Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award Citations


Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP (distinguished)
In recognition of her significant and strong leadership in psychology as an academician, researcher, administrator, practitioner, mentor, advocate and policy maker, Chin has demonstrated a lifelong commitment towards diversity in our society. She has made noteworthy contributions towards feminism and multiculturalism. Chin’s career is highlighted by being the first in many roles and her work on promoting the integration of primary health care and behavioral health; her advocacy and community work promoting access to care; and her mentoring and professional interactions are widely acclaimed. Chin’s research and scholarship include 12 books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, and over 200 presentations. Her service to psychology is evidenced by her leadership as past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; as a member of the APA Council of Representatives and other APA boards and committees; in leadership roles within the New York State Psychological Association; and as a faculty member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. As a longstanding voice for diversity, equality and justice for all, she is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Krista M.G. Chronister, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her contributions toward enhancing and improving the lives of women and girls, Chronister has been a consistent advocate for influencing policies and practices to more effectively prevent and ameliorate the adverse effects of domestic and intimate partner violence. Her contributions are documented through her more than 20 journal publications, six co-authored book chapters, more than 50 refereed conference presentations, and three invited keynote addresses. Her extraordinary grant-writing and preparation skills have secured more than $7.1 million in awards and grants. Chronister’s research provided the foundation for the development of the Advancing Career Counseling and Employment Support for Survivors of domestic violence curriculum, an empirically-based intervention for women and girls who are survivors of domestic violence, which is being utilized domestically and internationally. She is committed to teaching and training students, and maintains a reputation for being exceptional in her abilities, motivation, and persistence as a professor and mentor. She is an outstanding advocate with a record of impressive accomplishments. She is the epitome of an emerging leader for women in psychology.

P. Michele Contreras, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her contributions to practice, scholarship, public interest and service to women in psychology, Contreras has emerged as a “pioneer,” who is breaking the silence and invisibility around the abuses of women and girls. Contreras has a unique ability to integrate her practice experiences, both in the United States and internationally, with a deep understanding of social context of women, attending to both sources of stress and resilience. As a member of the APA Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls, chair of the Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) Special Committee on Violence Against Women, and chair of the Div. 35 Task Force on the Feminist Perspectives on the Trafficking of Women, she continues to address the challenges faced by women and girls who survive trafficking, and lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer trauma victims, to call attention to the need for systemic change in mental health service delivery to address the social, cultural and economic factors that contribute to and perpetuate cycles of violence. Her efforts have gone beyond scholarship to the creation of interventions, specifically, creating access to services for women. She is a talented, dedicated leader with an unwavering commitment to underserved communities and an abiding passion to create a better world through psychology. Contreras is indeed a force we will continue to see and hear from in the future.

Janet Shibley Hyde (distinguished)
In recognition of her contributions to vital theory on Body Objectification, Gender Intensification, Feminist Biology, Feminist Identity Development, Gender and Science, Managing Family and Work roles, Parental Leave, the Sexualization of Girls and Single-sex Education. Hyde’s Gender Similarity Hypothesis represents compelling scholarship in the psychology of women and encompasses analyses of national and international data on verbal ability, mathematical potential, self-esteem, sexuality and eroticism, temperament and moral orientation. She has worked tirelessly and effectively on public policy issues. She co-chaired the Task Force on Women and Depression in Wisconsin that highlighted the mental health needs of women and advocated for parity in health insurance coverage. She influenced national policy as scientific advisor to Surgeon General David Satcher and advocated for comprehensive sex education in schools. For over 40 years, she has created opportunities for her students and for feminists across the nation and the world. Hyde is truly an outstanding and distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Mindy Erchull, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her significant contributions to feminist psychology, Erchull has demonstrated a commitment to promoting feminist psychology through her award- winning teaching, mentoring and collaboration. She has provided outstanding leadership to the field of psychology through her significant service to multiple professional associations, including the Society for the Psychology of Women, the Association for Women in Psychology and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Her contributions to the psychology of women are evidenced by her published work and conference presentations, as well as her leadership as consultant editor to Psychology of Women Quarterly and Women’s Reproductive Health. Erchull’s impressive production of feminist scholarship on innovative topics including women’s embodied and sexual experiences, young women’s identity as feminists and their aspirations for marriage and parenting, have had a national and international impact. Erchull exemplifies the essence of an emerging leader.


Feminism & Psychology (distinguished)
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Committee of Women in Psychology, we acknowledge the leadership of the editorial team of Feminism & Psychology, an international, feminist, peer-reviewed journal for encouraging, supporting and showcasing cutting-edge and transformative feminist theory and research. Feminism & Psychology has provided a forum for critical, radical and provocative feminist scholarship that serves as an impetus for social change, and for theoretical and methodological innovations in feminist psychology. Feminism & Psychology has contributed to the transformation of psychology, has helped to clarify the dynamics of oppression and discrimination, and has stimulated new directions in the theories, methods, and practices of feminist psychology. We salute the editorial boards of Feminism & Psychology, who, since the journal’s inception, have truly been leaders for women in psychology. 

APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (distinguished)
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Committee of Women in Psychology, we acknowledge the executive committee of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology for their outstanding commitment to increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders in academia, practice and other professional settings. The mission of the APA Leadership Institute for Women and Psychology — to prepare, support and empower women psychologists to promote positive social change in a wide range of professional settings, as well as within the governance structures of the APA and in state, provincial and territorial psychological associations — has not only promoted the careers of almost two hundred individual women, but also benefited APA, strengthened the field of psychology and laid the groundwork for the contributions of future generations of women leaders. We commend the faculty of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology for their dedication, innovation and feminist approach to the promotion of women’s leadership. They are truly distinguished leaders for women in psychology.


Martha E. Banks, PhD (distinguished)
In recognition of her scholarship and service to the inequities faced by women of color and women with disabilities. As a woman of color and a woman with a disability, her work is authentic, speaking to the lived experience through her many talents, including neuropsychological research, writings and presentations. Dr. Banks' research has included developing neuropsychological assessments such as the Post-Assault Traumatic Brain Injury Interview and Checklist, and the Ackerman-Banks Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Battery. Her scholarship includes over 200 articles and speeches in which she tirelessly addresses topics involving women, trauma and healthcare. She has been a pioneer in the effective integration of feminist theory with the issues experienced by women with disabilities, and has advanced psychology's understanding of the intersection of gender, race and disability. Banks has held numerous leadership roles within APA including President of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35), Member of the APA Council of Representatives and Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and Chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology. Her many leadership roles, research and scholarship are evidence of her tireless commitment towards women's issues. Banks is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD (distinguished)
In recognition of her outstanding contributions as an exceptional scholar, committed teacher and mentor and accomplished leader, Dr. Fassinger has dedicated her career to the study and enhancement of the lives of women and sexual minorities. Her research has increased opportunities for women and LGBT individuals and decreased the degree to which bias, prejudice and discrimination have limited their potential. Fassinger's significant contributions in vocational psychology have advanced the study of women's careers in the sciences, and she and her students have provided groundbreaking knowledge about career paths of Latina, African-American, Asian-American women and women with disabilities. She has also distinguished herself by conceptualizing and editing four special issues of major journals on sexual orientation topics over ten years, creating a comprehensive body of scholarship that has had a major influence on our understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. As a strategic contributor to the Society for Counseling Psychology, President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, and founding faculty member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, Fassinger has created a legacy of inspirational leadership. Her personal characteristics of strength, intelligence, passion and humor, combined with her intellectual innovation and skills, have made her a guiding force in the lives of countless students and fortunate colleagues.

