Institute honored for contributions

By Kerry Coffey

The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has been recognized with numerous awards for generating, sharing, and applying knowledge to strengthen ties between families and communities.

Institute director Gary Melton received his third award from the American Psychological Association’s for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. He is only the second person to receive three such awards in the 113-year history of the association. In addition, he received the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Associate director Susan Limber was instrumental in earning two awards for programs to prevent bullying among school children. Her efforts with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program resulted in a national Telly Award for the video, Sticks & Stones: the Truth about Bullying, and an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators for public service announcements by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ program, “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now.”

Faculty member James McDonell was honored as Researcher of the Year by The South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children for his work coordinating the institute’s Strong Communities initiative, a child abuse and neglect prevention program.

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