APA seeks nominations for 2013 awards

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APA’s Practice, Science, Education, and Public Interest Directorates, and the Office of International Affairs are seeking nominations for the Association’s 2013 Awards. 

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii July 31-August 4, 2013; a waiver of 2013 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2013 convention. 

The deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2012. 

APA Practice Awards 

APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) seeks nominations for its Distinguished Professional Contributions awards. All nominees must have excellent overall personal and professional reputations. Nominees should not have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology and must have no history of ethical violations at the state or national level. Please send nomination materials for all categories to Sheila Kerr at the APA address. You may also reach her by phone at (202) 336-5878 or email. For additional information, please also visit the Practice Directorate page. 
 
For each award, nominators should provide a detailed narrative statement of no more than 300 words on the nature of the contributions and focus of the nomination and an up-to-date resume and bibliography. Endorsements from other individuals or groups are encouraged. Also, nominators of award winners will be responsible for preparing a 100-word award citation. 
 
The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology. To be eligible, this research should have led to innovative applications in an area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction, or intervention (either direct or indirect). Research involving the original development of procedures, methodologies, or technical skills that significantly improve the application of psychological knowledge and provide direct and immediate solutions to practical problem areas will be considered, as will research that has informed psychologists on how better to observe, define, predict, or control behavior. Original integration of existing theories or knowledge is also eligible for consideration. 

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding independent practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in any area of clinical specialization, health services provision, or consulting, and services provided to any patient population or professional clientele in an independent setting. Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including advancement of the profession. 

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in a wide variety of institutional practice settings (e.g. schools, military, state hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including improvement of institutional service delivery systems or development of psychologically informed public policy. 

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology is awarded on an annual basis by BPA and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. A qualified candidate must demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or have developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. Nominees may have received their doctoral degree at the time of nomination provided that accomplishments for the award were achieved while a graduate student. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply from all psychology sub-specialties (e.g., clinical, counseling, organization, school, health) and can be self-nominated or nominated by an APA member. However, all self-nominations must be endorsed by an APA member who serves the function of a nominator. 

Each applicant must submit a summary of no more than 1,000 words regarding their work with an underserved population that must include a description of the student’s work with this population, the status of the underserved population and number served, nature of psychological services/work done and its impact on addressing the needs of the identified population. In addition, nominees are expected to identify why the group they have worked with is considered underserved. Applicants must also submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of support from a member of APA and, in the instance of a self-nomination, verification that the endorser will serve the role and complete the functions of a nominator. 

The nominator/endorser will be expected to prepare the text for the award citation, attend the APA Annual Convention (at his or her own expense), serve as chair of the winner’s award address, introduce the award recipient and prepare the written introduction for any APA publications wishing to publicize the award. 

APA Science Awards 

The Committee on Scientific Awards invites nominations for its awards program. Nominations for all three award categories should be sent to the Science Directorate at the APA address. Questions about the awards program should be directed to Suzanne Wandersman by phone at (202) 336-6000, email, or the Awards, Honors and Research Funding page.

Members of the committee, former recipients of the awards, and the president and president-elect of APA are ineligible. For a list of previous award winners, see the November 2011 American Psychologist or the website. 

The Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems. 

For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions: Describe the important theoretical and empirical contributions that are usually attributed to the nominee, and the impact of these contributions on the field; Compare the nominee with others in her/his field, including others who previously have received a Distinguished Scientific Award; and Describe what influences the nominee has had on students and others in the same field of study (where possible, identify the nominee’s students by name). 

Nominations for these awards will not be considered without the following: a letter of nomination, a current vitae, the names and addresses of three or more scientists familiar with the nominee’s work; a list of the nominee’s ten most significant and representative publications; and three reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.  All material can be submitted electronically. 

Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For the 2013 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2003 are being sought in the following areas:  applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social psychology; perception, motor performance; behavioral and cognitive neuroscience; and individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics).  These areas should be interpreted broadly.  The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees who are female and from underrepresented groups.  Winners of this award will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in 2013 at the convention, but are not expected to present an award address. 

Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without the following: a statement on the contributions and promise of the nominee (maximum of two pages in length), a current vita, and up to five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.  All material should be submitted electronically. 

APA Education and Training Awards 

The Board of Educational Affairs is requesting nominations for the following awards. All nominations must include a letter of nomination citing the award for which the nomination is made and outlining the contributions of the nominee, two letters of support, and curriculum vitae. Send nominations and supporting materials to Sharon Leiss, Education Directorate, at the APA address. Questions about the awards should be directed to Sharon Leiss by email or by phone at (202) 336-6188. 

