The Dorothy Booz Award For Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology

The Dorothy Booz Award For Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology

            The Dorothy Booz Black Award is given to encourage and reward outstanding research and practice in Counseling Health Psychology. The monetary prize associated with the award is generously donated by Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. The recipient of the award will be announced at the annual convention during the Division 17 Business Meeting.

    This award honors the significant role played by Dorothy Booz Black in the formative developmental and continuing success of Consulting Psychologists Press/Davies Black Publishing. Her long-standing advocacy of the need to improve student and employee health and well being in work organizations, has been noteworthy. In collaboration with John D. Black, she worked diligently and compassionately to promote and celebrate diversity among colleagues, marked by a special kind of gentle caring and respect for person at all levels of the organizations. Her contributions as a member of the Board of Directors of CPP/Davies Black focused on ways the organization could better serve the community. She was interested in how counseling psychologists and other professionals could work to enhance health and diminish disease risks among people using counseling approaches.

    This award is given annually. It will include a check for $1000 and a citation from the President of Division 17. A small dinner (limited to 10 persons) will also be provided to be attended by the current recipient, current Chair of Award Committee, Division President, Current Chair of Counseling Health Psychology Section, and up to 6 other guests to be determined by the awardee. The amount of $400 will be provided annually to cover Award-related expenses.


  1. 1.The individual’s primary contribution is in research and practice of Counseling Psychology focused on health-related processes and outcomes. Such research shall be broadly construed to include a variety of scholarly activities, especially the conduct of empirical research on any health-related problems or issue, including controlled intervention studies. Contributions to professional training, practice, and organizations shall also be considered. Examples of research include: a) line of research studies, often in collaborations with several others, that has identified a new or understudied problem area related to health; b) development of new or revised conceptual models that help clarify health related problems in terms of assessment and interventions; c) integrated scholarly contributions from more than one field of inquiry and/or practice in ways that have encouraged research concerned with health.

  2. 2.The award shall be granted preferably (but not exclusively) to persons with a primary identification with Counseling Psychology and who are members of Division 17. Age, specialty area of doctoral training and years since the doctorate however will not be considered.

  3. 3.No voting members of the Executive Board of Division 17 shall be eligible to be nominated for the Dorothy Booz Black Award during the time they serve on the Board.