Winners of APA education and training awards at the 2012 convention

Awards for education and training in psychology, graduate research, and application of psychology to education and training
Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology

W. Gregory Keilin, PhDW. Gregory Keilin, PhD

Dr. Keilin has spent most of his professional career providing training and administration for doctoral internship programs and leadership service for psychology internship training. He has been engaged in writing innovative training materials and is passionate in his leadership in promoting some of the most important networks of communications for education and training — for example, he was instrumental in developing the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Clearinghouse and in improving the APPIC Internship Match Program.


Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training

C. Cybele Raver, PhDC. Cybele Raver, PhD

Dr. Raver is a prolific and award-winning writer who has published widely and served as a reviewer on many high-quality journals. Her publications are well cited, and she has received support from numerous foundations and federal sources. One of the most highly respected scholars and investigators in developmental science, she studies the various factors that affect children's self-regulation and consequently their academic readiness. Her research has revealed effective new strategies for prevention and intervention at home and at school for the most educationally and economically challenged children.


APA/Psi Chi Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award

Cynthia Najdowski Cynthia Najdowski

Miss Najdowski is honored for her outstanding research paper examining the relationship between intellectually disabled juveniles and a heightened risk for falsely confessing to crimes. Through the use of mock trial experiments, attribution theory and the discounting principle, her research identifies the psychological mechanisms underlying this effect. The results suggest that jurors were less likely to vote “guilty” when a juvenile was intellectually disabled than when a juvenile was not disabled. The paper “Understanding Jurors' Judgments in Cases Involving Juvenile Defendants” was published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law® in October 2011 and was the basis for Najdowski's selection as the recipient of this award in 2012. Bette L. Bottoms, PhD, served as faculty supervisor.