2013 Public Interest Award recipients

Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, Derald Wing Sue, PhD, and Michelle Fine, PhD, are the 2013 Public Interest Award recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 APA Public Interest Awards.

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career)

Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

Dr. Bryant-Davis has conducted socially relevant research and published countless articles and book chapters on the overarching topic of trauma recovery and on global issues of HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. As president and past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Women, she undertook a bold initiative — a video on human trafficking that illustrates the connection between trafficking and slavery, the pervasiveness of the problem internationally and within the United States and best practices for working with trafficking survivors.

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career)

Derald Wing Sue, PhD

Dr. Sue began his five-decade career as one of the first psychologists to explicitly identify the harmfulness of culturally incompetent practice. His call to the field to address racial-cultural bias was revolutionary for its time. Subsequently, Dr. Sue chaired a 1981 Division 17 committee charged with the development of multicultural counseling competencies. Under his leadership, the committee submitted a final report that was eventually adopted as the APA’s Multicultural Guidelines (APA, 2002). This watershed document helped pave the way for psychologists’ subsequent examination of all forms of identity and intersectionality throughout research, theory and practice.

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Michelle Fine, PhD

Dr. Fine has made substantial contributions to psychology that support the solution of intransigent social problems. Professor Fine has made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of educational inequalities, the impact of prison experiences and violence against women. From this research, she has authored countless articles and books. Her research in these three areas has included a strong focus on the ways that gender, race and social class operate within education and prison settings and are played out in the context of violence against women. Fine has contributed expert and other forms of testimony with the legal system and has worked closely with an enormous number of community organizations and institutions in each of these areas.