State Leadership Conference

The following awards were presented during the APA Practice Organization's State Leadership Conference in March to recognize the dedication of advocates for the field:

  • The APA Practice Directorate's Outstanding Leadership Award was given to Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) for his continued support of mental health parity.

  • The APA Practice Organization's Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ellen Gerrity, PhD, who served as the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's senior mental health adviser.

  • The first-ever 2003 State Legislator of the Year Award was given to state Rep. Edward C. Sandoval (D-N.M.).

  • The 2003 Committee of State Leaders State Leadership Award went to Daniel J. Abrahamson, PhD, director of professional affairs, Connecticut Psychological Association.

  • APA's Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) presented the Outstanding Executive Director of a State or Provincial Psychological Association Award to Jan Trepanier of the Vermont Psychological Association and the Outstanding State or Provincial Psychological Association Award to the Oregon Psychological Association.

  • The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Award for an Outstanding State or Provincial Psychological Association of the Year went to the Ohio Psychological Association.

  • The APA Practice Organization's Federal Advocacy Coordinator Awards went to Stewart Beasley, PhD, of Oklahoma, and Maury Lacher, PhD, of New York.