Each year, the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) recognizes members for outstanding contributions to the field by presenting awards in Research, Clinical Practice, Education & Training, Mentoring, and Career Service. Award categories were established to acknowledge and appreciate excellence in health psychology across the career span and throughout the field.
This avenue of highlighting our contributions can be successful only if members actively engage in the nominations process. Nominating a psychologist whose work you respect can provide a significant career boost for early-, mid-, and late-career colleagues, and raises the profile of all health psychologists.
The nomination process is simple and will not take a great deal of time. Most awards require a 1-2 page letter describing the nominee’s work and why that person is worthy of recognition, as well as a current CV. Full details (including special requirements for some awards) are provided below. For a review of past recipients, visit https://societyforhealthpsychology.org/join/awards/past-award-recipients/2017-awards-recipients/.
All nominees must be current members of the Society for Health Psychology. Each award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium, and award winners may be granted a $500 travel stipend in order to attend the APA convention to receive their award in person at the SfHP Membership Meeting.
Nominations should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Society’s Administrative Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31 of each year; notifications are made in April. Nominations received after the deadline may be considered for the following year.
Please take a moment to think of colleagues whose work exemplifies the mission of the Society, and then take a half hour to honor someone who inspires you. Nominate a colleague (or yourself!) today!
I. The Excellence in Health Psychology Research Awards highlight the accomplishments of psychologists who have made significant contributions to the body of academic literature, demonstrating the value of psychological science and inquiry toward the betterment of health and healthcare.
These awards honor and support those whose work exemplifies psychological science towards health improvement, while simultaneously motivating other scientists and providing role models.
The awards are a membership benefit of the Society for Health Psychology as part of the Society’s mission to promote psychologists’ academic work.
II. The Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology Awards highlight the accomplishments of psychologists whose primary career has been in the clinical realm.
Nominees should exemplify excellence in clinical contributions to the health of their community through a mix of exemplary clinical practice, community-based program development, policy work that facilitated improved clinical access or quality, or other innovative means of improving health. A nominee may be recognized as a leader in his or her community, serving as both a role model to other psychologists and an excellent representative of our discipline to the community at large.
These awards honor and support those whose work exemplifies psychological practice towards health improvement, while simultaneously motivating other clinicians and providing role models.
These awards are a membership benefit of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) as part of the Society’s mission to promote psychologists as health care professionals who impact the health of their communities.
III. The Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring award allows mentees and colleagues to honor the generative role a psychologist has played in the careers of other health psychologists.
This award is not limited to psychologists who work in academic settings, in recognition of the various ways mentors may positively impact the careers of other psychologists. Nominees should serve as role models by exemplifying excellence in one’s own career. In addition, this award is intended to recognize those health psychologists who have given their expertise, time, energy and support to other health psychologists to help them find success.
Special consideration will be given to health psychologists who focused their mentorship toward under-represented groups. The psychologist may play a mentor role to others at any stage in the development of a career in health psychology, or across many developmental stages.
This award is a membership benefit of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) as part of the Society’s mission to promote mentorship in the field of health psychology.
IV. The Cynthia D. Belar Award for Excellence in Health Psychology Education and Training
This award was instituted in 2014, in honor of Dr. Cynthia Belar (who was also the first recipient). It is intended to honor a psychologist whose work has positively influenced the health psychology education and training community. Nominees’ primary career focus will have been education and training. S/he may have developed curricula, engaged in education policy or advocacy work, and/or served as a role model to psychologists in training at any level.
This award recognizes health psychologists who have engaged in innovative and transformative teaching and training initiatives.
V. The Nathan W. Perry, Jr. Award for Career Service to Health Psychology honors individuals who have made significant lifetime career contributions to the Society for Health Psychology and/or the advancement of Health Psychology as a field, nationally and/or internationally. This award was originated in 1998 to honor Dr. Nathan Perry, who held numerous leadership and governance positions both in the Society for Health Psychology and in the American Psychological Association.