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Jane Kessler, Ph.D.: Lifetime Achievement Award.
I met Jane Kessler in 1957 when she was chief psychologist at the Child Psychiatry Clinic at University Hospitals and I was applying for internships.  I was immediately struck by her magnetic personality, sense of humor, and her straight-forward, no nonsense approach.  Two years later she crossed the street to the University and founded the Mental Development Center, an interdisciplinary clinical out-patient facility for the evaluation and treatment of mentally retarded children and their families.  I had just earned my degree and luckily she asked me to join the staff.  The Center was unique, as it was one of the first such clinics in the country and only one of two that were administered by a psychologist.  All the others were in pediatric departments or in public health centers.
For the next twenty years, Jane directed the Center, which served thousands of families in the area.  In addition, she joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology, and became the Lucy Adams Leffingwell Distinguished Professor.  She was an inspiring teacher, director of dozens of doctoral dissertations, and mentor to many students who are now contributing professionals in the field.  She also served a term as chair of the Department, as well as chair of the Faculty Senate.  Jane became emerita in 1993 and reinvented herself as the owner of Appletree Books.
Jane has achieved cusses as a clinician, academician, and community leader.  Her many writings have aided our understanding of child development and abnormality.  Among her scholarly publications, she authored Psychopathology of Childhood (Prentice Hall, 1966, 1986), which has become a classic in the field.  And recently she was an associate editor and contributor to History of Psychotherapy: A Century of Change (APA 1992).  Her contributions to the profession include service on many boards an committees of local and national associations.  Her leadership qualities are evident by presidencies of this Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, Ohio Association, Ohio Association on Mental Deficiency, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association, a national multidisciplinary mental health organization.  Jane has served the citizens of  the Cleveland area beyond her clinical activities of the Mental Development Center.  She has been President of the Board of Directors of Beech Brook Children’s Center, on the Boards of Youth Enrichment Services and Magnolia House, and chair of the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation, where she was just inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Her contributions have been recognized with some of the most prestigious honors a profession and community can bestow.  To name just a few, she received the Distinguished Service Awards from the Cleveland and Ohio Psychological Associations, and from Cleveland State University.  She was honored by the American Psychological Association with the Professional award for Distinguished Public Service and by the State of Ohio with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Women.  As  my mentor, role model, and colleague for many years, it is a real privilege to present Jane W. Kessler with this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Psychological Association.  Congratulations, Jane!
By Donald K. Freedheim, Ph.D.

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