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Psychologist named APAW

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Cited for leadership in gaining equity for women on campus

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 28, 2004 -- Among Lisa Harlow’s colleagues at the University of Rhode Island, there seems to be a consensus of opinion that she is organized, energetic, and effective when addressing equity issues women face on campus. And, they add, she also has a sense of humor.

For her talent to convert others’ complaints into action and then into accomplishment, Harlow, a psychology professor from Exeter, has been named the 2004 Association for Professional and Academic Women (APAW) "Woman of Year."

A luncheon will be held in Harlow's honor on May 5 at URI's Memorial Union Ballroom from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 payable to APAW and should be sent to the association's president Patricia Morokoff, Cancer Prevention Research Center, 2 Chafee Road, Kingston, R.I. 02881.

"Lisa has led the Women’s Equity Committee, an ad hoc group that has met over the last several years to deal with many pressing and highly sensitive issues related to the status of women on campus," says Betty Young, a professor in URI’s School of Education. "Lisa has helped the group address those issues in a cohesive, constructive manner with President Carothers and Provost Swan."

"Lisa turned the attention of the "Women and Science" lunch group to the discrimination women scientists faced. As a result, the Women's Equity Committee was born," says Karen Stein, director of URI Women's Studies Program and professor of English. "The group has many accomplishments, including obtaining a budget and site for the Women’s Center, the creation of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, and the correction of some salary inequities."

Harlow has also been involved in projects to develop learning communities for women and science, including an Instructional Development Program seminar series on teaching science more effectively.

She has also participated in helping the University gain a National Science Foundation grant for the ADVANCE program to facilitate professional development of women in the science, technology, math and engineering fields. Work on this project includes family friendly policies including family leave issues and childcare.

Harlow joined the URI faculty in 1985 and maintains a rigorous academic life in her areas of specialization of statistics and research methodology, and health psychology. She teaches five different graduate courses and has been a major professor for 24 graduate students. She advises 25 to 50 undergraduates per year.

She is a member of eight professional organizations, has edited the Multivariate Applications Book Series since 1995, has been a co-principal investigator for $939,300 in grants and a co-investigator for another $5 million in grants.

Harlow serves as a statistical consultant to Brown University’s Center for Alcohol Studies; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia; Research Institute on Addictions, SUNY, Buffalo, N.Y.; Rhode Island Hospital; Measurement Group, Calif.; and Vermont Alcohol Research Center.

She has authored two books and 10 book chapters or reviews, published 47 research journal articles, made 121 conference presentations, and presented 41 invited addresses and workshops.