Mentorship of Students with Disabilities Award

The purpose of this award is to give special recognition to psychologists who have provided outstanding formal or informal mentoring to psychology students with disabilities.

Sponsor: Public Interest Directorate Office on Disability Issues

While students may nominate a supervisor for the award, the nomination statement should clarify ways in which the nominee has provided mentoring beyond that which is to be expected from regular supervisory responsibilities.

Nominees may be individuals with or without a disability. Nominations will be accepted regarding mentoring relationships active at the graduate, internship, or post-doctoral level. Nominations from career-level psychologists regarding mentoring relationships during training will be accepted, though the Committee especially encourages nominations from current trainees.

How to Apply

Nominations will require a statement from the trainee describing the mentoring relationship. The mentor also should provide a statement describing his/her own background and the mentoring relationship, and a Curriculum Vita.

Statements from the trainee should include (but is not limited to) the following information:

  • The length of time mentored by this individual and whether the relationship is ongoing.

  • How the mentor was selected (is the mentoring relationship formal or informal?).

  • Frequency / mode of contact.

  • In what capacity is the student being mentored (e.g. research, clinical, teaching, etc.).

  • Ways in which the mentor has assisted in personal and/or professional development.

  • Ways in which the mentor has assisted in reducing barriers to training.

Nominations and supporting materials are due by June 20, 2008 and should be mailed or emailed (preferred) to:

CDIP Award
Office on Disability Issues
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242