Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology

Recognizes an innovative career that has significantly benefited the practice of community psychology.

Deadline: December 1, 2015; December 1, 2016

Sponsor: Division 27

Description

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles has significantly benefited the practice of community psychology. The person receiving this award will have demonstrated innovation and leadership in one or more of the following roles:

  • Community service provider or manager/administrator of service programs;
  • Trainer or manager of training programs for service providers;
  • Developer and/or implementer of public policy;
  • Developer and/or implementer of interventions in the media (including cyberspace) to promote community psychology goals and priorities;
  • Other innovative roles.
Eligibility

The awardee may currently work in any setting (e.g., education, government, business or industry, community or human service programs). The criteria for the award include:

  • Engaged at least 75% time, for a minimum of 10 years, in a non-academic setting in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology;
  • Demonstrated positive impact on the natural ecology of community life resulting from the application of psychological principles;
  • Challenge to the status quo or prevailing conceptual models and applied methods; or
  • Demonstrated personal success in exercising leadership based on applied practice.

Please note: Individuals may only be nominated for one SCRA award per award cycle, and all nominees must be an active member of SCRA in the past one (1) membership renewal year unless otherwise stated in the call.

How to Apply

Initial nominations should be sent to SCRA Administrative Director Victoria Scott and include:

  • The name and contact information of the nominee.
  • A statement, which can be from the nominee, that documents clearly specify his or her eligibility for this award by describing how he or she “engaged at least 75 percent of the time, for a minimum of 10 years, in settings such as government, business or industry, community or human service programs, in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology.” This statement can consist of a brief list of the years, the settings, and the activities, but it should be sufficiently detailed so that there is no doubt about the eligibility.
  • A vita or summary of accomplishments that is no longer than 6 single-spaced pages.
  • A letter of recommendation that is no longer than 4 typed double-spaced pages.
  • One work sample may be submitted in PDF format so that it can be shared with all committee members. This work sample may be submitted in the language of the nominee’s choice.
  • Those nominees whose work is primarily in a non-English language or context may submit a second letter of recommendation that can clarify the work sample or further inform the committee about the nature of the nominee’s contribution.
Past Recipients
2014

Sam Tsemburis, PhD

2013

Kien Lee, PhD 

2009

Andrea Solarz

2008

Rich Jenkins

2007

Jerry Shultz

2006

Adrienne Paine-Andrews

2005

Peter Dowrick, University of Hawaii

2004

David Julian, Ohio State University

2003

Jose Toro-Alfonsois

2002

Debbi Starnes, Emstar, Atlanta

2001

Ed Madera, Denville, N.J.

2000

Will Edgerton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1999

Tom Gullotta, New London, Conn.

1998

Vivian Brown, Manhattan, Calif.

1997

Steve Fawcett, University of Kansas

1996

Joe Galano, College of William and Mary, Va.

1995

Bill Berkowitz, AHEC/Community Partners, Amherst, Mass.

1994

Gloria Levin, National Institute of Mental Health

1993

Maurice Elias, Rutgers University

1992

David Chavis, Rutgers University

1991

Beverly Long, World Federation of Mental Health

1990

John Morgan, Chesterfield MH-MR Department, Chesterfield, Va.

1989

Frank Reissman, City University of New York

1988

Betty Tableman, Department of Mental Health, Lansing, Mich.

1987

Donald C. Klein, Union Graduate School

1986

Anthony Broskowski, Northside Community Mental Health Center, Tampa, Fla.

1985

Thomas Wolff, C, Amherst, Mass.

1984

Carolyn F. Swift, Interactive Development and Training, Columbus, Ohio

1983

Saul Cooper, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center, Mich.