APA seeks your nominations for its vast array of awards, which recognize excellence in the psychology field.
Awards are presented under the auspices of APA's Science Directorate, Public Interest Directorate, Education Directorate, Practice Directorate, Committee on International Relations in Psychology and Board of Directors. The deadline for all nominations is June 1.
Award winners receive:
An honorarium of $1,000.
An invitation to deliver an award address at the 2001 APA Convention in San Francisco.
A waiver of 2001 convention registration fees.
Reimbursement of up to $1,000 in expenses related to attendance at the 2001 convention.
The Committee on Scientific Awards invites nominations for its ongoing awards program. The program comprises the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology and the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.
The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.
For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions:
What are the general themes of the nominee's major lines of research?
What are the important research findings usually attributed to the nominee?
To what extent have the nominee's theoretical contributions generated research in the field?
What has been the significant and enduring influence of the nominee's research? (What historical contribution has the nominee's research made to the field?)
Compare the nominee with others in her/his field.
What influence has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study?
Where possible, please identify the nominee's students by name.
Nominations for these awards will not be considered without a letter of nomination, a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography, up to five representative reprints and the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee's work.
The Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For purposes of this award, psychology has been divided into 10 areas: cognition/human learning; psychopathology; health; developmental; animal learning and behavior; comparative; applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social; individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics); perception; motor performance; and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.
Five awards are given each year, with areas rotated in two-year cycles. The titles of the areas were chosen only for the convenience of approximate identification; nominators should view each area in its largest, most inclusive sense. For the 2001 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 1991 are being sought in the areas of applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social; individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics); perception; motor performance; and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.
Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without a statement on the worthiness of the nominee (at least two pages in length), a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography, and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee's contribution.
The awards are subject to the following limitations:
Members of the committee, former recipients of the awards and the president and president-elect of APA are ineligible. For a list of previous award winners, see the November 1999 issue of the American Psychologist.
The committee shall seek diversity in selecting recipients, avoiding as far as possible the selection of more than one person representing a specialized topic, a specific material, a given method, or a particular application.
Nominations for all three awards should be sent to the Science Directorate, APA, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Questions about the awards program should be directed to Suzanne Wandersman at (202) 336-6000.
APA's Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) seeks nominations for its 2001 Distinguished Professional Contributions awards:
The Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge Award.
The Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice Award.
The Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service Award.
The Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge Award is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology. To be eligible, this research should have led to innovative applications in an area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction or intervention (either direct or indirect). Research involving the original development of procedures, methodologies, or technical skills that significantly improve the application of psychological knowledge and provide direct and immediate solutions to practical problem areas will be considered, as will research that has informed psychologists on how better to observe, define, predict or control behavior. Original integration of existing theories or knowledge is also eligible for consideration.
The Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice Award recognizes outstanding service delivery by a psychologist who has provided leadership in improving the profession, its public image, or its public acceptance. BPA will look for public and professional contributions in a variety of areas that may include legislative activity, actions to change the legal patterns of service delivery or advocacy for reimbursement changes that contribute to the development of the profession. The board will also consider contributions of work done as a psychologist in significant organizations at the national, state or local level.
The Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service Award recognizes psychologists who have made outstanding contributions to the public through their knowledge and practical skills. BPA will consider psychologists whose professional or organizational involvement has produced major public benefits, as well as those who have made significant contributions to members of special populations such as the disabled, the disadvantaged or ethnic minorities. Psychologists active in any arena benefiting the public, including legislative policy, law or government service, are eligible for consideration.
For each award, nominators should provide a detailed 75-word narrative statement on the nature of the contributions and focus of the nomination, as well as an up-to-date résumé and bibliography. Endorsements from other individuals or groups are encouraged. Nominators of award winners will also be responsible for preparing a 100-word award citation.
All nominees must have excellent overall personal and professional reputations. Nominees should not have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology and must have no history of ethical violations at the state or national level.
