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Lichtman honored for contributing to quality of women's lives

Dr. Louis J. Lichtman, professor of psychology, received the Abigail Allen Award during the Alfred University (AU) annual spring Honors Convocation.

The Abigail Allen Award is given in memory of Abigail Allen, a founding mother of Alfred University who dedicated her life’s work to advancing the cause of coeducation and encouraging women to pursue higher education. In so doing, she contributed immeasurably to improving the quality of women’s lives on campus and in the wider community. Abigail was married to Jonathan Allen, AU’s second president.

The award is presented each year to a faculty or staff member who has contributed to the Alfred campus and community by improving the quality of women’s lives today and whose exceptional efforts deserve recognition in this vein.

A member of the Alfred faculty since 1970, Lichtman has received four Alfred University awards for teaching excellence and an “Alfie” Award for faculty contribution to campus life. He served as chairman of the Psychology Division during three periods of time: from 1972-79, 1996-2000 and 2008-10. From 1979-85, he was the assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts Sciences and from 2004-08, he was the acting dean. Lichtman has served on numerous committees, including the University’s Faculty Senate, the Faculty Council for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Strategic Planning Council.

He is the author of “A Practical Guide for Raising a Self-Directed and Caring Child,” published in 2011.

Throughout his years on campus Lichtman has taught classes and seminars on such topics as neuropsychology, parenting, and psychology. He is currently researching hemispheric specialization, neural correlates of behavior disorders, and weight control: male/female brain differences.

Lichtman earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maine.