Cynthia D. Belar Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education & Training in Health Psychology

Elizabeth A. Klonoff, PhD
Elizabeth A. Klonoff, PhD

Elizabeth A. Klonoff, PhD , University of Central Florida

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff is the 2017 recipient of the Society for Health Psychology’s Cynthia D. Belar Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training in Health Psychology.  Dr. Klonoff is Board Certified in Clinical and Clinical Health Psychology and is the current President of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology. Her contributions to training and education in health psychology are immeasurable, and her impact on the field will be felt for many years to come.

Dr. Klonoff is the Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Prior to assuming her current role, for 16 years she served as Co-Director of Clinical Training at San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, a pre-eminent training program in health psychology, and she continues her affiliation there in the role of Professor Emerita.

Her research activities examine cultural and gender diversity in health and illness; psychological and health consequences of discrimination; tobacco control policy; health promotion, disease prevention, and behavioral risks to health; African-American acculturation and health; psychophysiological disorders in children and adults; and reactions to chronic illness. She is the recipient of numerous federal, state, and foundation grants from such agencies as the National Cancer Institute, NIH/NCRR, and the California Department of Health Services, to name a few. She has served as a grant reviewer for numerous agencies to include NCI, various sections of NIH, the National Science Foundation, and the California Department of Health Services.

Dr. Klonoff does not shy away from national service. She is a past President of SfHP, the 2007-2008 Program Chair at convention, and served as a division representative on APA Council of Representatives from 2014-2017. She was a member of the 2015-2017 APA Board of Educational Affairs and she served two terms on the APA Commission on Accreditation (COA) where she was elected as Associate Chair for Quality Assurance in 2010 and 2011, and also served as chair of COA in 2012 and 2013.  Importantly, Dr. Klonoff served an instrumental role in the monumental task of developing the newly implemented Standards of Accreditation which went into effect in January 2017.  From 2008-2011 she was Chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), served on the CUDCP executive board from 2005-2011, and again from 2014-2016.  She served as an Associate and Senior Associate Editor of Health Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, The American Psychologist, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

In recognition of her significant contributions specific to education and training in health psychology, Dr. Klonoff is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. She received the 2010 Division 38 (Health Psychology) Presidential Citation for Exceptional Service, and in 2013 she received a Citation for Excellent Commitment to the Highest Quality Graduate Student Training from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). She also received the 2013 Beverly Thorn Award for Outstanding Director of Clinical Training Service from the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, and she was the 2014 recipient of the Paul Nelson Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training Award from the Council of Chairs of Training Councils and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Klonoff has played a pivotal role in developing and defining competencies in health psychology. In her service to the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP), she served on the Executive Board from 2007-2012.  She chaired the 2010 Riverfront Conference on Education & Training in Health Psychology for SfHP (Division 38), then compiled and wrote the 2011 application which led to renewed recognition from CRSPPP of Clinical Health Psychology as a specialty.

She has authored numerous publication related to training and education issues in health psychology and co-authored, with Dr. Kevin Larkin, the 2014 book Specialty Competencies in Clinical Health Psychology. Dr. Klonoff was funded by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards to develop and implement a standardized patient for assessment of clinical competencies, and, in a broader contribution to professional psychology, helped delineate the core competencies for the preparation of health service psychologists as a member of the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative from 2010-2012.

Dr. Klonoff’s myriad contributions to education and training in health psychology reflect an individual with a passion for excellence in education and training who is committed to the advancement of our profession. It is not surprising that UCF recruited her to her present position, where she provides oversight to all the graduate training programs.

It is our distinct pleasure to honor Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff with the 2017 Cynthia D. Belar Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training in Health Psychology.

– Kim Dixon, PhD, ABPP