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A lifetime of celebrated research

On eve of retirement, community honors Dr. Lynn Rehm

October 9, 2009

Dr. Lynn Rehm, left, received a lifetime achievement award from HPA President Dr. Michael Winter.Dr. Lynn Rehm, left, received a lifetime achievement award from HPA President Dr. Michael Winter.

Campaign looks to create a scholarship in Dr. Rehm’s name

A campaign committee, with the leadership of Drs. Robert McPherson, John Vincent and Nadine Kaslow, has been formed to raise an scholarship from multiple prospect groups. This will produce an award for a clinical psychology graduate student. We are pleased to acknowledge Dr. James Weatherly’s pledge and gift to set the campaign in motion and encourage others to do the same.

The goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 to set up an endowment fund.

The Dr. Lynn Rehm Scholarship will be a powerful tool for recruiting the finest candidates for future aspiring clinical psychologists.

To donate online:

From the Gift Information section, click the “Please designate my gift to” menu and select Psychology. Please designate your gift to: Dr. Lynn Rehm Graduate Scholarship Fund in the special instructions box, or contact Lolin Wang-Bennett, Development Director of the Department of Psychology, at 713-743-8522.

Before he retires from the University of Houston, pioneering depression researcher Dr. Lynn Rehm must take one more bow.

Dr. Rehm, professor of psychology and founding director of UH’s Depression Research Clinic, recently was honored with lifetime achievement awards by the Houston Psychological Association and the Texas Psychological Association. Both honors were presented at the spring joint meeting of HPA and TPA.

"Both are great, active organizations, and I am pleased to have been associated with them for many years.," Dr. Rehm said. "I feel quite honored to be recognized by them in this way."

Additionally, Dr. Rehm was presented with a proclamation authorized by Texas state Rep. Garnett Coleman. A portion of this resolution reads as follows:

"Dr. Lynn Paul Rehm has had a profound impact on both the scientist and practitioner components of the field of psychology; and he is most deserving of the illustrious recognition he has attained."

Dr. Rehm arrived at UH in 1979, bringing to campus his research interests in depression. He also brought new perspectives to the university’s psychology department, revising the curriculum for its clinical training program and later creating the Psychology Research and Services Center (PRSC).

In March, Dr. Rehm’s career was celebrated as part of the conference "The Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Women and Girls." The conference was co-organized by Dr. Jeremy Pettit, then a UH Psychology associate professor, and Dr. Nadine Kaslow, one of Rehm’s former Ph.D. students.

At the joint meeting of HPA and TPA, it was announced that a UH campaign is now under way to create a named scholarship in Rehm’s honor.

"Dr. Rehm’s career accomplishments are the very embodiment of the scientist-practitioner creed that guides professional psychology," said Robert McPherson, executive associate dean of the College of Education, who initiated the campaign. "He has excelled in the classroom as a teacher and has been masterful as a clinical supervisor holding high expectations for his supervisees. As a mentor, he has been a leader among leaders in our state and national psychological associations."

Mike Emery contributed to this article.

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