DANA DUNN HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO REHABILITATION PSYCHOLOGY
Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, delivered the Beatrice Wright and Tamara Dembo Award Lecture in Rehabilitation Psychology at the Eleventh Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference, held in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 28. His lecture, "Psychosocial Perspectives on Rehabilitation: Then and Now," was presented to a plenary session of rehabilitation therapists and researchers, clinical psychologists, neurologists, medical school faculty, and academic psychologists.
In conjunction with the lecture, Dunn was recognized by Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, Inc., for his research and writing about disability issues in psychology over the last fifteen years. "I was surprised and delighted by the recognition—it was a career highlight," he commented. Dunn's scholarship is aimed at informing rehabilitation psychologists—researchers, practitioners, therapists—about how psychosocial factors can enhance or inhibit the rehabilitation process. Most of his work has focused on acquired physical disability, an area that has special relevance for rehabilitation professionals working with an increasing number of war veterans. In rehabilitation psychology, Dunn pioneered "positive psychology" in his research and writings—an approach that has recently gained wide acceptance.
Sponsored by the David and Minnie Meyerson Foundation, the Beatrice Wright and Tamara Dembo Award Lecture is named in honor of the two psychologists who pioneered the study of social psychology of disability.