Award for Distinguished Contributions to Knowledge: John D. Krumboltz, PhD. Krumboltz, professor of education and psychology at Stanford University, is being honored for his clinical and research contributions to psychological knowledge. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and APA. His PhD in educational psychology and counseling is from the University of Minnesota. He has worked as a high school counselor and algebra teacher, as a research psychologist for the U.S. Air Force, and taught educational psychology at Michigan State University before moving to Stanford. During sabbatical years, he accepted yearlong invitations as a visiting senior research psychologist at the Educational Testing Service, as a fellow at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at Ohio State University, and as a visiting colleague in the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, as well as at the National Institute for Careers Education and Counseling in Cambridge, England.
He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. On three occasions, he has received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Personnel and Guidance Association (now the American Counseling Association). In 1990, APA's Div. 17 (Counseling) gave him the Leona Tyler Award, the nation's foremost award in the field of counseling psychology.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice: William R. Safarjan, PhD. Safarjan, a public service psychologist for the state of California and a recognized leader of organized psychology in California and nationally, is being honored for his outstanding work in professional practice. While serving as president of the California Psychological Association (CPA) in 1998, Safarjan spearheaded the strongest hospital practice legislation ever enacted into state law, filed the CPA managed-care lawsuit and helped shepherd the formation of both the CPA Graduate Student Association and the Council of California departments of psychology. More recently, as chair of CPA's Graduate Education Reform Task Force, he worked successfully to pass legislation to stop the proliferation of regionally unaccredited schools of psychology in California.
Currently, Safarjan is vice chair of the APA Membership Committee, chair of the APA Committee of State Leaders and member of the APA Council of Representatives from California. He also is on the APA Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Board of Directors and the NAMI California Advisory Board. He remains active in his state and local psychological associations and is chair of the CPA-Political Action Committee.
For his work in organized psychology, Safarjan was named an APA fellow and has received a number of awards, including the Karl F. Heiser Award from APA and the Distinguished Contribution Awards from Div. 18, CPA, CPA Div. IV (Public Service) and the Central Coast Psychological Association. In addition, he has received the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award from the state of California and was named Outstanding Club President by Rotary International.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service: Frank J. Sullivan, PhD. Sullivan, senior adviser for mental health and substance abuse in the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is being honored for his significant contributions to public service. Sullivan received his PhD in experimental psychology from the Catholic University of America in 1967.
His first position was with the U.S. Public Health Service, conducting research and applied studies in the area of health personnel selection and evaluation. He later joined the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), working as a research methodologist in the institute's suicide prevention program.
Sullivan's work at NIMH led him to a number of senior management positions there and at other federal agencies. He was responsible for peer review of research and training applications to the institute and for program planning and policy analysis. As deputy director of NIMH, he directed the institute's program of research grants and in-house studies, mental health services, and both scientific and clinical training. While director of the Division of Legislative Analysis at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sullivan handled an array of congressional and legislative issues, including AIDS, scientific integrity, animal welfare, biotechnology and reauthorization of the research programs of the NIH institutes. As director of program and policy coordination for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), he was responsible for legislative relations and policy development and directed implementation of legislation that established the Community Mental Health Services State Block Grant Program in 1992.
His accomplishments have earned him the Meritorious Presidential Executive Rank Award of the Senior Executive Service on two occasions, APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) Outstanding Achievement Award and numerous other awards from professional and other organizations.
APA/APAGS Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Professional Psychology: Anne S. Labowitz. Labowitz is being honored for her outstanding contributions as a graduate student, specifically in the area of community mental health. Labowitz will receive her PhD in clinical health psychology in May from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Currently, she is a predoctoral psychology fellow in the department of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, where she is training in clinical and applied community psychological settings.
Labowitz was an epidemiologist for six years with the New York City Department of Health. There, she worked on a range of public health projects, co-authored a number of publications and conducted her dissertation research on recovery from West Nile virus. Labowitz is interested in integrating research and practice in community mental health and health-care settings. During graduate school, Labowitz volunteered with Pathways to Housing, a non-profit organization. She worked on one of its Assertive Community Treatment teams, which provide mental health care directly in the community to formerly homeless persons diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. In addition to providing psychotherapeutic services, Labowitz developed and helped implement a hepatitis A, B and C screening project, targeting the 300 clients of Pathways to Housing.
Labowitz is the co-founder and co-director of the Adolescent Health Alliance, a New York City-based non-profit organization that designs, implements and evaluates peer-facilitated health intervention programs targeting urban teens in schools and community agencies. She is also a member of the Class of 2000 of the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program.