Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award Recipients
The APA Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) award the Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award to actively demonstrate COPA’s commitment to ensuring that issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training and practice. The Psychology and AIDS Leadership Awards recognize leaders in the field who have substantial contributions, show promise of an extensive, influential career.
The award is given in two categories, emerging and distinguished leaders, in one or more areas of influence: service provision, research, teaching/mentoring and policy/advocacy. The Psychology and AIDS Leadership Awards recognize emerging leaders in the field who have substantial contributions, show promise of an extensive, influential career and distinguished leaders in the field who have had a long-standing influence on HIV/AIDS issues, and they must be current members of APA.
Emerging Leader Award
David J. Moore, PhD, receives the 2013 Psychology and AIDS Emerging Leader Award for his outstanding accomplishments in teaching and mentoring, along with his innovative contributions to research on the neuropsychological aspects of HIV/AIDS.
Moore is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a licensed clinical psychologist. Over the past 15 years, Moore has been conducting research with persons living with HIV infection and has authored more than 68 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a principal investigator on several ongoing HIV-related research studies that are supported by NIMH, NIDA and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). One of his primary research foci is examining the neurocognitive complications associated with HIV infection and other comorbid disorders (e.g., psychiatric and substance use disorders) and how neurocognitive difficulties relate to everyday functioning. In addition, Moore has a keen interest in the intersection of HIV and aging, and in identifying factors associated with successfully aging with HIV infection. Much of his recent work has focused on developing innovative, personalized, scalable text messaging interventions to improve antiretroviral medication adherence.
Moore is passionate about giving back to the community and mentoring students. He routinely presents his research findings to local HIV community organizations and participant advisory boards. Moore teaches first-year UCSD medical students in a year-long course designed to develop effective, compassionate, patient-centered communication skills. As a faculty member in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Moore is a dedicated and enthusiastic mentor to the next generation of researchers who are similarly committed to improving the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Distinguished Leader Award
John R. Anderson, PhD, receives the 2013 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leader Award for his comprehensive vision and unswerving leadership across the spectrum of psychology and AIDS advocacy, mentoring and teaching, research and service.
Anderson, a distinguished and pioneering clinical psychologist and therapist passed away on Sept. 17, 2012. John was the former senior director of the Office on AIDS — a position he held since 1994. Anderson began his APA career in 1988 as assistant director for the AIDS Community Training Project, the predecessor to the HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program.
Anderson forged the creation and sustainability of the HOPE, Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer and Cyber Mentors programs, and with two additional special projects: the Tabano and End-of-Life projects. In his position at APA, Anderson was awarded federal funding totaling more than $14 million from federal agencies including: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and National Institutes of Health. Through his leadership, the Office on AIDS and its programs have trained tens of thousands of mental health professionals about HIV and mental health and provided ongoing capacity building assistance to over 700 organizations to support community-based organizations (CBOs) within their communities. He was also a coauthor and editor of six APA-published books, which included Ethics in HIV-Related Psychotherapy: Clinical Decision-Making in Complex Cases. As the staff liaison for the Ad Hoc Committee for Psychology and AIDS (COPA) Committee, Anderson led collaborative efforts to establish numerous APA policy positions and statements. Most recently, the APA Council of Representatives passed the Resolution on Combination Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches to Optimize HIV Prevention.
Anderson led two APA Working Groups on Assisted Suicide and End of Life Decisions which led to final reports including recommendations and two resolutions passed by the Council of Representatives. Anderson played a pivotal role in creating one of the most ground-breaking, internet based educational programs for end-of-life issues to any professional who cares for the terminally ill population. The 10 online modules are hosted by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology. In addition, the following associations/organizations have approved these courses:
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC);
- National Association of Social Workers;
- Association for Death Education and Counseling Certification in Thanatology;
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; and,
- The American Geriatrics Society.
Anderson was known nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of psychology, developing numerous national evidence-based HIV prevention programs. His innovative approaches to cutting edge approaches and interventions for HIV made him a vanguard in the community.
He was also a clinical psychologist who conducted a private psychotherapy and case management practice in Washington, D.C. since 1986. He specialized in individual, couple, family, and hypnosis therapies for people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses.