Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI)

2016 APA Public Interest Awards

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) invites nominations for the 2016 APA Public Interest Awards.

The Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Senior Career Award 

Recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world’s intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare.

The Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Early Career Award 

Recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world’s intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare. To be eligible for this award, the nominee’s terminal degree (generally a doctorate in psychology) must have been conferred no more than 10 years prior to the award year. For the 2016 award, nominees must have received this degree during or since 2006.


The APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy 

Will honor an individual who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to psychological research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work dedicated to informing public policy through psychological understanding. Examples of relevant achievements include research leading others to view specific public policies differently; research demonstrating the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy; or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge of how human behavior informs public policy.

Award Recipients

Each award recipient will receive $1,000 honorarium, an opportunity to present an invited address at the 2016 APA Annual Convention in Denver and an invitation to submit a paper to the American Psychologist® on the topic of the address. Honorees will also be granted a waiver of 2016 convention registration fees and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance.

The BAPPI Committee on Public Interest Awards will evaluate each nomination based on the extent to which the nominee has exhibited knowledge and/or experience with the criteria identified in the above description of each award.