Psychology Professor Wins Canadian Award

Nancy L. Segal, professor of psychology, will receive a Making a Difference Award later this month from Multiple Births Canada, a national support organization for multiple birth families and individuals in Canada.

"MBC's mission statement is to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families in Canada," said Katherine Romain of MBC. "The awards were established to acknowledge those individuals who exemplify this statement."

Segal's award will be presented at the organization's May 25-28 national conference in Chatham, Ontario. Her twins research and her books — "Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins" (2005) and "Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior" (1999) — were cited as important work that is revered in the multiple birth community and deserving of recognition, Romain said.

"It is truly a pleasure and a privilege to have been honored with the Making a Difference Award from Multiple Births Canada," said Segal, who was the recipient of the 2004-05 Outstanding Professor Award, Cal State Fullerton's highest faculty honor. "Twins and other multiples are important people, both for the scientific insights they provide and for the parenting challenges they present. The twins and their families have been so gracious in supporting my efforts in these areas."

MBC (formerly Parents of Multiple Births Association Canada) was originally formed in 1978. The group aims to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families in Canada. It provides support, education, research and advocacy, nationally and internationally to individuals, families, chapters and organizations that have a personal or professional interest in multiple birth issues. The Making a Difference Awards were created by MBC in 1999 in memory of the organization's founder, Sheryl McInnes.