Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

This award recognizes people who have advanced psychology as a science and/or profession by a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions in the public interest.

Sponsor: Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

Description

Senior Career

This award recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world's intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare.

Early Career

This award recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world's intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare. To be eligible for this award, the nominee's terminal degree (generally a doctorate in psychology) must have been conferred no more than 10 years prior to the award year. For the 2015 award, nominees must have received this degree during or since 2005.

Awards

Each award recipient will receive:

  • A $1,000 honorarium.

  • An opportunity to present an invited address at the 2015 APA convention in Toronto, Canada

  • An invitation to submit a paper to the American Psychologist® on the topic of the address.

  • A waiver of 2015 convention registration fees and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2015 convention.

How to Apply
Past Recipients