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DeLuca of Kessler Foundation receives research award from American Psychological Association

WEST ORANGE, N.J. August 2, 2012The American Psychological Association (APA) chose John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for Research at Kessler Foundation, as the recipient of the 2012 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award. Presented annually by Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the APA, this award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development or both.

"It is immensely gratifying to work in this field, contributing to new ways to maximize function for people with disabilities. I am honored to receive this acknowledgment by the APA," said Dr. DeLuca. "My goal is to continue to contribute to rehabilitation research that helps people achieve their best in their personal lives, in the community and in the workplace."

Dr. DeLuca accepts the award on August 3, 2012 during the APA's 120th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

About the Award

Roger G. Barker, PhD (1903-1990) and colleagues were the first to conceptualize the "behavior setting" to help explain the interplay between the individual and the immediate environment. Barker is credited with founding ecological psychology and is acknowledged as a pioneer in rehabilitation psychology. In 1943, Barker developed a course curriculum for psychological rehabilitation for Stanford University, which educated professionals caring for the wounded warriors of World War II.

About John DeLuca

John DeLuca, PhD, oversees Kessler Foundation's renowned rehabilitation research in spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Dr. DeLuca specializes in disorders of memory and information processing in TBI and MS and he has authored more than 250 articles, books, and chapters in these areas. His collaborative work in cognitive rehabilitation extends to Italy, Spain and China. He is the editor of five recent books, including the first Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. He often presents at national and international conferences and contributes to continuing education for professionals and consumers. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Rehabilitation Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. DeLuca is a professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurology & Neurosciences at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, and a licensed psychologist in the states of New Jersey and New York.

Contact: Carolann Murphy
Kessler Foundation

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