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Lightner Witmer Award

Annual Deadline: April 1st – Chair: Stephen Kilgus (


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. Continuing scholarship, rather than a thesis or dissertation alone, is the primary consideration in making the award and a person does not need a doctoral degree to be eligible.


Nominees must be (a) within seven years of receiving their education specialist or doctoral degree as of Sept. 1 of the year the award is given and (b) be a fellow, member, associate or student affiliate of Division 16.

How to Apply

Materials should be forwarded on each nominee including a vita, supporting letter(s), reprints, and other evidence of scholarship. All nominations and related materials must be submitted electronically by April 1 to the committee chair.

Past Recipients


2019: Melissa Collier-Meek & Evan Dart
2018: Nathaniel P. von der Embse
Tyler Renshaw & Keith C. Radley
Stephen P. Kilgus & Andrew Garbacz (Co-Recipients)
2015: Nathan Clemens
2014: Amy M. Briesch
Honorable Mention: Matthew Reynolds
2013: Amanda Sullivan
2012:  Lisa Sanetti
2011:  Wendy Reinke
2010:  Robin Codding, Andrew Roach
2009:  Shannon Suldo
2008:  Theodore Christ
2007:  Scott Ardoin, Jessica Hoffman
2006:  Amanda VanDerHeyden
2005:  Jim DiPerna
2004:  Richard Gilman
2003:  Shane Jimerson, Melissa Bray
2002:  Tanya Eckert
2000:  George H. Noell
1999:  John Hintze, Cynthia Riccio
1998:  Steuart Watson
1997:  Dawn Flanagan
1996:  No award presented
1995:  Christopher Skinner
1994:  Gregg Macmann
1993:  Susan Sheridan
1992:  Sandra Christenson
1991:  William Erchul

1990:  Kevin Stark, Brian Martens
1989:  Janet Graden, Howard Knoff
1988:  Timothy Keith, Marybeth Gettinger
1987:  Jack Kramer, Edward Shapiro
1986:  Joe Witt
1985:  Cathy F. Telzrow
1984:  Stephen Elliott
1983:  George W. Hynd
1982:  Frank M. Gresham
1981:  Terry B. Gutkin, Frederic J. Medway
1980:  Cecil R. Reynolds
1979:  Raymond S. Dean
1978:  Emmanual J. Mason
1977:  Thomas R. Kratochwill
1976:  Judith L. Alpert
1975:  no award presented
1974:  Ellen C. Bien
1973:  James E. Ysseldyke