WPO congratulates the recipients of the 2010 APA award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

“Norman Abeles has spent much of his professional and scientific career working in the public interest, particularly in the area of aging. A true visionary, he was instrumental in the formation of the APA Office on Aging and the APA Committee on Aging. While he was APA president in 1997, the brochure ‘What the Practitioner Should Know About Working With Older Adults’ was prepared. Several thousand of these have been distributed, and the content was published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Also during his presidency and with his guidance, APA’s Council of Representatives approved Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Decline.”

“Perry N. Halkitis is an exemplary public health scholar whose work is grounded in the community he studies and serves. He has distinguished himself as a teacher and a researcher of critical social issues including HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. Halkitis is driven by his commitment to using psychological science to enhance human dignity and make the world more just. His community work has positively affected the lives of tens of thousands of people, and his scholarship is helping millions. His research, scholarship, outreach, and advocacy are united in one goal: to serve the needs of the public.”

Dr. Halkitis received the early career award for APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.