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Professor Light Elected American Psychological Association Division 20 President

Pitzer College Professor of Psychology Leah Light has been elected president of Division 20 of the American Psychological Association for the 2004-2005 academic year. She has previously served Division 20 as secretary, member-at-large, and chair of student awards.

Prof. Leah LightLight has been with Pitzer since 1970. Her areas of expertise include human memory and cognition and memory and aging. Light and Professor of Psychology Deborah Burke of Pomona College have been co-directors of the Claremont Project on Memory and Aging since its inception in 1981. Light's research is funded by the National Institute on Aging, one of the National Institutes of Health.

Light currently serves on the editorial boards of both Psychology and Aging and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. She recently completed a six-year term (1998-2003) as editor of Psychology and Aging, a journal of the American Psychological Association. She also serves on the National Research Council Committee on Assessing Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging (Research Vitality).

The 1,400 members of Division 20 are involved in issues concerned with growth, development and decline across adulthood and old age. Their research focuses on cognitive processes, social and personality development, and clinical problems in later life. With a broad focus, the division includes clinicians and educators, as well as researchers, allowing for a healthy interchange of ideas and information about issues and problems in later life. Division members frequently testify before appropriate Congressional Committees and are actively involved in scientific, training, and professional issues within the American Psychological Association. The division was founded in 1945.