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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 to 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, 2021.
  2. Nominees must (a) have been a student member of Division 16 at the time they completed  the dissertation; and (b) be a Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
Application Process: The following materials must be submitted for each nominee:

  1. A copy of the person’s vita;
  2. The dissertation;
  3. No more than five supporting letters (at least two should be from members of the dissertation committee). Additional letters received will not be considered.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Christa Copeland at cbhgg6@missouri.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, the number of 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 nourished school psychology to grow as a discipline and profession within the current context. This might include systematic and imaginative use of psychological theory and research in furthering the development of professional practice, or unusual scientific contributions and/or foundational studies of important research questions that bear on the quality of school psychological training and/or practice; and/or scholarly activity that advances educational equity and social justice within the field. In addition, there should be evidence of continued potential and promise to impact and advance school psychology into the future.

Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

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 at the time of the nomination.

Application Process: The following materials must be submitted for each nominee:

  1. A copy of the person’s vita;
  2. A 1-2 page personal statement from the nominee describing their scholarly activity and its significance to and/or impact/potential impact on the field. For example, the statement might highlight how their scholarship translates to school psychology practice in the current context; the breadth of reach (e.g., research contributing to policy, legislation, training); and/or how the work advances Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the field;
  3. No more than three reprints or other reproductions of major papers, articles, etc.;
  4. No more than three letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues to demonstrate impact of the scholarship. Additional letters received will not be considered.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Mel Collier-Meek at Mel.CollierMeek@umb.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 given to a mid-career school psychologist (7 to 20 years post-graduation) who throughout his/her career has demonstrated exceptional scholarly activity that merit special recognition. 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, the number of papers, articles, etc., will not by themselves be a sufficient basis for the award. Instead, the Tom Oakland Award will be given for scholarly activity and contributions that have nourished school psychology to grow as a discipline and profession within the current context. This might include systematic and imaginative use of psychological theory and research in furthering the development of professional practice, or unusual scientific contributions and/or foundational studies of important research questions that bear on the quality of school psychological training and/or practice, or scholarly activity that advances educational equity and social justice within the field. In addition, there should be evidence that the scholarly activity has begun to influence other research in the field, as well as continued potential and promise to impact and advance school psychology into the future.

Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

Nominees should meet both criteria 1 and 2:

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
  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:

  1. A copy of the person’s vita;
  2. A 2-3 page personal statement from the nominee describing their scholarly activity and its significance to and/or impact/potential impact on the field. For example, the statement might highlight how their scholarship translates to school psychology practice in the current context; the breadth of reach (e.g., research contributing to policy, legislation, training); and/or how the work advances Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the field;
  3. No more than three reprints or other reproductions of major papers, articles, etc.;
  4. No more than three letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues to demonstrate impact of the scholarship. Additional letters received will not be considered.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Shannon Suldo at Suldo@usf.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. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

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, 2021.
  2. Nominees must be a Fellow, Member, or Associate of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.

Application Process: The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee:

  1. A copy of the person’s vita;
  2. A 2-3 page personal statement from the nominee describing their scholarly activity and its significance to and/or impact/potential impact on the field. For example, the statement might highlight how their scholarship translates to school psychology practice in the current context; the breadth of reach (e.g., research contributing to policy, legislation, training); and/or how the work advances Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the field;
  3. Reprints of no more than five major articles, chapters, books, etc.;
  4. No more than three letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues to demonstrate impact of the scholarship. Additional letters received will not be considered.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Matthew Burns at burnsmk@missouri.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Commitment to Anti-Racism Awards

Each year, the Division of School Psychology honors 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, and/or service.

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.
Nominees should meet all of these criteria:

  1. Be a graduate student in a school psychology program as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given
  2. Identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group,
  3. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.

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.

Nominees should meet all of these criteria:

  1. Be 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,
  2. Identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group,
  3. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.

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.

Nominees should meet all of these criteria:

  1. Be 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.
  2. Identifies as a member of a racially/ethnically minoritized group,
  3. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
Application Process: The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee:

  1. A copy of the person’s vita;
  2. Three to five letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues to demonstrate impact;
  3. Other appropriate/relevant documentation relevant to the criteria for the award (for details, go to: https://apadivision16.org/2021/03/nominations-open-for-division-16s-new-outstanding-commitment-to-anti-racism-award/)

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Sam Song at sam.song@unlv.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 of these criteria:

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
  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 for each nominee:

1) A copy of the person’s vita;
2) Three to five letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues;
3) Other appropriate/relevant documentation relevant to the criteria for the award.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Lea Theodore at ltheodore@adelphi.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, 2021.
  4. Nominees must be a Fellow or Member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.

Application Process: The following materials must be submitted electronically for each nominee:

1) A copy of the person’s vita;
2) Three to five letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues;
3) Other appropriate/relevant documentation relevant to the criteria for the award.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, William Erchul, william_erchul@ncsu.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 given to school psychologists who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of school psychology through innovations in practice.

Nominees should meet both criteria 1 and 2.

  1. Nominees must be a fellow or member of Division 16 at the time of the nomination.
  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:

1) A copy of the person’s vita;
2) Three to five letters of support from diverse writers such as community partners and/or peers/colleagues;
3) Other appropriate/relevant documentation relevant to the criteria for the award.

All nominations and related materials must be submitted by April 1, 2022 to the Committee Chair, Carlen Henington at ch27@msstate.edu.