Call for Society for Health Psychology Award Nominations

Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology. The Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38) gives four awards each year for outstanding contributions to the field. One goes to a “senior” researcher member (i.e., someone who received her or his terminal degree > 10 years ago); one goes to an “early career” researcher member (i.e., someone who earned his/her terminal degree within the past 10 years); one goes to a clinical service provider member; and one goes to a health psychology educator/trainer.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by a Senior Professional Award, please send a 1-2 page letter describing the individual’s work and why that person is worthy of recognition, as well as a copy of the individual’s CV.

For the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional Award, please send a 1-2 page letter describing the individual’s work and why that person is worthy of recognition, a copy of the individual’s CV, and a few (2-3) key publications.

The Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology is intended to recognize outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology by a full-time provider of direct clinical services. Nominees should typically spend a minimum of twenty hours weekly in direct, face-to-face patient care, in assessment or therapy, in individual or group settings. Additional time may be spent in professional activities such as consultation, teaching, supervision, or research. To nominate someone for the Clinical Service Award, please send a 1-2 page letter describing the individual’s work and why that person is worthy of recognition, as well as a copy of the nominee’s CV.

The Cynthia D. Belar Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training in Health Psychology was instituted in 2014, in honor of Dr. Cynthia Belar (who was also the first recipient).  To nominate someone, please send a 1-2 page letter describing the individual’s work and why that person is worthy of recognition, as well as a copy of the individual’s CV.

Nathan Perry Career Service Award. In addition to the “outstanding contributions” awards described above, this award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society for Health Psychology and/or the advancement of health psychology as a field, nationally and/or internationally. To nominate someone for the Career Service Award, please send a 1-2 page letter describing the individual’s contributions and achievements as they pertain to the above guidelines.

Although students and post-doctoral fellows may nominate candidates for these awards, there should be an additional letter of support from a more senior colleague in the field, who may be able to talk about the candidate’s contributions from a broader vantage point.

All nominees must be current members of the Society for Health Psychology. Self-nominations are welcome. Each of the awards above is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. Recipients must submit a signed W-9 form in order to receive the honorarium.  Professional Award winners may be granted a $500 travel stipend in order to attend the APA convention and receive their award in person.

Nominations for awards should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Society’s Administrative Officer, Barbara Keeton (apadiv38@verizon.net) by March 15 of each year. Nominations received after the deadline may be considered for the following year.

These awards, as well as the Graduate Student Research Awards, Early Career Professionals Travel Awards, Student Poster Awards, and any special service awards directed by the Awards Committee, are presented at the Society’s Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with the APA Annual Convention.