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Award Named for FGCU Volunteer Faculty Member

FORT MYERS, FL - The Society of Pediatric Psychology Board of Directors announced at its mid-winter meeting in Santa Fe that it will name the newly-established Early Career Award for Florida Gulf Coast University volunteer faculty member Donald K. Routh of Estero.

In informing Routh of the honor, Society of Pediatric Psychology president Glen P. Aylward said, “Because you have been so influential in the development of pediatric psychology as a specialty within psychology, and have mentored and advised many of the prominent pediatric psychologists across the country, the board thought it quite appropriate to name the award the Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology.”

The Society of Pediatric Psychology board decided to establish the award to offer support and encouragement to students and young faculty, which the Society says is one of the keys to enhancing the pediatric psychology specialty.

Although exact guidelines for the award are not finalized, the board will consider individuals within seven years of earning their Ph.D., as well as their contributions in research, clinical training and service.

“What an honor for Dr. Routh,” FGCU dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Carolyn Gray said. “He keeps reinforcing my belief that we are indeed fortunate to have him with us.”

Routh is the founder of the International Society of Clinical Psychology and is presently an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Miami. He has served as president of the American Psychology Association’s Division 12 - Society of Clinical Psychology, and has authored numerous professional journal articles and books.

Routh and his wife, Marion, previously established what is now the Lizette Peterson Homer Injury Research Fund at the American Psychological Foundation in Washington, D.C., which supports psychosocial research on preventing childhood and adolescent injuries.

The Society of Pediatric Psychology () is dedicated to research and practice addressing the relationship between children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning, and their physical well-being including maintenance of health, promotion of positive health behaviors and treatment of chronic or serious medical conditions.

For more information, contact:
     Aylward at (217) 545-2618 or

     Routh at (239) 590-7150 or

     Gray at (239) 590-7156 or

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