SAN JUAN - Albizu University recently announced that Dr. Alfonso Martínez Taboas, a professor at this institution of higher learning, was granted the Morton Prince Award For Scientific Achievement by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). This award is given to mental health professionals who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding contributions to the field of psychological trauma and dissociation.
"This is a very important award so I do feel happy. The President of the ISSTD himself, Dr. Warwick Middleton, called me from New Zealand, where he lives, to tell me I had won. He told me this on Good Friday and I am still celebrating," said Dr. Martínez Taboas, the second Latino to receive this award since it was established in 1985. Etzel Cárdenas, a psychologist from México, won it in 1999. Dr. Martínez Taboas has published more than 50 papers on trauma and dissociation in some of the most prestigious journals in the field.
“We are very proud and happy that the work of one of our professors has been recognized by such a prestigious professional society. Dr. Martínez Taboas is a leading figure in the field of psychology in Puerto Rico. He has received many awards, including the Pierre Janet Writing Award, in 1996 and 2014, also given by the ISSTD. This is a great news to receive while we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our university," said Interim President, Sylvia López Jorge.
Morton Prince was an American physician who specialized in neurology and abnormal psychology, and was a leading force in establishing psychology as a clinical and academic discipline. He was part of a handful of men who disseminated European ideas about psychopathology, especially in understanding dissociative phenomenon. He helped found the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 1906, which he edited until his death.
He came from a wealthy Boston family and graduated from the Harvard College of Medicine. Prince published a dozen books, including the classic "Dissociation of Personality" (1905).
Dr. Alfonso Martínez Taboas, who is also a consultant for the Epilepsy Society of Puerto Rico, specializes in psychological trauma and dissociative disorders. He has received multiple national and international awards. He was named Distinguished Psychologist of the Year and was presented with the Life Accomplishments Award and the Rubén Ardila Award for Excellence in Research.
He is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and was president of the Psychology Association of Puerto Rico in 2007. He has written as well as co-edited 8 books, including "Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy in Puerto Rico." He has also written more than 200 professional articles on dissociative disorders, epilepsy, psychopathology, post-traumatic stress, the LGBT community, atheism and evidence-based practices.