American Psychological Foundation Honors Norton

Peter Norton is on the front lines of anxiety disorder treatment and research. From published books and articles on the topic to overseeing the University of Houston's Anxiety Disorder Clinic, Norton's efforts are tireless and have not gone unnoticed.

Norton, UH associate professor of psychology and director of the university's Anxiety Disorder Clinic, was recently named the recipient of the 2009 American Psychological Foundation's Theodore Blau Early Career Award. This honor is presented to clinical psychologists for their accomplishments within the practice and carries a $2,000 prize.

"It is a distinct honor to be recognized for the work that my staff at the UH Anxiety Disorder Clinic and I have been doing," Norton said. "Our goal is to take the most effective advances in understanding and treating anxiety disorders and put them to work for people who are experiencing these common and often disabling conditions. This award should expand our opportunity to provide guidance to mental health practitioners and effective treatment to people with anxiety disorders."

Under Norton's supervision, the UH Anxiety Disorder Clinic serves three primary purposes: providing low-cost, state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders; conducting research to better understand anxiety disorders and improve their treatment; and training graduate students to deliver the most powerful treatments for anxiety disorders.

Norton recently co-authored "The Anti-Anxiety Workbook" with Martin Antony, psychology professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, which offers self-support tips during moments of extreme stress or fear.

Named for the noted forensic and clinical psychologist, the Theodore Blau Early Career Award recognizes professional accomplishments in clinical psychology that may include promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service, innovation in service delivery, novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice, positive impact on health delivery systems, development of creative educational programs for practice or other novel or creative activities advancing the service of the profession.

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