APA Public Interest Award Winners

APA presents awards for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest — Senior Career and Early Career — and Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy.

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest — Senior Career

Bernice Lott, PhD
There are few more intransigent social problems in the world today than poverty, and through her fifty years of scholarship and activism, Dr. Bernice Lott has led psychology in aligning itself explicitly with action to end poverty. Lott’s commitment to social justice has been a guiding force within her career from the beginning, as her groundbreaking research on gender, ethnicity, race and multiculturalism demonstrates. 

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest — Early Career

Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD
Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot, a counseling psychologist by training, has made extraordinary contributions to advance HIV prevention among urban at-risk adolescent populations. She is currently a full professor at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center where she serves as the co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Lightfoot is a trailblazer in the use of social media as a way to deliver effective HIV preventions to youth. 

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Dan Olweus, PhD
For four decades, Dan Olweus has led an extraordinary international program of research on the requisites for prevention of violence. Olweus is the consensually recognized as the world’s leading expert on bullying and its prevention. His approach to bullying is consistent with his multifaceted approach to the study of aggression: societal, institutional, familial, situational and psychological.