Janice D. Yoder, PhD (distinguished)
In recognition of her scholarship and service to the psychology of women and to women in psychology. Dr. Yoder has expanded the psychological understanding of the lives of women in the workplace, including their experiences of leadership, token status, discrimination, harassment and intersecting minority statuses. Calling for greater attention within psychological research to the diversity of women's experiences, intersecting dimensions of identity and oppression, and gender as a context variable, Yoder's extensive research embodies the very soul of feminist scholarship. A tireless contributor to the Society for the Psychology of Women as Chair of several committees, Secretary and President, Yoder has successfully integrated scholarship and service, culminating in her role as editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly. Although well recognized for her outstanding accomplishments as a scholar, educator and colleague, Yoder's warm, generous, supportive and encouraging spirit have also had a sustaining impact and influence on the lives of those who call her teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

Tania Israel, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her leadership and her program of research on responsive mental health services to LGBT women. Dr. Tania Israel has already evidenced significant leadership potential serving as President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17). She is a leader, advocate and scholar for LGBT communities, especially women of color. She has served as a lead coordinator for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, has published over 40 articles and chapters, and has provided over 40 scholarly presentations. Israel is a Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (Division 44). She was the recipient of a five-year career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health to advance her work as a researcher focusing on mental health services for LGBT clients. Israel has demonstrated a unique ability in an emerging scholar to achieve a variety of leadership roles, while remaining an active and innovative researcher and teacher. Israel inspires us as an emerging leader for women in psychology. 

Eileen L. Zurbriggen, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her outstanding and innovative research and her tireless advocacy for the rights and welfare of women and girls. Dr. Zurbriggen's extensive research on gender, power and sexuality is marked by its methodological sophistication, strong theoretical contributions and application to social problems. She has studied sexual aggression and abuse; dominance and submission; sexual decision-making; war, rape and the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib; media messages about relationships and sexuality; and the objectification and sexualization of women and girls. She has provided dedicated editorial and other service to feminist journals and organizations, including the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Women and the Women's Center at UCSC.  Her skillful leadership of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, and the extensive media and advocacy work that followed its impressive report, are outstanding contributions to psychology in the public interest. Zurbriggen is truly an emerging leader for women in psychology.


Guerda Nicolas, PhD (emerging)
In recognition of her outstanding commitment and service to women through her exemplary record of scholarship, community engagement, and service to the discipline, Dr. Nicolas has focused on the integration of race, culture, and well being for ethnically diverse and immigrant communities. Her research and intervention programs in the U.S. and Haiti, which address contraception and pregnancy, depression and social support/network issues, spirituality, and health disparities have far reaching implications for ethnic minority women and girls within the United States, Haiti, and the global community at large. Her multiple leadership roles within APA as former Chair of the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists, member of the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology, former Chair of the Society for the Psychology of Women's Section on Black Women, within the University of Miami as Chair of the Educational and Psychological Studies Department, and with the Haitian Studies association as its president demonstrate her effective leadership and dedication to service in psychology and the community. Dr. Nicolas truly exemplifies the character and commitment of an emerging  leader for women in psychology.

Linda Forrest, PhD (distinguished)
In recognition of her outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and mentoring, Dr. Forrest has been a leader through her ground-breaking scholarship on important issues in higher education, especially sexual harassment, careers of women faculty and coaches, feminist and multicultural pedagogy and supervision, and how to deal with professional incompetence. She is an outstanding mentor on campus and through her extensive service to APA; many students and colleagues have benefited from her advice and guidance to become leaders themselves. She is well known in APA as a collaborative and dedicated leader, especially in her roles as Chair of CWP, the Ethics Committee, the Women's Caucus of Council, as President of Division 17, and as Associate Editor of The Counseling Psychologist. In every role she undertakes she shows her effectiveness, energy, commitment, and generosity of spirit. Dr. Forrest is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Natalie Porter, PhD (distinguished)
In recognition of her outstanding contributions as a leader, scholar, teacher, mentor, and administrator committed to the study of women and psychology. Dr. Porter's pioneering work in feminist psychology was instrumental in the foundation of the Feminist Therapy Institute and Division 35. Her numerous scholarly contributions have had a significant and remarkable impact on the field of Psychology of Women. She has substantially advanced our understanding of feminist theory and practice, including feminist ethics. She co-edited the first book on feminist ethics, which continues to have a major impact within feminist psychology, as well as in related areas of mainstream practice. Her work on the topic of feminist supervision has provided a supervision model based on feminism, antiracism, and multiculturalism. Dr. Porter's work has enhanced the welfare of underrepresented subpopulations of women in psychology and society in multiple contexts. She rightly deserves this award, as Dr. Porter is a distinguished leader for women in psychology and all women.


Abigail J. Stewart, PhD (2010) distinguished
In recognition for her outstanding contributions as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and administrator committed to the study and enhancement of women's lives, Dr. Stewart's prolific scholarship is consistently marked by theoretical sophistication and innovation, and methodological rigor. The breadth of Dr. Stewart's research related to women is prodigious, often illustrating how women's career and family decisions are influenced by changes in social and historical context. She is widely lauded by students in Psychology and Women's Studies as a generous, innovative, stimulating, and demanding teacher, as well as an energetic mentor and advisor. Dr. Stewart's leadership as an administrator, especially on the ADVANCE and STRIDE programs, in addition to her understanding of the scholarly literature on women and her personal ability to engage and motivate allies from many fields has created new and effective approaches to enhancing the recruitment and retention of women faculty. Dr. Stewart is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Jacquelyn W. White, PhD (2010) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions on gender issues, Dr. White has had a remarkable impact on women's health through her exceptional scholarship in the area of aggression and violence. She has substantially advanced our understanding of violence against women and children. Dr. White conducted one of the only longitudinal studies of sexual assault and dating violence among adolescents and college students; has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in this area; has presented nationally and internationally; and was instrumental in organizing and co-chairing the APA Summit on "Violence and Abuse in Relationships Connecting Agendas and Forging New Directions." Through Dr. White's influential work and sustained professional service, she has focused widespread attention on violence against women. Her commitment to understanding violence against women and children is truly an inspiration. She is a distinguished leader, scholar, mentor, teacher, editor, and advocate for all women and children.