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology recognizes psychologists who have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career. Psychologists will be selected for this award on the basis of their documented positive influence on the education and training of students; engagement in important research in education and training; development of effective materials for instruction; establishment of workshops, conferences, or networks, of communications for education and training; achievement and leadership in administration that facilitate education and training; and activities in professional organizations that promote excellence. 

Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training recognizes psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education. To be considered for this award, the candidate must demonstrate a contribution to new teaching methods or the solution of learning problems through the use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological knowledge to improve learning in educational settings (including pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) and/or in communities. 

APA Public Interest Awards 

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) invites nominations for the 2013 APA Public Interest Awards. The Committee on Psychology in the Public Interest Awards will evaluate each nomination based on the extent to which the nominee has exhibited knowledge and/or experience with the criteria identified in the above description of each award.  Nomination letters for each of these awards must clearly explain in 500 words or less the basis for the nomination, including a description of how and why the candidate is uniquely qualified to receive the award.  The letter must be accompanied by a copy of the nominee’s current vita, and letters of support from at least 3 people familiar with his or her work.  Nominees may also submit 3-5 selected representative reprints, or alternative types of samples of work such as Internet based communications, or legal briefs.  Nominations and supporting material should be sent to: Ms. Donnie Graham at the APA address. 

The APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career) recognizes an individual that earned his or her doctorate degree more than 15 years prior to the date of the nomination and whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions have met one or more of the following criteria: 

  1. 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;

  2. distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and 

  3. an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare. 

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career) recognizes an individual that earned his or her doctorate degree 15 or fewer years prior to the date of the nomination and whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions have met one or more of the following criteria:

  1. 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;

  2. distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and

  3. an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare. 

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy honors a psychologist who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work dedicated to informing public policy through psychological understanding.  Examples of relevant achievements would include research leading others to view specific national policies differently; research demonstrating the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy; or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge of human behavior informs public policy. 

APA International Awards 

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) is seeking nominations for the 2013 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.  This award recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and the advancement of knowledge in psychology.  Candidates may be from any country.  Nominations should include: a supporting type-written statement of up to 500 words that traces the nominee's cumulative record of enduring contribution to the international advancement of psychology; a current vita; a list of relevant publications; and letters of support from three to five people familiar with the nominee's work. 

APA International Humanitarian Award. The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking nominations for the 2013 International Humanitarian Award. This APA award recognizes international humanitarian service -- professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field in any country by a psychologist or a team of psychologists working under the aegis of local, national, and international organizations that provide psycho-social and humanitarian services. Humanitarian services are defined as activities initiated by psychologists, working alone or in association with others, to help alleviate severe stress and restore psychological well‑being to a group of people in a variety of difficult circumstances including but not limited to the following: 

  • Survivors of a natural disaster or man-made crisis, such as a civil war, or a forced migration; or 

  • A community of any size in which long‑term political, economic, social and/or other circumstances have caused severe stress and psychological problems for a substantial portion of that community. 

Eligibility 

In the context of this award, an international humanitarian is a psychologist or team that includes a psychologist who does humanitarian work anywhere in the world. This work must include an international component, either  (1) a US psychologist  who is nominated for work conducted outside the USA, or (2) a non-US psychologist who is nominated for work conducted anywhere in the world, including the U.S.  Nominees need not be Members or affiliate members of the Association. 

How to Apply 

Nominations should provide ample and clear documentation to substantiate services that have improved the lives and contributed to the well‑being of people in either large or small geographic areas anywhere in the world. Documentation should include, but is not limited to, descriptions of the following: 

  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, dedication, and persistence brought to bear on work within specific communities; 

  • Specific actions taken to improve conditions; 

  • Actions taken in ways that facilitate the transition from humanitarian relief to recovery and are supportive of long-term development; 

  • Actions taken to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of future crises; 

  • Specific description of the international component of the work; 

  • Any difficult conditions constituting threats to the security, stability, welfare or development of communities, including, if applicable, personal risk to the nominee; 

Applications will be screened by the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology, which will make recommendations to the APA Board of Directors for their designation of the awardee. Applications must include: 

  1. a letter of application;

  2. a 500-word narrative description of humanitarian services within specified time frames;

  3. a curriculum vitae;

  4. three letters of recommendation; and other supporting documents deemed essential to a full presentation of the applicant's work. 

Nominations and supporting materials for the following international awards may be sent to the Office of International Affairs at the APA address. Questions about the awards should be directed to Sally Leverty at (202) 336-6025 or by email.