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Oct. 12, 2006

Michael O'Hara Named Starch Faculty Fellow

Michael O'Hara, professor of psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a Starch Faculty Fellow, Dean Linda Maxson announced recently. The five-year, renewable appointment carries an annual recurring research fund to be used to enhance scholarly work and professional travel.

A clinical psychologist, O'Hara is internationally known as a leader in the area of perinatal depression. He has published more than 85 articles, book chapters and books, most of which address the topic of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. His work has been supported by numerous grants and contracts from federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

In 2002, he was the recipient of the Marcé Medal for lifetime achievement in the area of perinatal mood disorders by the International Marcé Society. He has also been elected president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and the Marcé Society.

O'Hara joined the UI faculty in 1980 after earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves as co-director of the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center. He previously served as chair of the Department of Psychology (1994-2000) and as associate dean for research and development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2000-2003).

Named for Daniel Starch, these faculty fellowships are awarded to outstanding current faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who conduct research primarily in psychological and human behavior problems in the field of communication. Starch earned his doctorate in psychology from the UI in 1906 and went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Washington University and New York University. He is best known for devising a procedure for measuring the readership of advertisements. Known as the Starch Recognition Procedure, the system he developed in 1922 is still used today. In 1955 he was inducted into the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hall of Fame.

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