The 2018 recipient of the Society for Health Psychology’s (SfHP) Cynthia D. Belar Award for Excellence in Health Psychology Education and Training is Sharon Berry, PhD, ABPP.
The Belar Award is designed to honor a psychologist whose work has positively influenced the health psychology education and training community. Dr. Berry’s career, as an internship training director, chair of BEA, recipient of the “other” Belar Award (The Belar Education Advocacy Award), her chairing BEA’s work group on the integration of science and practice of psychology, her leadership and program planning for both the Association of Psychologist in Academic Health Centers and the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Programs all reflect her dedication and passion for our field and her life’s work focused on the importance of quality education in health psychology.
Space does not allow a detail description of all those activities, and many others – many of which have touched each of us and our students. But I will mention two—when you walk with Dr. Berry through the halls of our annual convention, it is like walking with a rock star. Former interns line up to hug her and thank her for their excellent training and our colleagues line up to talk with her about the progress of some committee or work group they are on, were on, or plan to be on that she is chairing (and yes, many hug her also). Second, Dr. Berry was the first recipient of the BEA Education Advocacy award (now called the Belar). This award recognizes her national commitment to lobby for psychology on Capitol Hill, for her commitment to make sure there is adequate funding for our education and training programs, and that there are funds needed for psychology to back those candidates who support our education, training, science, and our students.
Clearly Dr. Berry is truly deserving of the Cynthia D. Belar Award for Excellence in Health Psychology Education and Training.
By Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., ABPP and Steven M. Tovian, Ph.D., ABPP