Bonnie Moradi, PhD (2010) emerging
In recognition of her outstanding representation of the psychology of women through scholarship, mentorship, and governance, Dr. Moradi's work reveals a passion and commitment for bettering the lives of culturally and ethnically diverse women. Her commitment to the creation and dissemination of scholarship, including the publication of over 41 articles on multicultural psychology, reflects the significant role she plays in the psychology of women past, present, and future. Her work on the intersection of "minority" identities, particularly for LGBT and women of color, in addition to her attention to deaf culture, demonstrate the diverse realities of women's lives as they strive to resist stigma and discrimination through cultural and personal strengths. Her attention to issues of quality in the measures used in feminist psychology and gender studies are innovative, relevant, and thought-provoking. With her scholarly leadership in diversity issues, her editorial contributions, and her generous mentorships, Dr. Moradi has established herself as a leader in the field.

Rosario Ceballo (2010) emerging
In recognition of her commitment to multicultural feminist psychology through research, mentorship, and clinical practice. Dr. Ceballo's attention to intersectionality, specifically the context of race, class, and gender in women's experiences of family roles, neighborhood dynamics, and interpersonal violence are noteworthy. Her contribution of groundbreaking scholarship on issues of infertility among ethnic minority women helps to fill in the body of scholarship on women who are often left in the margins. Dr. Ceballo's innovative studies provide a vehicle for the science of psychology to be applied to the improvement of impoverished women's lives by not only focusing on the challenges facing low-income women but also their incredible strength and resilience. Her integration of psychology and women's studies provide a critical bridge for the continuation of feminist psychology. Her significant impact and continuous dedication to empowering women and their families clearly demonstrates her contribution as an emerging leader. 


Carolyn Zerbe Enns, PhD (2009) distinguished
In recognition of her life-long illustrious and exceptional contributions, both nationally and internationally, to the psychology of women and feminist scholarship, leadership, pedagogy, teaching, and practice.  Dr. Enns’ pioneering and now classic “must read” publications on feminist counseling and therapy have not only defined what feminist practice is, but how it works and how clients perceive it.  Her major theoretical contributions have defined theory and tied practice to feminism in multicultural pedagogy and other disciplines.  Dr. Enns has the ability to see the interconnections between many large ideas.  As co-chair of the Task Force that drafted APA’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women, her talents as an integrative scholar were instrumental.  As a truly distinguished leader for women and as one of our great feminist psychologists, Dr. Enns has positively shaped and impacted generations of psychologists and the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Gail E. Wyatt, PhD (2009) distinguished
In recognition of her distinguished contributions to the health of women through cutting edge community-based research, scholarship, and advocacy related to HIV prevention among women.  Dr. Wyatt’s pioneering work at the intersection of culture, sexuality, and sexual health for women of color has significantly increased our understanding of the complex relationships between cultural determinants of sexual behaviors, power dynamics in sexual risk, and HIV prevention interventions.  For over 15 years, as advisor to the President of the United States and through service on federal, advocacy, and nonprofit advisory committees and boards, Dr. Wyatt has advocated for women at risk and worked to reduce health disparities.  Dr. Wyatt’s visionary and innovative translation of science to gender and culture-specific community interventions and policy has truly made her a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Dawn M. Szymanski, PhD (2009) emerging
In recognition for her outstanding contributions to the study of psychotherapy with women and the influence of various forms of oppression on mental and physical health in sexual minorities. Dr. Szymanski’s scholarship brilliantly integrates both qualitative and quantitative methods to deepen our understanding of oppression, sexism, heterosexism, privilege, and feminist psychology. Already a pioneer, she is a scientist-practitioner who has published over 35 articles in the last eight years. Her work is rooted in the feminist notion that “the personal is political.” Dr. Szymanski’s contributions at the intersection of external sources of oppression, gender, and sexual orientation have significantly increased our understanding of the complex dynamics that influence optimal health in marginalized populations. As an active scholar, she has also served in various roles to advance the stature of psychology as a profession. Dr. Szymanski, an ambassador for psychology as a service and a science, is truly an emerging leader for women in psychology.

The Society for the Psychology of Women (2009) distinguished service
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women, the Committee on Women in Psychology hereby recognizes the Division for service to women, to psychology, and to the American Psychological Association.

Over the last 35 years, the Society for the Psychology of Women has worked diligently to achieve and maintain equity for women in psychology, to provide a steadfast voice on behalf of women psychologists and students as well as women outside the profession whose lives are influenced by psychological practice and science.  The Society consistently exemplifies the importance of advocating on behalf of all women—including women of color, older women, early-career women, lesbian and bisexual women, transgender women, international women, and women with disabilities.
An incubator for fresh and innovative ideas, the Society leads by example--blazing trails, breaking barriers, and working to improve women’s lives. The Society will continue to be a catalyst for women’s rights and a more inclusive psychology.  Happy 35th Anniversary to Division 35!


Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD (2008) distinguished
In recognition of her visionary leadership and sustained contribution to the psychology of women in all their diversities. Dr. Daniel’s scholarship on the media, diversity, trauma, and professional development has aided tremendously our understanding of the needs of marginalized women.  Her service extends beyond the academy to the community and her practice reflects the highest standards of care.  Dr. Daniel’s is an outstanding educator and trainer and a sought after consultant to countless schools and programs, especially those addressing the needs of women and children of color. She continues provide opportunities for early career psychologists to become active in service, education, and scholarship. Through her influential work and sustained professional service, Dr. Daniel’s is the epitome of the contemporary change agent.  Her initiatives led to the state-wide licensing requirement that psychologists in Massachusetts demonstrate cultural competency.   Dr. Daniels’ is a distinguished leader, clinician, scholar, mentor, teacher, and key player within the organizational structure of APA and the profession. Her commitment to psychology, psychologists and the public we serve is truly an inspiration to all.

Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD (2008) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to women’s health and mental health research, practice, and policy, Dr. Mazure has had a remarkable impact on women’s health through her ground-breaking research on gender differences contributing to depression and addiction; her ability to design and promote innovative models of transdisciplinary research in women’s health that bridge biomedical and psychological sciences; by actively translating research to clinical practice and policy; and through highly effective collaborative partnerships with underserved communities. Her highly influential research and publications, as well as her congressional testimonies and presentations have resulted in vital changes in federal policy and funding for women’s health research. Dr. Mazure’s early and sustained contributions as scholar, practitioner, and advocate have truly improved the status of women. She is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Cheryl E. Gore-Felton, PhD (2008) emerging
In recognition of her innovative research on quality of life, coping, trauma, and HIV prevention focusing on women, particularly African American women. Dr. Gore-Felton has a substantial record of publishing in top-tier journals in health and clinical psychology. She is a scientist who combines a sophisticated grasp of theory with skills to apply her work in the development of culturally relevant interventions, in the service of improving the lives of women. A dedicated mentor, teacher, and clinical supervisor to the next generation of female scholars, Dr. Gore-Felton has excelled also in her service and advocacy endeavors, working nationally and internationally in the area of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gore-Felton is an imaginative and productive scientist, a collaborative and stimulating colleague, and an assertive and respected voice for women in psychology in the broader field of academic scholarship. Dr. Gore-Felton inspires us an emerging leader for women in psychology.


Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD (2007) emerging
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to advocacy, the provision of services, and scholarship addressing sexual violence against women, particularly ethnic minority women.   Selected as one of the first and the youngest member of APA's United Nations Team, Dr. Bryant-Davis has been a highly effective educator and influential advocate addressing issues facing women and ethnic minorities.  She has served as a rape crisis counselor and community educator and created programs on college campuses to eradicate sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating violence.  Her scholarship has advanced the literature on sexual assault recovery for women, feminist analyses of media depictions of African American women, and the role of progressive African American men in combating sexual assault.   Dr. Bryant-Davis truly exemplifies an emerging leader for women in psychology.

Cynthia A. Gomez, PhD (2007) distinguished
In recognition of her distinguished contributions to the health of women through cutting edge community-based research, scholarship, and advocacy related to HIV prevention among women.  Her pioneering work at the intersection of culture, sexuality, and sexual health for women of color has significantly increased our understanding of the complex relationships between cultural determinants in sexual behaviors, power dynamics in sexual risk, and HIV prevention interventions.   For over 15 years, as advisor to the President of the United States and through service on federal, advocacy, and nonprofit advisory committees and boards, she has advocated for women at risk and worked to reduce health disparities.  Her visionary and innovative translation of science to gender and culture-specific community interventions and policy has truly made her a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Jeanne Marecek, PhD (2007) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to psychology through her scholarship, leadership, service, and mentoring. Dr. Marecek has inspired and shaped the study of women by introducing new theoretical frameworks, moving the field beyond sex-difference studies, and paving the way for the consideration of intersectionality.  Her groundbreaking work on postmodern and constructionist theories of gender has influenced the study of women worldwide, and her innovative qualitative approaches have broadened the field’s research methods repertoire.  Her advocacy ensures appropriate information and services are provided to women, no matter their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nationality, or sexuality.  She is a generous collaborator and mentor, providing career support and opportunities to students and colleagues.  Dr. Maracek is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.


Asuncion Austria, PhD (2006) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to education and training and to the delivery of psychological services to women through her teaching, writing, administrative leadership, mentoring, and guidance for their professional careers.   She has been a mentor and a role model for students and professionals in many capacities. Her dedication and compassion reflect the best and deepest values not only of psychology but of humankind.   Within APA governance she has championed the voice and worked to raise the visibility and participation of women and ethnic minority psychologists.  Dr. Austria is a gracious bridge builder who listens to and is respectful of alternative views. She is an advocate of quality mental health care for all. She is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Mary M. Brabeck, PhD (2006) distinguished
In recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to psychology through her research, leadership, mentoring, and advocacy.  Dr. Brabeck’s research on moral development and feminist ethics has set a standard for the field and powerfully influenced professional practice.  As a leader of large educational institutions she has strategically and successfully pursued an agenda of diversity by actively recruiting women and ethnic minority students and faculty of all ranks, encouraging each individual to succeed and thrive, and by doing so she has transformed those institutions.  Dr. Brabeck stands out not only for her service to psychology, but also for her strong public service to schools, teachers, and education broadly. Dr. Brabeck is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.  

Joan C. Chrisler, PhD (2006) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to psychology through her scholarship, teaching, leadership, and mentoring. Dr. Chrisler’s research on menstruation and women’s embodied experiences has furthered our understanding of women's issues and represents an important and sustained contribution to the field of women’s health. She has helped create a space for feminist psychology within the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies, strongly influencing the pedagogy of the field.   Her activism on behalf of women has raised the visibility of important social issues and has resulted in tangible improvements for women in academia.  In her long service in numerous positions of leadership within psychology, she has championed women’s issues and women’s leadership. Dr. Chrisler is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.


Lydia P. Buki, PhD (2005) emerging
In recognition for her outstanding contributions to the study and promotion of Latina Women’s Breast Cancer Prevention. Dr. Buki truly embodies the scientist/practitioner model through her research, publications, teaching, mentoring and community service, and has added significantly to the understanding of minority women’s health needs. Dr. Buki has actively represented the interests of minority women to major governmental agencies and foundations. Her dedication to the “generating and advancing psychological knowledge and fostering its effective application in policy and practice for the benefit of” minority women exemplifies her as an emerging leader for women in psychology.  

Christine Courtois, PhD (2005) distinguished
In recognition of her profound and continuing role in understanding the impact of incest and other forms of sexual abuse, and in treating those who have suffered as a result.  Dr. Courtois has been a pioneer in theory and research and has integrated them masterfully in her recommendations for practice.  Her work has had a tremendous impact on the understanding and treatment of trauma nationally and internationally that reaches far beyond psychology. Dr. Courtois is a consummate scholar and eternal student, with a dedication to implementing the knowledge we have gained from our research in ways that benefit those who need it most.

Ethel Tobach, PhD (2005) distinguished
In recognition of her key role as one of the foremothers of feminist psychology and her distinguished career as an animal behavior researcher, teacher, mentor of early career women, and leader in the American Psychological Association.  An early and consistent critic of social Darwinism, sexism, and research that makes facile connections between genes and gender, she contributed greatly to the feminist critique of psychological science.  Her writing spans a dazzling array of topics, including animal social behavior, racism, sexism, militarism, violence against women, and peace.  In her encouragement of other women scientists, she has embodied the principle, “we lift as we climb.”  Dr. Ethel Tobach is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.


Ellyn Kaschak, PhD (2004) distinguished
In recognition for her innovations in feminist theory and practice and her distinguished career as a teacher, mentor, feminist clinician, and activist. Bridging feminism in the United States and abroad, Dr. Kaschak has made substantial contributions to understanding and improving all women’s lives, with writings in feminist epistemology and the deconstruction of patriarchal social structures. Her incisive analysis of contextual variables has considerably increased our understanding of the role of gender, ethnicity, and class in the development and resolution of problems. As feminist therapeutic and training institutes, author of numerous publications, international consultant, social justice activist, and mentor and role model to many psychologists and graduate students, Dr. Kaschak is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Lisa Diamond, PhD (2004) emerging
In recognition for her innovative research on sexual minorities, adolescents, emotion regulation, and social and personality development and of her award-winning teaching. Having already published papers with substantial impact in highly regarded journals in developmental and social and personality psychology, Dr. Diamond embodies the scientist/scholar, applying her empirical findings to develop and advance innovative feminist theory. Holding a joint psychology and gender studies appointment, she is seen by many as a brilliant maverick, “smuggling in feminist theory where it is least expected”. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Diamond is already inspiring new generations of students, in both psychology and gender studies. A visionary scientist, brilliant speaker, and superb teacher, Dr. Diamond inspires us as an emerging leader for women in psychology.

