APA presented an Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology Award to James M. Jones, PhD, for his 30 years of leadership of APA's Minority Fellowship Program. Throughout his tenure, Jones secured millions of dollars in federal grant money to advance the education and training of generations of minority psychologists.
"There are few individuals within and outside of APA who have been personally and institutionally responsible for the selection and funding of more racial and ethnic-minority psychologists within our field" reads the citation.
Jones, a professor of psychology and director of the Black American Studies Program at the University of Delaware, also has a tremendous commitment to social justice. He served as president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2004, and that year he helped organize a SPSSI conference to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education case. Scholars consider him to be one of the field's leading experts on prejudice and racism in academia.