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UK PSYCHOLOGIST WINS
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSOCIATION AWARD

By Kelley Bozeman

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Donald Lynam

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Donald Lynam, associate professor of psychology, was cited for his "insightful and pioneering contributions to psychopathology research for providing invigorating, influential contributions that span adult psychopathology, personality, clinical child psychology, sociology, developmental psychology and criminology."

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May 7, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A University of Kentucky psychologist has been selected by the American Psychological Association as the recipient of its 2002 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology Award.

Donald Lynam, associate professor of psychology, was cited for his "insightful and pioneering contributions to psychopathology research for providing invigorating, influential contributions that span adult psychopathology, personality, clinical child psychology, sociology, developmental psychology and criminology." The citation also applauded "his willingness to question long-standing assumptions, along with his methodological and theoretical sophistication."

"Don's selection as a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Contributions to Psychology is one of the most prestigious honors a research psychologist can win," said Mike Nietzel, UK's acting provost. "It means that his work is already nationally recognized as being among the most influential of its kind, and it signals the promise that Don will become one of the most respected voices in the field of psychopathology."

The publication American Psychologist will honor Lynam in its November issue and will include a citation, biographical sketch and bibliography. Lynam says the award will open many avenues that will allow his research to be seen by his peers.

"This award brings recognition not only to me, but also to the University of Kentucky," Lynam said. "This will provide extra exposure which should assist in attracting top students to UK. It may also have implications for grant funding and publication opportunities."

Lynam received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been at UK since 1995.


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