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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Dissertation Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents an Outstanding Dissertation in School Psychology Award t​o a school psychology student who has completed a dissertation that merits special recognition because of its potential to contribute to the science and/or practice of school psychology. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominees must have successfully completed their dissertation defense by December 31, 2018.
    2. Nominees must (a) have been a student member of Division 16 at the time they complete the dissertation; and (b) be a Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
    Application Process: Materials to be submitted on each nominee include: the nominee’s vita supporting letters (minimum of two from members of the dissertation committee), the dissertation, and contact information for the nominee, nominator and letter writers so they may receive results. All nominations and related materials must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Chunyan Yang at cyang@education.ucsb.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Lightner Witmer Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents the Lightner Witmer Award to young professional and academic school psychologists who have demonstrated scholarship that merits special recognition. Sustained scholarship, rather than a thesis or dissertation alone, is the primary consideration in making the award.  While a specific scholarly work may be salient in the evaluation of a nominee, it is not likely that a single work will be of such exceptional character that it would be the basis of the award. Similarly, numerous papers, articles, etc., will not by themselves be a sufficient basis for the award. Instead, the Lightner Witmer Award will be given for scholarly activity and contributions that have significantly nourished school psychology as a discipline and profession. This will include systematic and imaginative use of psychological theory and research in furthering the development of professional practice, or unusual scientific contributions and seminal studies of important research questions that bear on the quality of school psychological training and/or practice. In addition, there should be exceptional potential and promise to contribute knowledge and professional insights that are of uncommon and extraordinary quality.  Nominees must meet the following two criteria:

  1. Nominees must be (a) within seven years of receiving the doctoral degree as of September 1 of the year the award is given
  2. Nominees must be a Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate of Division 16.

Application Process: Each nominee must submit a vita, at least three supporting letters, reprints, other evidence of scholarship, and contact information for the nominee, nominator, and letter writers so that they may receive results. All nominations and related materials must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Stephen Kilgus at skilgus@wisc.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Senior Scientist in School Psychology Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents a Senior Scientist in School Psychology Award to a mature professional and academic school psychologist who has demonstrated a program of scholarship that merits special recognition. A sustained program of scholarship of exceptional quality throughout one’s career is the primary consideration in making the award. The award recipient’s program of work should reflect systematic and imaginative use of psychological theory and research in furthering the development of professional practice and/or consistent empirical inquiry that bears on the quality of school psychology training and practice. The program of scholarly work should be of exceptional quality in its contribution to the scientific knowledge base of school psychology training/practice.

Nominees must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Nominees must be either 20 years past the granting of their doctoral degree or at least 50 years old by December 31, 2018.
  2. Nominees must be a Fellow, Member, or Associate of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.

Application Process: The following material must be submitted electronically for each nominee: a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three), reprints of five major papers or publications, and contact information for the nominee, nominator and letter writers so they may receive results.  All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Susan Sheridan at ssheridan2@unl.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents an annual award in honor of Jack Bardon, who helped bring the profession to maturity during a major expansion period. The Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award is given to mature professional and academic school psychologists who have continued this important work through voluntary professional service that goes above and beyond the requirements of the position the person holds and who has demonstrated an exceptional program of service across a career that merits special recognition. A sustained program of service to the profession of school psychology throughout one’s career is the primary consideration in making the award.

The recipient of the Jack Bardon award is a distinguished figure within the profession with a history of sustained contributions and accomplishments.  Nominees should meet criteria 1, 2, and 3.

  1. Major leadership in the development, delivery or administration of innovative psychological services or development and implementation of policy leading to psychologically and socially sound preservice and/or CPD training and practice in school psychology; and sound evaluation of such training and service delivery models and policies.
  2. Sustained professional organization contributions including holding offices and committee memberships in state and national professional organizations such as Division 16 and significant 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 major policy or legislative initiatives; mentoring of new professionals into organizational contributions; administering dissemination of professional materials through such publication editing or convention programming; and representing psychology to the public and government through service on boards and commissions. The Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award is to be given for sustained service to the profession across a number of years and not for service in one office or major task force.
  3. Nominees must be either 20 years past the granting of their doctoral degree or at least 50 years old by December 31, 2018.

Application Process:

The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee: a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three), and other supporting materials relevant to the criteria for the award. All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Rik Carl D’Amato at rdamato@thechicagoschool.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:  Tom Oakland Mid-Career Scholarship Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents an annual award in honor of Tom Oakland whose extraordinary scholarly pursuits significantly contributed to the field of school psychology. The Tom Oakland Mid-Career Scholarship Award is awarded to professional and academic school psychologists, from 7 to 20 years post-graduation, who have demonstrated scholarship that merits special recognition. Continuing contributions to scholarship is the primary consideration in making the award.

Nominees should meet both criteria 1 and 2.

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16.
  2. Nominees must be (a) more than seven and up to 20 years after receiving their doctoral degree as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given.

Application Process:

The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee: a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three), and other appropriate supporting documentation All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Shane Jimerson at jimerson@education.ucsb.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Jean Baker Mid-Career Service/Practice Award 

Each year the Division of School Psychology presents an annual award in honor of Jean Baker whose extraordinary professional service and scholarly activity significantly contributed to the field of school psychology. The Jean Baker Mid-Career Service/Practice Award is awarded to professional and academic school psychologists, from 7 to 20 years post-graduation, who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of school psychology through programs of service and/or innovative practice and/or scholarship that merits special recognition. Examples of such contributions include: major leadership in the administration of psychological service in the schools; major contributions in the development and implementation of policy leading to psychologically and socially sound training and practice in school psychology; sustained direction or participation in research that has contributed to more effective practice in school psychology; or the inauguration or development of training programs for new school psychologists or for the systematic nurturance of in-service training for psychologists engaged in the practice of school psychology.

Nominees should meet both criteria 1 and 2.

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16.
  2. Nominees must be (a) more than seven and up to 20 years after receiving their doctoral degree as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given

Application Process:

The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee: a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three), and other appropriate supporting documentation All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Tammy Hughes at hughest@duq.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:  Contributions to Practice Award

Each year the Division of School Psychology will present a Contributions to Practice Award. The award is presented at the APA Convention to school psychologists who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of school psychology through innovations in practice. The winner of the award will be invited to submit a manuscript for the annual awards issue of The School Psychologist and to give a brief presentation at the meeting of the American Psychological Association where the award is presented.

Nominees should meet both criteria 1 and 2.

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16.
  2. Significant contributions to the field of school psychology in the domain of practice.

Examples include creation and dissemination of assessments, interventions, or practice models; encouraging best practices through advocacy, policy, and legislative work; mentoring of students and new professionals through internship and post-doctoral supervision; and development of innovative preservice or inservice training or supervision programs.

Application Process:

The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee: a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three), and other appropriate supporting documentation All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Dawn Flanagan at flanagad@stjohns.edu.