State Leadership Conference

Psychologists, legislators and state associations earned honors at the 2010 State Leadership Conference for their support of and commitment to psychology:

  • Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), won the APAPO State Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of his long-standing efforts to support the professional practice of psychology and to improve the mental health system in Illinois.

  • U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), won the APA Outstanding Leadership Award for championing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and advocating for improved health-care coverage for all Americans. He was also recognized for his strong support of the restoration of Medicare reimbursement that was cut from outpatient mental health services in 2007.

  • Sallie Hildebrandt, PhD, won the APAPO Outstanding Federal Advocacy Coordinator Award for excellence in advancing the profession of psychology through federal advocacy in the state of California.

  • David Hayes, PhD, of Columbus, Ohio, won the APA Committee of State Leaders State Leadership Award for his exceptional service to the profession of psychology as a legislative and health-care advocate, mentor, professional officer, and practitioner.

  • Michael Ranney, MPA, executive director of the Ohio Psychological Association, won the State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Outstanding SPTA Staff Member award from APA’s Div. 31 (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs — SPTA) for his efforts to promote psychology through multifaceted advocacy and organizational effectiveness.

  • The Massachusetts Psychological Association won the APA Div. 31 Most Outstanding SPTA Award for its successful legislative advocacy, innovative programming and advances in psychologists’ scope of practice.

  • The Washington State Psychological Association won the APA Div. 31 SPTA Diversity Award for advancing and sustaining diversity for its members and leadership.

  • The Maryland Psychological Association won the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Award for Outstanding State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association of the Year for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/SPTA membership. This award is co-sponsored by the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Div. 31.