APA honored two members and a congressional aide with Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Awards at the 2010 Education Leadership Conference:
Cindy Juntunen, PhD, received the APA Member Award for Advocacy in recognition of her longstanding support of education advocacy. “As chair of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils, she not only played a significant role in promoting communication and collaboration among psychology’s training councils to advance psychology education and training, but also urged CCTC members to join our grassroots network and support other related activities,” said Janet R. Matthews, PhD, chair of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs.
Philinda Hutchings, PhD, an APA Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator, received the Education Advocacy Grassroots Network Award. “She is always looking for opportunities to raise awareness of the need to be involved in grassroots activities,” said Matthews. “Her ability to recruit other psychologists in support of education advocacy is truly amazing.” As just one example, Matthews cited Hutchings’ single-handed recruitment of 30 new campus training representatives in just three months.
Debbie Jessup, the legislative aide on health appropriations and policy for Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), received the Friends of Psychology Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes the essential role that congressional staff members play in psychology education advocacy. “Congressional staff members are often the unsung heroes in legislative efforts,” said Matthews. “Debbie Jessup exemplifies that tradition.”