We have recently been informed by the APA Board of Professional Affairs that John “Jack” Carr, PhD, ABPP has been awarded the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. This is a highly selective award recognizing outstanding practitioners in psychology. Dr. Carr is especially recognized for his long-standing contributions of psychology within medical centers. He was one of the early proponents and champions of integrating psychology with the practice of medicine, integrating psychology and social science into the medical school curriculum, and serving as an institutional role model for medical school psychologists and psychology faculty members. Dr. Carr has spent his professional life at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle where he now is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry. In retirement he is still active in these areas. He was one of the few medical school academic psychologists who served as an acting chairman of a department of psychiatry at a research intensive medical school – for five years! A lifelong advocate for psychology in medicine, Dr. Carr has been an active member of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) and the APA Divisions 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) and 39 (Society for Health Psychology). Additionally, he was an active medical school “teacher” working with the interdisciplinary Association of Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSME).
Dr. Carr will receive this award at the 2016 APA Convention in Denver, Colorado and will be acknowledged formally in November 2016 Awards Issue of the American Psychologist.