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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Educator Receives Prestigious National Award

July 13, 2007

HOUSTON – Michael R. Kauth, Ph.D., a primary investigator in the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), is the recipient of the 2007 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery from the VA Section of Division 18 of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Kauth will receive his award at the APA meeting in San Francisco on August 17, 2007.

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial, and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Kauth is being recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-director of the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), as well as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine.  In addition to administrative responsibilities with the MIRECC, Kauth is associate director for Education, overseeing all informational and clinical training activities.  He joined the New Orleans VA Medical Center in 1992 and relocated to the MEDVAMC in 2006.  His main research interests include health psychology especially related to HIV disease, implementation and dissemination of educational interventions, theories of sexual attraction, and evolutionary psychology.

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