Committee on Psychology and AIDS
Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award

This award serves to actively demonstrate COPA's commitment to ensure issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training and practice.

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Sponsor: Committee on Psychology and AIDS

Description

The American Psychological Association (APA) Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) invites nominations for its Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award. Two awards will be granted each year, one in the category of "Emerging Leader" and one in the category of "Distinguished Leader."

The following categories are used to examine each candidate's work and qualifications for receiving an award. Successful candidates will have made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Policy/Advocacy

  • Research

  • Service Provision

  • Teaching/Mentoring

Policy/Advocacy

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in policy/advocacy-related activities that improve the welfare of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and/or improves the delivery of prevention services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort with respect to: promoting legislation that improves the welfare of all people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; improving the delivery of prevention services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS; advocating for the rights of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; advocating for the delivery of HIV prevention services to underserved populations; challenging the discrimination and harassment of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; increasing the representation of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in psychology and science; advocating for funding of HIV services and research at the local and/or federal levels; and/or increasing the recognition of the need for professional organizations to include HIV/AIDS-related issues in their policies and procedures.

Research

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in the conduct, dissemination and translation of high-quality research in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care and/or policy. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in: conducting innovative research methodologies that increase our general knowledge and understanding of specific HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care or policy issues; developing innovative research approaches which enhance HIV/AIDS-related research; developing theory or conceptual models that are useful in guiding HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care or policy efforts; and advancing translation of knowledge related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment/care to those affected by HIV, community agencies, providers and/or the media.

Service Provision

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in the delivery of psychological services to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and/or the delivery of technical or support services to community agencies that provide a range of HIV/AIDS-related services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Psychological services to people living with HIV/AIDS may include both treatment and prevention, and technical and support services to community agencies may include a range of activities such as program evaluation and development, needs assessment and training. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in: providing direct psychological/support services; developing, directing and/or supervising psychological or support services; and creating or expanding venues/organizations that deliver psychological/support services. 

Teaching/Mentoring

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in educating psychologists or students in psychology about HIV/AIDS practice, research and/or policy. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in: providing various forms of mentorship for psychologists and students of psychology working in the area of HIV/AIDS; developing and teaching innovative university/secondary school courses on HIV/AIDS related topics; developing and conducting training workshops on HIV/AIDS related topics; developing HIV/AIDS curriculum used in the training of psychologists or students of psychology; training and mentoring of students as part of a research lab; and publishing educational texts designed to advance the knowledge and involvement of psychologists in combating HIV/AIDS.

Eligibility

Nominees will be identified as "emerging" or "distinguished" leaders in one or more areas of influence: service provision, research, teaching/mentoring and policy/advocacy. Emerging leaders are psychologists who have received their doctorate within the past 10 years, have made substantial contributions to the field of HIV/AIDS and show promise of an extensive, influential career. Distinguished leaders are psychologists who have worked for 10 years or more after receiving their doctorate. They should have a longstanding influence on HIV/AIDS issues, should be recognized leaders in the field and must be current members of APA.

Candidates must be APA members. Current COPA members, members of APA's Board of Directors and individuals who have announced candidacy for APA President are not eligible. Current COPA members cannot make nominations.

How to Apply

All nominations must include a brief statement of support for the nominee (500 words maximum), a current vita and three letters of reference. Reference letters should indicate whether the candidate is being nominated as an Emerging or a Distinguished Leader as well as the categories in which the candidate has made contributions (service provision, research, teaching/mentoring and/or policy/advocacy). Additionally, letters should address the nominees' leadership activities, contributions and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as knowledge associated with slowing the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
   
Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Sept. 1. Incomplete nominations and materials sent after the deadline will not be reviewed. Send nomination materials by email or send nomination materials by regular mail to:

Cherie Mitchell
Office on AIDS
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Past Recipients
2014

Learn more about recipients of the Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award.

2013
  • Emerging leader: David J. Moore, PhD

  • Distinguished leader: John R. Anderson, PhD