National group honors Spaulding with new award


A UNL psychology professor has received a national honor recognizing his career-long efforts to serve those with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Will Spaulding is the first recipient of the Mike S. Neale award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychologists in Public Service.

The award honors the late Neale, a longtime division board member who devoted his career to working with those with serious mental illness. Among other career accomplishments, Neale worked to improve mental health services to veterans.

Spaulding joined the UNL faculty in 1979. His research areas of interest include schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders, clinical and experimental psychopathology and the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation. He also has studied service systems and social policy.

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' special interest group on schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders also recently awarded Spaulding its "Trailblazer Award." The award recognizes pioneers in the areas of treatment and rehabilitation.

WRITER: Jean Ortiz Jones