AWARD DESCRIPTIONS


Division on Addictions
  • The G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions
  • Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Public Interest
  • Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to SoAP of the American Psychological Association
  • Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Understanding of Addictions
  • Outstanding Student Poster Awards


1. Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions: This award is to be given annually to a member of SoAP who has had a doctoral degree for no more than 10 years. The award is to recognize distinguished early scientific contributions to the field of addictions. (Note that beginning with the 2010 award, eligibility will be changed to 7 years post-doctorate.) Every year two of the next four awards are to be given annually (these awards categories will be rotated so that the first two awards (i.e., #2 and #3) are handed out in odd numbered years starting in 2003 and the second two (i.e., #4 and #5) will be handed out in even numbered years.

2. Distinguished Scientific Contributions: This award would recognize a SoAP member who has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to research in the addictions field or had made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances leading to the understanding or amelioration of practical important problems in the field. This contribution could be for either a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work.

3. Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training: This award would be conferred on a SoAP member who has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of education and training in the addictions field; this contribution would not be limited to university education and training.

4. Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology: This award would be conferred on a SoAP member who has made distinguished contribution to the application of psychology and these contributions would include (a) the discovery and development of new information, empirical or otherwise in the addictions field; (b) alternatively, it might be the development of new modes of clinical practice, or the development of a major health delivery system for addictive behaviors. The new information permits innovative applications in a wide variety of situations. The areas might include: assessment, consultation, instruction, training, and direct or indirect interventions. Alternatively, the new service delivery might reach new clienteles, or segments of the population not previously accessed before.

5. Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Public Interest: This award would be conferred on a SoAP member who has made a distinguished contributions to the advancement of public interest in the addictions field. This contribution might include research or advocacy leading others to view national policies differently, research demonstrating the importance of the application of scientific methods and theory to public policy, or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge of human behavior informs public interest about the addiction field. This contribution could be either a single extraordinary achievement or lifetime of work. The next two awards may be given annually. However, there is no requirement that they be given annually.

6. Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to SoAP of the American Psychological Association: This award is to be recommended and voted on by the committee to the Board and would be given to a member of SoAP who has made distinguished and/or exemplary contributions through service to SoAP.

7. Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Understanding of Addictions: This award would be given to a non SoAP member, and could be awarded for outstanding media portrayal, contribution to key legislation, or other contributions that has been made to advancing the understanding of the addictions.


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