Robert J. Howell, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, has been named the 1990 recipient of the Norman S. Anderson, M.D., Award.

The award is presented annually by the Norman S. Anderson, M.D., Award Board of Trustees, a group of Utah lay people and professionals in the mental health field, and honors a professional person who has provided distinguished service to community mental health.The Anderson Award was named in honor of Norman S. Anderson, one of the originators of the community mental health program in Utah. Howell will be honored at a presentation dinner Nov. 1 at the University of Utah.

Howell is a consultant to the Utah State Hospital and Utah State Prison and is a nationally recognized expert in forensic psychology. He has been active in the Utah Psychological Association since 1959, serving as its president from 1963-65 and in other positions as well.

He was co-author of the Utah State Insanity Bill and has been a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Forensic Psychology since 1982. Howell joined the BYU faculty in 1952 and has taught at Fresno State College and the University of Utah.

He is an alumnus of the University of Utah, where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.