On October 29, 2010, IUP anthropologist Larry Kruckman received the Dr. Robert Logan and Mary Ellen Logan Awareness Award from Postpartum Support International.
The award was presented to him in Pittsburgh at PSI’s twenty-ninth annual conference, cosponsored with the European-based Marce Society. The joint conference is the largest meeting of psychiatrists, psychologists, obstetricians, nurses, social workers, social scientists, family stakeholders, and others dedicated to the treatment and prevention of postpartum mood disorder.
In her introductory remarks, current PSI president Dr. Lucy Puryear stated that “Dr. Kruckman created the original PSI website, and was wise enough to create ownership of that domain name for PSI back in 1996. Last year, Larry and his wife, Carolyn White, generously donated the domain names of postpartum.net and postpartum.com to PSI.”
In giving this award, Bob and Mary Ellen Logan, the award benefactors, said, “Dr. Kruckman, we give our heartfelt thanks for your tireless dedication to mothers and families and to Postpartum Support International.”
Dr. Puryear concluded, “The rest of us at PSI join the Logans in their appreciation and respect.”
The Logans say that they still chuckle at a question asked at an early board meeting in 1996 in Santa Barbara, California. The serious question was: “How does the use of a website further the PSI mission?” Over the years, Larry worked with more than thirty students and various faculty members at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he personally gave an impressive number of hours a week creating and maintaining the PSI website from 1996 until just recently. More recently, he was a collaborator with the National Institute of Mental Health in creating the NIMH postpartum website. During the Andrea Yates tragedy, as acting president of PSI, he served as one of the important spokespersons with the media.
Dr. Kruckman has also helped pioneer the role of social support as prevention. His 2000 research article, “Reinventing Fatherhood,” was one of the first large studies on the role of fathers in the postpartum period. Many of the ideas utilized today for postpartum prevention were stimulated by his ethnographic field research on birth rituals in South America and Micronesia. He has contributed book chapters and research articles which have appeared in many journals, including Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. Kruckman was acting president of PSI and served on the PSI board from 1996 to 2004. He is now a member of the PSI President’s Advisory Council and is currently a professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining IUP, he was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow in public health and epidemiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. Since that time, Larry and Carolyn have been dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and babies.
Past award recipients have included former Governor of New Jersey Richard Cody and former First Lady Mary Jo Codey for their pioneering work on promoting postpartum screening throughout their state, and Brooke Shields for her fund raising and awareness raising book, Down Came the Rain.