Lisa Najavits, PhD (2004) emerging
In recognition for her outstanding contributions to the study of women’s health and the development of effective and compassionate treatment of women with mental health and substance dependence. “Seeking Safety,” a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed by Dr. Najavits for women with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance dependence, is informed by extensive research and scholarship, has been positively evaluated by seven empirical outcome studies, and has been adopted or incorporated in numerous agencies’ programs. “Seeking Safety” is among the first empirical based treatments for populations of marginalized women often seen as especially difficult to treat, such as women who are incarcerated, low-income, minority, psychiatric inpatients, or adolescent. Dr. Najavits, an ambassador for psychology as a service and a science, is truly an emerging leader for women in psychology.


Beverly Greene, PhD (2003) distinguished
In recognition of Dr. Greene’s profound and far-reaching contributions to psychological theory and practice relation to women, giving voice to the invisible and unheard, especially women of color and lesbians. A person of immense personal courage, Dr. Greene has taken sizable professional risks to confront entrenched, oversimplified perceptions of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. By means of insightful research and scholarship, clear and cogent writing, inspiring teaching, strong leadership, persuasive and powerful speaking, and supportive mentoring, she has challenged scholars and practitioners to recognize and appreciate the multilayered and interactive aspects of women’s lives. She has served in myriad leadership roles within the APA as well as within other associations. A truly distinguished leader for women in psychology, she has “lifted as she climbed,” serving students, colleagues, and the field as a remarkable educator, mentor and writer.

Mary Koss, PhD (2003) distinguished
In recognition of her pioneering contribution to our understanding of violence against women. Dr. Koss’s innovative conceptualization of the nature, scope, and consequences of sexual violence has challenged federal data-gathering techniques on women’s victimization, which has led to improved measurement of violence against women and been instrumental in changing and improving how the National Crime Victimization Survey is conducted. She has documented the link between women’s experience of victimization and negative health outcomes and been influential in the dissemination of knowledge concerning this consequence of violence. Her innovative work on the responses of the criminal justice system to sexual assault has contributed to reconceptualizing accountability as a victim-driven process that includes attention to rehabilitation of violent men. Dr. Koss is truly an outstanding leader in the psychology of women.

Vickie Mays, PhD (2003) distinguished
In recognition of her innovative, ground-breaking research on HIV/AIDS in the Black community and for her focus on Black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals when very few recognized the importance of addressing these populations. Her research identified how women make decisions about intimate relationships and the importance of informal social supports in women’s lives. By showing how these decisions affect women’s vulnerability to HIV, Dr. Mays has powerfully influenced the treatment of substance abusing women and helped focus attention to ethical concerns regarding research with marginalized populations. Dr. Mays has vigorously promoted the welfare of all women, especially women of color, lesbians, bisexuals, and international women, has tirelessly advocated with policymakers for sound scientific policies on behalf of women, and is a supportive mentor who promotes and advances early career investigators. As a visionary researcher, strong advocate, and influential teacher and mentor, Dr. Mays is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.


Arnold S. Kahn, PhD (2002) distinguished
In recognition of Dr. Kahn’s extraordinary history of outstanding and sustained contributions to research on gender, his mentoring of feminist scholars, and his advocacy for feminist psychology. His unwavering commitment is reflected not only in his research, but also in his innovative teaching of psychology of women and service at the local and national levels, and in the large number of feminists he has mentored.

His scholarship advances a psychology that is more inclusive. As a teacher and mentor Dr. Kahn encourages students to weave scholarship on women and their personal stories together in a way that brings coherence to the scientific and the personal. Dr. Kahn is a powerful exemplar that men can be feminists and that advocacy is a hallmark of feminist activity. He is truly a distinguished feminist psychologist and leader for women in psychology.

Rebecca Campbell, PhD (2002) emerging
In recognition of her innovative and compelling research on community responses to rape and her contributions to feminist psychology. Through a creative and sophisticated combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Campbell has used her superb analytical skills to extend research about rape to multiple levels of social organization – the individual victim, the professional, the rape crisis center, and the local community. By placing events in a larger context and attending to ethnic and racial diversity, Dr. Campbell has challenged traditional pathologizing conceptualizations of abused women and advance theory as well as practice. Her ingenious integration of work from diverse fields of study on the emotions of doing research promises to profoundly affect the broader discourse on research methods in psychology. Already a leading contributor, Dr. Campbell is truly one of the outstanding feminist psychologists of her generation.

Deborah L. Tolman, PhD (2002) emerging
In recognition of her far reaching contributions to understanding the dilemmas of sexuality for teenage girls across difference of race, ethnicity, social class, and geography. Dr. Tolman’s scholarship brilliantly braids qualitative and quantitative methods to depict teenage girls’ lives and to give “voices” to marginalized adolescents. Already a pioneer, considered foundational to the field of adolescent female sexuality, she has garnered millions of dollars in funding for feminist research. Dr. Tolman is an eloquent and accessible writer and a compelling speaker who has become an advocate for the importance of gender in the world of sex research, and sexuality in the world of gender. Beyond her groundbreaking research, Dr. Tolman embodies the vigorously committed feminist in her devotion to the training of undergraduate and graduate students and to community, public, and professional service. Her accomplishments in the last ten years are, quite simply, amazing.


Kay Deaux, PhD (2001) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding and enduring contributions in scholarship, leadership, and mentorship. Dr. Deaux's pioneering scholarship on women and gender combines elegant and rigorous research design with insightful analysis of women's life experiences. Her work has fundamentally shaped the study of gender in all its complexities, and indeed all of social psychology. Her pioneering work on sex roles and sex and gender differences; attribution processes; attitude change; gender stereotypes and prejudice; and social identity includes numerous classic books and articles. Dr. Deaux was among the first to direct psychology's attention to the problems of blue-collar women, reflecting her tireless commitment to bettering women's lives. Dr. Deaux's leadership in psychological organizations has been extensive and significant. Her outstanding mentorship has contributed to the development of new generations of women scholars and leaders. Dr. Deaux is a distinguished scholar, researcher, leader, teacher, and mentor, for women within psychology and for all of psychology.

