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Deadline: April 30th, 2021; Chair: Samuel Song (sam.song@unlv.edu)

Description: These awards were created to honor those who are making significant contributions in the advancement of anti-racism scholarship, service, and/or practice in school psychology. The award recognizes a student, early career, and mid/late career school psychologist who identify as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group and has contributed to the advancement of anti-racism scholarship, practice, or service. Each award carries a plaque to be presented during the Division 16 business meeting at the annual APA convention.

Career Levels & Eligibility:

The Outstanding Student Award will be given to a graduate student who has demonstrated commitment to benefiting minoritized populations and potential for significant contributions in scholarship, practice, or service in the future. Eligibility: A graduate student in a school psychology program as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given, identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group, and member of Division 16.

The Emerging Professional Award will be given to an early career professional who is 10 years or less post-doctorate and has significantly advanced scholarship, practice, or service for minoritized communities; and demonstrates potential for sustained contributions over time. Eligibility: A professional in school psychology of no more than 10 years after receiving their doctoral degree as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given, identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group, and member of Division 16.

The Committed Professional Award will be given to a professional who is past 10 years post-doctorate. This professional will have demonstrated sustained commitment and significant contributions over time in advancing scholarship, practice, or service for minoritized communities. Eligibility: A professional in school psychology of more than 10 years after receiving their doctoral degree as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given, identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group, and member of Division 16.

Evaluation Criteria: Beyond eligibility requirements, nominations will be evaluated on significant contributions to anti-racism scholarship, practice, or service in school psychology (candidates can have strengths/contributions in one or more of the areas.)

  • Scholarship includes research and scholarship that is beneficial to the external community with public and scholarly impact (e.g., publications, new technology, education/training improvements, clinical or policy guidelines for state or community agencies, training modules, and technical reports based on evaluation).

  • Practice includes creation and dissemination of assessments, interventions, or practice models; encouraging best practices through advocacy, policy, and legislative work; mentoring of students and new professionals of color including internship and post-doctoral supervision; and development of innovative preservice or inservice training or supervision programs. Products from practice and service may be similar.

  • Service includes mentoring and actively recruiting and retaining students and practitioners of color, holding offices and committee memberships in state and national professional organizations such as Division 16 and products from those contributions that further the profession of school psychology. Examples include creation of and revisions to policy and practice manuals based on innovative guidance; guiding policy or legislative initiatives; mentoring of new professionals into organizational contributions; administering dissemination of professional materials through publication editing or convention programming; and representing psychology to the public and government through service on boards and commissions. Products from practice and service may be similar.

  • Graduate student evaluation will include an examination of the above areas, but the expectations will be commensurate with training level (e.g., program and local level impact). In particular, students should demonstrate a commitment to this work and future potential.

How to Apply?

Materials should be forwarded on each nominee, including a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three) and other appropriate/relevant supporting documentation by Friday, April 30th. Materials must be submitted electronically to the committee chair, Samuel Song, sam.song@unlv.edu with the following subject heading, “D16 Anti-Racism in School Psychology Award.”