APA Awards

The American Psychological Association offers a number of major awards in recognition of outstanding contributions in diverse areas of psychology including practice, research, teaching, and public service.  You may visit the APA awards website for more information on the various APA Awards, or download information regarding each of these awards.

Wall of Fame

SCP Members who were honored with APA Awards for 2017:

Nancy S. Elman, PhD
2017 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award


James Wilcox Lichtenberg, PhD
2017 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award


Kathryn Norsworthy, PhD
2017 International Humanitarian Award


Sandy L. Shullman, Ph.D.,
2016 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology


Mary O’Leary Wiley, Ph.D.
2017 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice

Award Nominations

Within the Society for Counseling Psychology, a special Award Focus Committee solicits the names of possible nominees for APA awards and submits nominations for award recipients to the Executive Board for their action. If you have suggestions for nominations send them to the chair of the APA Awards Committee, Jessica Martin. Please also convey whether you might be willing to submit a support letter for this person should they be forwarded for the award.

These APA awards include, but are not limited to:

 APA Practice Awards

  • Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research
  • Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector
  • Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice in the Public Sector

APA Science Awards

  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution
  • Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology
  • Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology

APA Education and Training Awards

  • Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology
  • Distinguished Contributions of Application of Psychology to Education and Training

APA Public Interest Awards

  • Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest
  • Distinguished Contribution to Research in Public Policy

APA International Awards

  • International Humanitarian Award
  • APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International advancement of Psychology

American Psychological Foundation Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching in Psychology
  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology
  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology
  • Gold Medal Award for Enduring Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest
  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice in Psychology

Specialty Awards (partial list)

  • APA Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Awards
  • APA Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award (Health Psychology)
  • APA Harry V. McNeill Memorial Award (Community Mental Health)
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