Susan K. Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD (2001) distinguished
In recognition of her sustained and extraordinary scientific contributions to the understanding of gender issues in mental health. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema has worked tirelessly to understand the etiology of gender differences in depression, particularly women's increased vulnerability. Renowned in the field, she has developed a brilliant theoretical framework relating higher rates of depression in women to differences in men's and women's coping styles. A distinguished and respected scholar, Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema numbers among the few who have successfully translated laboratory research into field trials with women. Her extraordinary contributions have improved the quality of women's lives, and through her training grants, she has drawn many young women into the discipline. Her inspiring teaching and outstanding mentorship have helped develop their careers. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema is a distinguished scholar, researcher, teacher, and mentor of women in psychology.

Helen Coons, PhD (2001) emerging
In recognition of her far reaching contributions to women's health as a scientist, practitioner, and educator. A leader and liaison for many APA groups, Dr. Coons has dramatically raised the visibility of women's issues and successfully promoted the advancement of women into leadership. This includes her dynamic contribution in the beginning stages of her career as Chair of the Committee on Women and Health of APA's Division of Health Psychology. Early on Dr. Coons recognized the disconnects among research, clinical practice, and medical education that impeded women's access to appropriate medical care. Drawing unfamiliar partners in psychology and medicine together, she developed innovative clinical interventions and collaborative, research-based programs addressing the needs of women with chronic illness, women with histories of abuse, and women living in poverty. A bright star in the emerging APA galaxy, Dr. Coons demonstrates a staunch commitment to women's health, to research-based health care, and to building the professional collaborations that make this possible.


Irene H. Frieze, PhD (2000) distinguished
In recognition of over thirty years of research, teaching, scholarly writing, and social activism utilizing psychology to advance women’s lives. Dr. Frieze’s important and seminal research and scholarship has applied psychology and feminist theory to various areas of women’s lives, including issues of violence and victimization, love and intimacy, and the role of gender in career motivation and achievement. She is recognized internationally as well as nationally for her research on women and gender issues, and was instrumental in synthesizing APA’s Nonsexist Research Guidelines. Dr. Frieze has established and strongly advocated for Women’s Studies Programs and for the infusion of scholarship on women’s issues into the academic curriculum, and she has served as a mentor and advisor to a generation of women psychologists. Dr. Frieze is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and leader of women in psychology.

Janet T. Spence, PhD (2000) distinguished
In recognition of her unparalleled contributions to psychological science, teaching, and advocacy. Dr. Spence is among a very few largely responsible for launching an entire field within psychology. From the 1970’s forward, her insightful and innovative theoretical work advanced the new field of sex roles and gender. Her impeccable research and methodology firmly established the integrity and credibility of this new field. Her work has also powerfully influenced scholarship in such areas as development, achievement motivation, and measurement. Her unflagging commitment to mentoring has been instrumental in developing later generations of productive researchers. An exceptional leader, Dr. Spence has served as President of both APA and the American Psychological Society as well as in leadership positions in countless other groups, and her efforts to increase the representation of women as leaders, are a source of inspiration to all and a reminder that “impossible things can be possible.”

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD (2000) distinguished
In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to psychology in service, leadership, and scholarship. A person of fierce energy, Dr. Vasquez has committed her professional life and personal drive to raising the visibility and participation of women and ethnic minorities within psychology, to developing feminist and culturally competent services for women and minorities, to advancing scholarship and ethics, and to the elimination of racism and sexism. She has served as a mentor, teacher, administrator, researcher, clinician, consultant, advocate and colleague to many in the field, shaping a generation of women and ethnic minority psychologists . Dr. Vasquez was a pioneer in the field of Hispanic research and in Hispanic mental health has been recognized as an influential role model and leader for women and all people of color. Her long-standing service to APA and her influence may be felt at all levels of governance and leadership in psychology. Dr. Vasquez is truly an outstanding and distinguished leader for women in psychology.


Rachel Hare-Mustin, PhD (1999) distinguished
Honored as a distinguished foremother of feminist psychology. Her research and development of theory over the last thirty years has produced many classics in psychology and has helped define and form what is today a vibrant feminist scholarship. We honor her outstanding leadership over a lifelong career that has integrated critical original research, important new feminist theory and critique, innovations in psychotherapeutic practice, and social action on issues of vital importance for women clients, students, and psychologists. In recognition of her courageous advocacy, enduring commitment to justice and fairness, dogged persistence, and extraordinary effectiveness, we honor her today as a great and distinguished leader in psychology.

Reiko Homma True, PhD (1999) distinguished
In recognition of her extraordinary contributions, leadership, and profound impact on the lives of women and diverse groups. She has been a trailblazer and a role model for women as an administrator, advocate, community leader, teacher, clinician, and colleague. For more than 25 years, her enthusiasm toward, and commitment to, promoting mental health of women and people of color has resulted in profound improvements in the development of psychology. In addition to being a pioneer and a founder of Asian-American psychology, Dr. True was one of the early feminist advocates among Asian-Americans and helped to create many Asian-American women’s support groups. In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of numerous mental health organizations in San Francisco and nationally, resulting in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services. She is unsurpassed in her efforts to provide mental health services to the community, and is recognized internationally as a leader in psychology. Dr. True is truly an outstanding and distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Jeannette R. Ickovics, PhD (1999) emerging
In recognition of her unsurpassed accomplishments and contributions to research, interventions, and public policy on women’s health – both overall and specifically addressing HIV/AIDS among women. Her work not only has established the framework necessary to advance future research on women’s health but also is an exemplar of the methodological and multidisciplinary approaches needed to build our knowledge base on women’s health and train future investigators. Her continued commitment to using the results of research to improve public policy regarding the prevention and treatment of women’s health problems is a model for all.


Carol Gilligan, PhD (1998) distinguished
In recognition of her extraordinary contributions as a developmental psychologist to advancing our understanding of the influence of gender on moral reasoning and behavior.  Her courageous theoretical vision and her sage scholarly writings have contributed to a more positive understanding of young adolescent girls' developmental struggles as they move to womanhood and have turned what were previously considered women's weaknesses into strengths to be admired and in today's complex society.  Her work is at the center of many public debates that reaches far beyond the academy and speaks to the broad international impact of her ideas. Truly, she is a distinguished leader for women in psychology.

Norine G. Johnson, PhD (1998) distinguished
In recognition of her leadership and service to women in psychology. She has been an active contributor to the field of psychology, at both state and national levels, on issues that are vitally important to girls and women. She has served in leadership roles in numerous psychology organizations and committees, and as a result, has had a significant impact on the status of women in psychology. Her leadership, energy, enthusiasm, and service make her an excellent role model for women.

Cheryl B. Travis, PhD (1998) distinguished
For the excellence and breadth of her scholarship and leadership activities that have benefited women. Her research has significantly impacted women’s health, both nationally and internationally. Her research has addressed multiple areas of concern to women, has affected public policy, and has reduced discriminatory practices in medical decision-making. Her active, effective, and multifaceted leadership within the APA is equally deserving of recognition. Underlying all these wide-ranging efforts has been a continuous focus on advancing the status of women, thus embodying the finest ideals of feminism.

