Hospital Investigator to Receive APF Cummings PSYCHE Prize


Anne Kazak, Ph.D., ABPP, Division of Oncology, will be honored with the 2009 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Cummings PSYCHE Prize for her contribution to the integration of behavioral and physical healthcare.

The APF and The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation are co-sponsoring the award, which includes a $50,000 prize to Dr. Kazak for her research at Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kazak’s research centers on how children and families cope with and adjust to serious pediatric illnesses. Specifically, she focuses on the development of evidence-based assessments and interventions for children with cancer and their families. Her studies on traumatic stress as a model for understanding psychological responses to illness continue to receive National Institutes of Health funding for their multidisciplinary clinical utility across diseases. Her findings have been published in many high profile scientific journals.

At Children’s Hospital, Dr. Kazak is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, the director of the Department of Psychology, and the deputy director of the Behavioral Health Center. In addition, she directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, part of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and is the editor of the Journal of Family Psychology.

Dr. Kazak will receive the award in August 2009 during an APF ceremony at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Toronto, Ontario.

Founded in 1953, the APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

The Cummings Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a nonprofit research and educational institute dedicated to excellence in behavioral health services. The foundation funds internally generated research, educational, and demonstration projects.