterly."

Young's research interests center on cognitive psychology and how people make predictions, judgments and decisions.

He directs the brain and cognitive sciences program at SIUC and teaches classes in the areas of computational modeling, cognitive psychology and research methods.

The American Psychological Association, or APA, is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, it's the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

Members strive to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare. Election to fellow status requires evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology.

Celebrating faculty excellence is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence through Commitment, the long-range plan the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.