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Alice Carter
September 29, 2015

UMass Boston Professor Elected as APA Fellow


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Alice Carter, professor of clinical psychology at UMass Boston, has been elected by her peers as a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Carter’s work focuses on the development of young children in the context of family relationships. Last year, she received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in support of her work on health disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. She has also served as a principal investigator on grants from Autism Speaks, the National Association of Autism Research, the Spencer Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.

Carter joins three of her UMass Boston colleagues who are already APA fellows. Professors David Pantalone (director of the clinical psychology PhD program), Heidi Levitt, and Ed Tronick were previously elected. Pantalone was one of the scholars who recommended Carter for this distinction.

“Dr. Carter is an immensely respected colleague throughout our department and the university community more broadly,” wrote Pantalone. “ We feel so fortunate to have her in our department. She has been a true role model for me as my own career has unfolded.”

APA Fellow status is bestowed upon members who have shown “evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution to the field of psychology.” Carter was elected as a fellow of the organization overall, after a vote of the Council of Representatives, and as a fellow of its Division on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, after a positive endorsement from the division’s Fellows Committee.

“This is a well-deserved honor,” said Zong-Guo Xia, vice provost for research and strategic initiatives. “We are truly fortunate to have Professor Carter on our faculty, leading our PhD program in clinical psychology into national and international prominence.”

In 2012, Carter received the UMass Boston Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship award. She is the author of over 175 academic papers.