Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 6. He will become President-Elect at the August 2014 APA meeting, take over as President in August 2015 and become Past President in August 2016.
The APA’s Division 6 focuses on behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology. As President-Elect, Kuczaj will attend the APA Division Leadership Conference in January 2015 and be responsible for naming the Program Chair for the Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology component of the APA annual convention, as well as appointing the secretary and treasurer of the Division for his term.
Kuczaj will also work with the editor of the Division newsletter and other Division officers and chairs to elect APA Council, Board, and Committee representatives, select Division fellows, and submit annual division reports to APA.
“It’s an honor when one’s scientific peers demonstrate this level of trust in your abilities,” Kuczaj said. He also noted his election was another example of national recognition of the work of the Southern Miss Department of Psychology.
Along with his graduate students, Kuczaj has conducted international research on marine mammals and other animals for more than 20 years, both in the field and in captive facilities around the world. The laboratory’s projects have received support from the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of Commerce, among other entities.
The Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory is housed in the College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Psychology. For more information on the laboratory and Kuczaj’s research, online visit http://www.usm.edu/psy-kuczaj/