Delores L. Parron, PhD (1998) distinguished

Margaret Heldring, PhD (1998) emerging
In grateful recognition for her outstanding leadership in bringing national attention to primary healthcare for women. She succeeded in broadening the public discourse on healthcare to include women by effectively linking women’s issues in psychology with primary care medicine. Using a highly collaborative approach, she has fashioned an inspiring and impressive record of building grassroots, professional and political coalitions and of shaping the development of public policy and historically significant legislation on behalf of women’s health.

Susan L. Morrow, PhD (1998) emerging
In recognition of her extraordinary influence in research, practice, education, and advocacy for women, people of color, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Her work using qualitative methods in understanding the experiences of women and others who face societal oppression serves as a model for students and colleagues alike. As an educator, mentor, and role model, her commitment to feminist awareness, diversity, and inclusion exemplifies the best traditions in feminist leadership. She is a creative thinker, prolific scientist, and courageous advocate whose innovative work, collaborative methods, and remarkable productivity will inspire psychologists for years to come.


Dorothy Cantor, PsyD (1997) distinguished
In recognition of her role as a model of feminist leadership in organized psychology and as an initiator, author, mentor, and problem solver.  She has used her understanding of women in power to increase numbers of women in leadership positions within psychology, state and national government, and to enable women in all sectors to break through the glass ceiling.  As president of APA she modeled feminist leadership through her collaborative and inclusive style.  She played a pivotal role in bringing together presidents of all the major health professions to address the critical issues facing mental health professions, which led to the development of a Mental Health Bill of Rights.  With charm, grace and modesty, she has provided a stellar example of effective leadership whose benefits will have a lasting impact.

Faye Crosby, PhD (1997) distinguished

Christine Hall, PhD (1997) distinguished
In recognition of her insightful and extraordinary efforts to help prepare psychology for its responsibilities and obligations in our diverse society.  Her creative leadership, scholarship, and advocacy in directing psychology’s attention towards the intersection of gender, multiculturalism, and other issues of diversity and her pioneer research on multiracial identity are significant and noteworthy.  She has been an admirable leader, role model, and mentor for women and people of color in the field of psychology and in the wider community.


Alice Chang, PhD (1996) distinguished
With unpairing commitment she served as an advocate and initiator of public policy and service delivery changes. Her diverse contributions are exemplified by her service in establishing a clinic, and subsequently training placements, to serve indigent women, migrant workers, and American Indian populations. Her work in professional organizations has emphasized public service – whether working on passage of a model licensure law, founding a non profit organization that provides student awareness for articles on psychological issues, or serving on numerous board and committees of the American Psychological Association (APA). Yet, the full measure of her contributions is seen through the often-mentioned recognition that she is an exceptional role model.

Pamela Reid, PhD (1996) distinguished
In recognition of her strong leadership and mentoring of women in psychology. Her focus on the impact of race and class on women’s lives has enlightened and inspired writings that have had an enormous influence on the field. As a scholar and as an advocate, she is a model for all. Her tireless efforts toward making the field of psychology a better place for women of color have served to enhance psychology as a discipline and as a profession.


Association for Women in Psychology and its founders (1995) distinguished


Alice Eagly, PhD (1994) distinguished
In recognition of her pioneering contributions to the understanding of gender. Her meta-analyses of sex differences, social role theory of sex-differentiated behavior and research on gender attitudes and sex stereotypes have transformed the face of social psychology. She has vigorously addressed the complex political and social issues that surround the kinds of questions researchers ask about sex differences, the interpretation of research findings, and the use of research by social commentators. As scientist, social critic, and role model, she has inspired a generation of women to become accomplished researchers, teachers, and thinkers in psychology.

Barbara Gutek, PhD (1994) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to our understanding of women at work. Her research has spanned such important areas as sexual behavior and harassment, the influences of computer technology on the work setting, gender roles, and occupational sex segregation. Her innovative research has had an inestimable impact on the status of women by paving the way for additional research on the experiences of women at work and policy related to women’s work understanding sexual harassment. Along with contributing to the knowledge base, she also has served selflessly as a leader on women’s issues in various professional organizations.   


Annette Brodsky, PhD (1993) distinguished
In recognition of her leadership and activism in clinical practice on behalf of women. She transformed psychotherapy with her model of training psychologists about gender bias in the psychotherapy relationship.  Her pioneering work on sexual misconduct in psychotherapy significantly influenced the profession and the mainstream.  Her powerful voice has brought feminist psychology to clinical practice and academic settings, advocating for rights of clients, mentoring students and colleagues, and influencing the stature of women in psychology.

Ellen Kimmel, PhD (1993) distinguished

Maria Root, PhD (1993) emerging
For her outstanding research, writing, and overall contribution to the public policy discourse on the topic of race, with particular emphasis on racially mixed people, relationships, and identities. As the U.S. population changes to become more racially diverse, complex, and multidimensional, Maria Root’s work is of great significance because of the manner in which it informs how psychology as a discipline can most accurately respond to those changes. Root’s work challenges dominant cultural notions about who is “really” a racial group member by consistently and effectively pointing out the artificiality of racial groupings in a society where almost everyone has some cultural mixture in their heritage. Her work has had a direct impact on public policy. Root’s books have become required reading for the U.S. Census Bureau as it struggles to determine how to inquire into racial identity classifications for the year 2000 census. This is a public policy effect that has profound and far-reaching implications because the U.S. Census Bureau’s racial designations are used in so many ways. Simply having the effect of leading this powerful government agency to consider the reality of racially mixed people is an enormous effect for one psychologist and her work to have. Root’s work has had an important impact on undermining the false differences fostered by racial labeling and encouraging a less racially based, more individually and culturally sensitive view of human identity. Although Root is still at a relatively early stage in her career, she has had a large and far-reaching impact nationally and internationally. She exemplifies psychological contributions to public interest and the welfare of all through her writing, speaking, teaching, and consultation work.


Marilyn Safir, PhD (1992) distinguished

Bonnie Strickland, PhD (1992) distinguished
In recognition of her unparalleled contributions to women in psychology.  Her scholarship, advocacy, and leadership have enhanced the status of women in a wide variety of ways. As one of the most skilled presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA), she has consistently fostered the development of women.  She has developed a successful model of power based on the value of people, on connection and inclusion; which has greatly benefited all women.  Her vision, courage, and direction have promoted and forwarded the cause of women in psychology.

Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD (1992) distinguished
With deep appreciation of her leadership for women in psychology and in life. Her boundless energy, pioneering spirit, and extraordinary talent created the field of feminist forensic practice. Her scholarship, professional leadership and advocacy for battered women and children provided a blueprint for reform that has forever changed the personal, social, and legal world of domestic violence.

Through theory, research, practice, and activism; through force of character, willingness to take risks and celebrating mentorship, she inspires us. Her contributions have made a real difference in the lives of many. She is truly a feminist heroine.


