Education Leadership Conference

  • Justin Nash, PhD, received an Advocacy Distinguished Service Award in honor of his tireless advocacy for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program. "For many years, he has taken time from his incredibly busy schedule at Brown University to come to Washington to participate in Hill visits with members of Congress to urge their support and funding for GPE, the only federal program solely dedicated to supporting psychology graduate education and training," said Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, chair of APA's Board of Educational Affairs.
  • Katie Cherry, PhD, received an Advocacy Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her grassroots advocacy efforts. "She has never hesitated once in response to our requests for help, whether it's an action alert, a request to fly to Washington to meet with members of Congress and staff, or to make urgent phone calls," said Rey-Casserly.
  • Caleb Gilchrist, senior policy advisor for Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), received a Friends of Psychology Distinguished Service Award. Explaining that the award recognizes the "often unsung heroes" behind legislative initiatives, Rey-Casserly cited Gilchrist's commitment to addressing the growing need for mental health services and suicide prevention among students in higher education.

Two others received awards at the event. Jeanne Blakeslee won the Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award from APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology). Rena Subotnik, PhD, of APA's Education Directorate, received a lifetime achievement award from the Mensa Foundation in honor of her work on behalf of gifted children.

— Rebecca A. Clay