State Leadership Conference

The following awards were presented to psychology advocates at the State Leadership Conference this year:

  • APAPO State Legislator of the Year Award: Democrat Bonnie Brown, a West Virginia state delegate, for her leadership in sponsoring H.B. 4250, a law creating a presumption of good faith for court-appointed psychologists who conduct child custody evaluations; and Democrat Joe R. Salter, speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, for his leadership in granting psychologists in his state the right to prescribe certain medications for the treatment of mental health disorders.

  • APA Outstanding Leadership Award: Ted Strickland, PhD (D-Ohio), U.S. House of Representatives; Tim Murphy, PhD (R-Pa.), U.S. House of Representatives; and Brian Baird, PhD (D-Wash.), U.S. House of Representatives; for their efforts on behalf of patients and the profession of psychology.

  • APAPO Federal Advocacy Coordinator Awards: Mary Ann Clark, PhD, federal advocacy coordinator, Florida Psychological Association, for her leadership in advancing psychology through federal advocacy initiatives in Florida; and Cynthia Hanson, PhD, federal advocacy coordinator, Oregon Psychological Association, for her leadership in advancing psychology through federal advocacy initiatives in Oregon.

  • APA Presidential Citations: Mike Sullivan, PhD, APA Practice Organization assistant executive director for state advocacy, in recognition of a distinguished career on behalf of psychology and the many publics served by psychology; and Sally Cameron, executive director of the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), in recognition of and with gratitude for many years of work on behalf of psychology as NCPA executive director.

  • APA Committee of State Leaders State Leadership Award: Sandra Shullman, PhD, a member of APA's Board of Directors and former president of the Ohio Psychological Association, for outstanding service on behalf of state advocacy as a leader of the Ohio Psychological Association and for demonstrating national leadership and achievement through significant contributions that pertain to state issues.

  • APA Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) Outstanding State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association (SPTA): Louisiana Psychological Association for providing a model for other associations to emulate in their legislative advocacy, fundraising and other areas.

  • APA Div. 31 Outstanding Executive Director of a State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association: Aline Holler, executive director, Delaware Psychological Association, for her outstanding achievements.

  • APA/APAGS Award for an Outstanding State or Provincial Psychological Association of the Year: Kentucky Psychological Association, for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/SPTA membership.