The National Association of Professional Women has named Jane Timmons-Mitchell its Professional Woman of the Year in psychology for the state of Ohio for 2012-2013. Timmons-Mitchell is a senior research associate for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center For Violence Prevention, Research and Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The NAPW VIP Division selected Timmons-Mitchell for her outstanding leadership and commitment within the profession. “I am humbled every day to work on behalf of children, youth and families,” she said. “Receiving an award in recognition of that work is unexpected.”

NAPW only selects one woman of the year in any given profession for each state. Candidates are selected by the NAPW Board of Directors to honor professional members that meet their criteria of demonstrated excellence and dedication within their profession.

“Dr. Timmons-Mitchell demonstrates the type of professional that the Begun Center is pleased to have as part of our team working on behalf of youth, families and communities,” said Daniel Flannery, Begun Center director and Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor. “This is well-deserved recognition for her long-standing career and commitment to the field.”