Hortensia Amaro, PhD (1991) emerging
In recognition of her outstanding feminist cross-cultural scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy on health issues for minority women. Her insightful writings and innovative research on women and substance abuse, AIDS, and mental health paved the way for model community-based prevention programs. We salute her outspoken championship of Latina health and her courage in addressing the public health needs of underrepresented women.

Bernice Lott, PhD (1991) distinguished
For over two decades as a leader, administrator, teacher, scholar, mentor, activist, sister, and friend, she has pursued a vision of a feminist psychology and society free from socially constructed barriers, and has invited all who wished to join her. Through her research and scholarship she has taught us there is no best gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation; through example, she has taught us to embrace and value diversity.

Rhoda Kesler Unger, PhD (1991) distinguished
For her outstanding achievements in the advancement of psychology in the public interest, most notably as author of influential books and theoretical articles on the psychology of women and gender, in leadership roles in APA's social justice divisions, as founding editor of the electronic journal ASAP (Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy), and as mentor to legions of students and junior colleagues who later made their own contributions in the public interest. Her incisive analyses of social problems have had a transformative effect on social psychology and laid the foundations for the emerging field of feminist psychology.


Laura Brown, PhD (1990) emerging
The CWP of APA recognizes Laura S. Brown as a Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology. In grateful recognition of her energy to empower lesbians, other underserved populations, and all women through writing, speaking, teaching, and mentoring. She has advanced feminist theory and the psychology of women through her insightful feminist analyses, sage supervision, formidable forensic expertise, and impressive clinical skills. An outstanding advocate of ethical responsibility and multicultural perspective, she is superb role model, mentor, and mensch.

Virginia O'Leary, PhD (1990) distinguished

Judith Worell, PhD (1990) distinguished
In recognition of His Voluntary Contributions, His Generosity of Time, the Sharing of His Caring Spirit [and] His Personal Resources. Outstanding work and tireless commitment to enhancing the status of women, in society and as professionals, and a long-standing promotion, support and contributions to feminist scholarship.


Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD (1989) emerging
For her effective promotion of culturally relevant psychological services, her groundbreaking research, and her lucid, persuasive publications, which have profoundly advanced psychology in the public interest. Lillian Comas-Díaz’s career exemplifies dedication to meeting client and community needs and the effective application of psychological services and science to the advancement of human justice. Comas-Díaz has made substantial theoretical contributions while remaining actively engaged in the real politics of both organized psychology and international human rights advocacy. Her work has advanced the profession’s ability to work effectively and appropriately with ethnic minority populations. She has improved the lives of countless individuals through her advocacy, community activism, and clinical practice.

Nancy Henley, PhD (1989) distinguished

Phyllis Katz, PhD (1989) distinguished
In recognition of her longstanding commitment to promote a psychology of human diversity and equity in research, practice, and policy, and her work towards shaping a society free of prejudice, poverty and violence. Her leadership as founder and editor of the first journal devoted to issues of sex and gender in psychology, her classic scholarship on racism, and ongoing advocacy for the rights of women, minorities and children have been invaluable contributions in the fight against sexism and racism.


Helen Astin, PhD (1988) distinguished
For her pioneering efforts towards furthering the status of women in psychology as a leader and founder of numerous organizations for women in psychology. A prolific writer, her publications, such as the landmark, The Women Doctorate in America, have been enormously influential in securing a place for women and their research in the field of psychology and other disciplines. As a teacher, researcher and administrator, she has been a willing and outstanding role model and mentor for a generation of women in psychology.

Ursula Delworth, PhD (1988) distinguished

Michele Paludi, PhD (1988) emerging
For her impressive scholarship, innovative contributions to curriculum development and adept editorial consultation in the areas of women's career development and sexual harassment.  Gifted teacher and dedicated mentor, she is esteemed by both students and colleagues for her academic versatility, professional service and able leadership of collaborative research and publication efforts.


Hannah Lerman, PhD (1987) distinguished
With admiration for her pioneering work on women and psychotherapy, she is a vigorous advocate for the rights of women patients and an important intellectual mentor for feminist therapists.  Courageous, innovative, and tireless, she has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of women's issues in clinical psychology.

Martha T. Mednick, PhD (1987) distinguished
With gratitude for her generosity of spirit that that has launched new careers and promoted international understanding. As teacher and mentor, she has nourished the scientific and professional development of young psychologists, especially among black women. As scientist and administrator, she has fostered development of an international network of feminist scholars to transcend cultural boundaries in women’s studies.

Barbara Strudler Wallston, PhD (1987) distinguished, posthumous


Anke Ehrhardt, PhD (1986) distinguished
In recognition of her outstanding scholarship related to gender identity, human sex differences, and psychosexual development.  Focused on psychoendocrinology, her research has shed new light for many disciplines on the interaction of biological and social factors in human development.  A prolific investigator, a brilliant teacher, and a superb mentor, she reflects scientific excellence for all women and men to emulate.

Kathleen Grady, PhD (1986) emerging

Nancy Felipe Russo, PhD (1986) distinguished
For her innovative and influential scholarship that has generated new understandings of women's lives and circumstances, her leadership in promoting women's mental health research and education, and her unique ability to translate research findings into effective public policy instruments. Russo's contributions to research and theory in women's mental health have led to increased understanding of the complexities and importance of the roles of gender and ethnicity in the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Her leadership made possible the Women's Mental Health Agenda, which has served as the model and rationale for numerous subsequent projects, including the Women's Mental Health Research Agenda of the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Women's Health Initiative. She has played a key role in developing research on abortion and the sequel of unwanted childbearing and translating its results to inform public policy. Her sustained and inspirational efforts to generate and apply scientific knowledge on behalf of women and minorities exemplify the highest aspirations of psychology as a means of promoting human welfare.


Florence Denmark, PhD (1985) distinguished

Lorraine Eyde, PhD (1985) distinguished
With gratitude for her pioneering work toward equity and full participation for women in psychology and in the American work force.  Her research writing, public testimony, and consultation on part-time careers and public service employment has been crucial to achieving new opportunities for women and minorities – especially in police work, firefighting, and the military.  Her expertise has been important to APA’s work on psychological testing, and she was one of the groundbreaking cadre of leaders who formulated the APA programs on women’s concerns.

Carolyn Payton, EdD (1985) distinguished
In recognition of her extraordinary influence on cross-cultural understanding in her work settings, in APA and internationally. She is an outstanding, teacher, role model, and mentor for m\women and ethnic minorities. She has provided leadership on ethical and consumer issues in psychology and in eliminating sex bias in psychotherapeutic practice. She has fostered respect and forged working partnerships among persons with diverse cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic resources, and political beliefs. Her commitment to equality and justice for all oppressed peoples has made a precious difference in all our lives.