Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award

Nomination Deadline: April 1st – Chair: William Pfohl, billnasp@aol.com


Each year the Division of School Psychology presents a Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented at the APA Convention to mature school psychologists who throughout their careers have demonstrated exceptional programs of service that merit special recognition. This award is given for accomplishments relating to (a) major leadership in the administration of psychological service in the schools, (b) major contributions in the development and implementation of policy leading to psychologically and socially sound training and practice in school psychology, (c) sustained direction or participation in research that has contributed to more effective practice in school psychology, or (d) the inauguration or development of training programs for new school psychologists or for the systematic nurturance of inservice training for psychologists engaged in the practice of school psychology, or any combination of those.


Criterion I
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.

Criterion II
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. Nominees must be either 20 years past the granting of their doctoral degree or at least 50 years old by December 31 in the year nominated.

How to Apply

Materials should be forwarded on each nominee, including a vita, supporting letters (minimum of three) and other appropriate supporting documentation. Materials must be submitted electronically to the committee chair.

Past Recipients


2022: Scott Poland
Philip Lazarus
William Pfohl
William Erchul
Ralph E. Cash
Vincent Alfonso
  Rik Carl D’Amato
2014:  Karen Stoiber
2013:  Frank C. Worrell
2012:  Beth Doll
2011:  Rick Short
2010:  Cecil Reynolds
2009:  Steven G. Little
2008:  Elaine Clark
2007:  Jack A. Cummings
2006:  Patti L. Harrison, LeAdelle Phelps
2005:  Cindy Carlson, Thomas Kratochwill
2004:  no award presented
2003:  Mark Shinn
2002:  Jon Sandoval
2001:  Roy Martin
2000:  Deborah Tharinger
1999:  James Barclay
1998:  Jan Hughes, Ronda C. Talley
1997:  Stephen DeMers

1996: Joel Myers
Jane C. Conoley
Walter Pryswansky, Sylvia Rosenfield
No award presented
No award presented
Thomas K. Fagan
Thomas Oakland
1989: Judith L. Alpert
1988: Irwin Hyman
1987: Calvin L. Dyer
1986: John H. Jackson
1985: Joseph L. French
1984: Seymour Sarason
1983: Susan Gray
1982: C. Edward Meyer
1981: Gilbert O. Trachtman
1980: Nadine Lambert
1979: Rosa A. Hagin
1978: Beeman Phillips
1977: Virginia Bennett
1976: Jack I. Bardon
1975: T. Ernest Newland
1974: Mary Alice White
1973: David Wechsler (Special Award), Boyd V. McCandless
1972: Maria Skodak Crissey
1971: Frances Mullen
1970: Edward French