Please send nomination materials for all categories to Chris McLaughlin, Practice Directorate, APA, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, (202) 336-5869.
Public Interest awards
The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest invites nominations for the 2001 APA Public Interest awards: the APA awards for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest (senior career and early career categories) and the APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research in Public Policy.
For the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Awards, the Committee on Public Interest Awards will select two individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the public interest that advance psychology as a science and/or a profession. One award is reserved to honor a psychologist involved in public interest endeavors who is 15 years or fewer beyond receipt of the doctorate. Award criteria include the identification or solution of significant social problems, unusual initiative or dedication in activities meeting client or community needs or the advancement of human justice related to the provision of psychological services or science.
The Distinguished Contribution to Research in Public Policy award will be given to a psychologist who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work. The contribution may consist of such factors as research leading others to view specific national policies differently; research demonstrating the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy; or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge or human behavior informs public policy.
Nominations must be submitted with a supporting statement of 500 words or less, a current vita, a list of relevant publications, three to five selected representative reprints, and letters of support from at least three people familiar with the nominee's work. Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Shirlene Archer, Public Interest Directorate, APA, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242.
Education and training awards
The Board of Educational Affairs requests nominations for two awards: The Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award and the Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.
The award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology recognizes psychologists who have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career. Psychologists will be selected for this award based on their documented positive influence on the education and training of students; engagement in important research in education and training; development of effective materials for instruction; establishment of workshops, conferences or networks of communications for education and training; achievement and leadership in administration that facilitates education and training; and activities in professional organizations that promote excellence.
The award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training recognizes psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education. To be considered for this award, candidates must demonstrate contributions to new teaching methods or the solution of learning problems through the use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological knowledge to improve learning in educational settings (including pre-kindergarten to 12th grade), and/or in communities.
All nominations must include a letter of nomination citing the award for which the nomination is made, and outlining the contributions of the nominee. All nominations must include a letter of nomination, two letters of support and a curriculum vitae.
Send nominations and supporting materials to Shirley Matthews, Education Directorate, APA, 750 First St., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002-4242.
APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) seeks nominations for the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology and the International Humanitarian Award.
The Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to the international cooperation and advancement of knowledge in psychology. Candidates may be from any country.
Nominations should include a supporting typewritten statement of up to 500 words, a current vita, a list of relevant publications and letters of support from three to five people familiar with the nominee's work.
The International Humanitarian Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian service and activism by psychologists, including professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field with underserved populations. "Extraordinary humanitarian services" are defined as professional activities initiated by psychologists, working alone or in association with others, to help alleviate severe stress and restore psychological well-being to a group of people in a variety of difficult circumstances, including but not limited to the following:
Survivors and/or victims' families following a significant event such as a natural or person-induced disaster, a national or international incident, a civil war or a forced migration.
A community of any size in which long-term political, economic, social and/or other circumstances have caused severe stress and psychological problems for a substantial portion of that community.
Nominees must be members or affiliate members of the association. Nominations should provide ample and clear documentation to substantiate extraordinary service that has improved the lives and contributed to the well-being of people in either large or small geographic areas anywhere in the world. Documentation should include, but is not limited to, descriptions of:
The difficult conditions constituting severe threats to the security, stability, welfare or development of communities.
Specific actions, including personal risk, taken to improve conditions. Demonstrated skills, knowledge, dedication and persistence brought to bear on work within specific communities.
The social and political activism displayed in rebuilding or transforming communities, and/or fostering the empowerment of community members to act on their own behalf.
Applications will be screened by the Committee on International Relations in Psychology, which will make recommendations to APA's Board of Directors for their designation of the awardee. Applications must include: a letter of application, a 500-word narrative description of extraordinary humanitarian services and activism, within specified time frames, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and other supporting documents deemed essential to a full presentation of the applicant's work.
Nominations and supporting materials for both awards may be sent to the Office of International Affairs, APA, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C., 20002-4242.
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