An Oklahoma State University psychology professor has won a national honor for his work with graduate students in pediatric psychology.

The American Psychological Association’s Division 54, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, presented the Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award to John Chaney who has mentored 19 Ph.D. students and more than 30 American Indian students in his career.

Current and former students nominate candidates for the award. Kevin Hommel, a 1999/2002 OSU alumnus who is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Pediatrics, nominated Chaney.

“John has been instrumental in my career successes. He would never ask for praise or awards – he provides superior mentorship because that is what he loves to do,” Hommel says. “That is one of the many reasons he was so deserving of this award. He was, is, and will always be a wonderful mentor and friend of mine.”

Chaney will receive a plaque and a cash award from the Levin Foundation, which sponsors the award. The award was first given in 2000 and recognizes one pediatric psychology faculty member annually.

The APA has 54 groups representing various subdisciplines of psychology, as well as such topical areas as aging, ethnic minorities and trauma.

The OSU Department of Psychology is one of 24 departments in OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. For more news, visit

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