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Biosketches of Alumni Participating in the Cultural Diversity Discussion


Dr. Manuel Vega (Ph.D. Psychology/School, Florida State University, 1964; Wally Kennedy, Major Professor) is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida. He retired from USF in 1996 after 30 years of service. During his tenure there, he served in various capacities: as a school psychologist (in a Head Start project); instructor and chair in the Behavioral Sciences Department; helped develop the Criminal Justice/Criminology Department in 1972. He also developed an undergraduate internship program in CJ, which he supervised and directed. In 1978 he transferred to Sarasota campus of USF to become the coordinator of the CJ/Crime Program there. He was selected as the Outstanding Professor on that campus three times and co-authored Corrections: A Comprehensive View, a textbook that was published in 1996. Dr. Vega was the first Hispanic American to receive a Ph.D. in psychology from FSU.


Dr. Aubrey Perry (Ph.D. Psychology/Clinical, Florida State University, 1972; Jack Hokanson, Major Professor) is Professor of Psychology at Florida A&M University. Formerly chairperson of the FAMU Department of Psychology and Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, he was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at FAMU in 1984, a position he held until 1997. Dr. Perry is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida and is a former chair and member of the Board of Psychological Examiners for the State of Florida. His specialty areas include Psychotherapy-Racial Implications, Aggression and Autonomic Processes, Depression, and Community Mental Health. Dr. Perry was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in psychology from FSU.


Dr. W. Rodney Hammond (Ph.D. Psychology/School, Florida State University, 1974; Charles Madsen, Major Professor) is the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta since 1996. He has overall responsibility for administration of CDC research and programs to prevent homicide, suicide, family, intimate partner and sexual assault, child abuse, and youth violence. The Division has three branches and includes staff from multiple disciplines in the behavioral sciences, medicine, and public health. Dr. Hammond's research and programmatic publications have focused on violence as a public health concern, especially youth violence. He developed Project PACT(Positive Adolescents Choices Training), distinguished by its impressive violence prevention outcomes for at risk youth. He is author and Executive Producer of the series Dealing with Anger: A Violence Prevention Program for African American Youth, which has been nationally recognized for its unique contribution as a culturally sensitive violence prevention program. Dr. Hammond also works closely with the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and Regional WHO Centers in Japan and the Americas. He was the CDC representative to the Health Working Group of the Gore-Mbecki Bilateral Commission to the Republic of South Africa. He has received many awards for his work, including the US Department of Health and Human Service's Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service for his efforts in public health and mental health collaboration.


Dr. Marva P. Dawkins (Ph.D. Psychology/Clinical, Florida State University, 1975; Jack Hokanson, Major Professor) is a highly experienced clinical psychologist in the field of police and forensic psychology. She is one of the founders, and the Executive Director and President of The Center for Applied Psychology and Forensic Studies (CAPFS), a licensed for-profit psychological services corporation in downtown Chicago since 1991. Dr. Dawkins is also known for her work within the Juvenile and Criminal Courts where she has served as an expert witness and has been involved in many highly publicized court cases.


Dr. Antonio A. Nunez (Ph.D. Psychology/Neuroscience, Florida State University, 1977; Fred Stephan, Major Professor) is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State University where he has been on the faculty since 1980. His laboratory is interested in the neural and endocrine control of circadian and seasonal rhythms in mammals, with particular attention to the neural circuits that connect the circadian clock of the suprachiasmatic nucleus to other regions of the brain that regulate sleep and reproductive functions. Some of his recent work includes studies of environmental contaminant effects on neural and behavioral development. He has served on several NIH study sections. He has also had much experience nationally, and in his administrative role in the Graduate School at Michigan State, with matters related to diversity in graduate education.


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