Education Leadership Conference

APA honored three members with Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Awards at the 2012 Education Leadership Conference:

  • Ronald Rozensky, PhD, received the APA Member Award for Advocacy in recognition of his efforts to gain federal support for psychology training and education. Especially notable is Rozensky's participation in the Health Resources and Services Administration's Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages, said Michael C. Roberts, PhD, chair of APA's Board of Educational Affairs (BEA).

  • Two members received Education Advocacy Grassroots Network Awards. Patricia Cole, PhD, a founding member of APA's Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator grassroots network, has continued to recruit campus training representatives even after stepping down as a coordinator last year, said Roberts. "She was an enthusiastic grassroots supporter right from the beginning," he said. "She confessed at the time to being a novice, but didn't let that deter her."

    Linda Forrest, PhD, was recognized for her strong support of APA's government relations staff in efforts to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. "She has truly been a hands-on partner," said Roberts.

  • BEA's Roberts received a special citation from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students in recognition of his work to persuade APA to allocate $3 million to help internship programs earn APA accreditation as a way of creating more internships. "Because of his support," said APAGS Chair Matthew E. FitzGerald, "the internship stimulus package is a reality today."

—Rebecca A. Clay

Thanks for the commitment

“Don’t take no for an answer” when asking elected officials for an increase in funding for the Graduate Psychology Education program, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) urged participants at APA’s 2012 Education Leadership Conference. At a special reception, Education Directorate Executive Director Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, thanked Rep. DeLauro and presented her with an award honoring her commitment to the GPE and meeting the needs of underserved populations.