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Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012

Indiana University sociologist Bernice Pescosolido recipient of Carl Taube Award

Oct. 12, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University sociologist Bernice Pescosolido will be the 2012 recipient of the Carl Taube Award, presented later this month in San Francisco during the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Bernice Pescosolido

Bernice Pescosolido

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Given by the Mental Health Section of the APHA in memory of National Institutes of Mental Health staffer Carl A. Taube, the award honors "those who have made significant contributions in the field of mental health services research."

Pescosolido is Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. Her research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the "wires" through which people's attitudes and actions are influenced. This agenda encompasses three basic areas: health care services, stigma, and suicide research.

Pescosolido has received numerous awards for her work, including the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale, and the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award. Pescosolido has served an advisory role for national organizations and earlier this year was selected to chair the international advisory council for Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-for-profit organization established by actress/mental health activist Glenn Close to address the issue of prejudice and discrimination experienced by many people with mental health illnesses. Her research has received funding from federal and private sources including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Fogarty International Center, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also has been active in leadership roles within the American Sociological Association.

Carl A. Taube, a long-time staff member of the NIMH, played a major role in creating the field of mental health services and policy research.

The Mental Health Section, founded more than 50 years ago, works to promote public health policy and educational programs dedicated to enhancing the mental health of all people and to improve the quality of health care for people with mental illness. APHA members in the section include psychiatrists, psychologists, clinicians, sociologists, policymakers, researchers, post-doctoral students and all others interested in mental health.