Diane Halpern Receives Teaching Award From Western Psychological Association

Diane Halpern, professor of psychology and director of CMC’s Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, has received the 2002 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Western Psychological Association, presented at the organization’s convention in Irvine. Membership in the association includes students and professors from throughout the western United States and Canada.

Halpern was nominated for the award by colleagues and students from CMC and California State University, San Bernardino, where she was a faculty member prior to joining the College last year. The award is based on professional leadership, student evaluations, and research and publications.

Halpern teaches and publishes in the areas of critical thinking, cognitive psychology, and gender differences. She has received more than 20 major awards from organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Psychological Association. She has testified before the United States Congress and has briefed the White House staff on the science of learning and assessment. She is the author of numerous journal articles and more than 15 textbooks, including Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (4th ed. 2003); Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (3rd ed. 2000), and States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary issues in Psychology.

The Berger Institute focuses on the integration of psychology, economics, sociology, and public policy to examine the challenges facing working individuals, families, communities, labor, and business.