Call for nominations: CONA award and 2013 CONA

CONA seeks nominations of full members of APA with specialization in aging issues to serve a three-year term, and nominations for its annual award

Call for Nominations: CONA Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging

The Committee on Aging (CONA) of the American Psychological Association invites nominations, including self-nominations, for its award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging. This award for outstanding achievement is presented annually to recognize psychologists and friends of psychology who have made significant contributions to the mission of CONA. The mission of CONA is to pursue the following goals:

  • Science: Provide strong and visible advocacy for a scientific agenda on aging to policymakers and private and public funding agencies.

  • Practice: Promote the practice of psychology by advocating policies that enhance the availability and reimbursement of health and mental health services to older adults and their families.

  • Policy: Contribute to the formulation and support of public policies and associated regulations that promote optimal development of older adults, facilitate psychological practice with older persons and expand scientific understanding of adult development and aging.

  • Education: Promote inclusion of knowledge about adult development and aging in all levels of education, including continuing education, training programs and professional development of psychologists.

  • Public Interest: Promote the application of psychological knowledge to the well-being of older people, with special attention to the influences of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and family in science, practice and policy relating to older adults.

  • Public Affairs: Develop and disseminate information concerning the scientific findings and practice issues about older adults to psychologists, other professionals, policymakers and the public.

  • APA: Serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state associations and directorates; also ensure that older members of APA receive the appropriate attention of the association.

Successful candidates will have made significant contributions in one or more of the areas of the CONA Mission stated above. All nominations must include a current curriculum vitae of the candidate and three letters of reference. Reference letters should indicate the categories in which the candidate has made contributions related to aging (Science, Practice, Policy, Education, Public Interest, Public Affairs, APA). Additionally, letters should address the nominee’s leadership activities, contributions, and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about older adults and aging issues, foster understanding of older adult’s lives and improve the status of older adults.

Nominations are solicited by CONA on a yearly basis with a June 30 deadline for receipt of nominations. The award is presented at the APA Convention. Prior recipients of the CONA Award for Psychology and Aging are:

  • 2003 Norman Abeles, PhD

  • 2004 George Niederehe, PhD

  • 2005 Margaret Gatz, PhD

  • 2006 Antonette Zeiss, PhD

  • 2007 Martha Storandt, PhD

  • 2008 Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD

  • 2009 Bob Knight, PhD

  • 2010 Jennifer Moye, PhD

  • 2011 Anderson Dodd Smith, PhD 

Call for Nominations: APA Committee on Aging

The Committee on Aging (CONA) is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, for two new members. CONA is the chief committee within the APA governance structure charged with addressing aging concerns. CONA seeks full members of APA with specialization in aging issues to serve a three-year term beginning January 2013 and ending December 2015.

CONA, a six-member Committee, places priority on maintaining representation within the Committee’s membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society, including (a) individuals with experience in research, clinical training and practice, policy and advocacy, and education; (b) early- and mid-career psychologists and those who are retired or employed less than full time; and (c) diversity with respect to ethnicity, culture, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation and geographic location. This year CONA plans to fill one of its two vacancies with an early career psychologist (defined by APA as in the first 7 years from the receipt of the doctoral degree).

CONA’s mission is to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health and human welfare by ensuring that older adults, especially the growing numbers of older women and members of minority groups, receive the attention of the Association. Its goals include:

  • provide leadership for a scientific agenda on aging, 

  • advocate for policies that enhance availability and reimbursement of health and mental health services to older adults and their families, 

  • contribute to the formulation and support of public policies that promote optimal development of older adults, facilitate psychological practice with older persons, and expand scientific understanding of adult development and aging, 

  • promote inclusion of knowledge about adult development and aging in all levels of education, 

  • develop and disseminate information concerning the scientific findings and practice issues about older adults, 

  • serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state associations and directorates, and 

  • ensure that older members of APA receive appropriate attention from the Association.

For an overview of CONA’s activities and members since its inception, read the mission statement (PDF, 215KB).

Selected candidates are required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by the APA. The Committee will meet on March 15-17 and Sept. 20-22, 2013; March 21-23, 2014 and [Fall Meeting Dates TBD]. Members are encouraged to attend a CONA meeting held during the APA convention at their own expense. CONA is a working committee with ongoing time sensitive and consuming projects that require members’ attention. Members are expected to participate in frequent email discussions and bi-monthly conference calls, work on Committee priorities between meetings, provide consultation to the director of the APA Office on Aging, and participate in policy advocacy activities.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating their commitment to serve on CONA and highlighting specific competencies, interests and potential contributions to the work of CONA. Letters of support from other APA governance groups and divisions, state psychological associations or other organizations are desirable but not required. Prior applicants are encouraged to reapply.

Send nominations and supporting materials to Martha Randolph.