Call for Nominations: Psychology and AIDS Leadership Awards

The APA Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) invites nominations for its Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award. This award serves to actively demonstrate COPA’s commitment to ensuring that issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training and practice.

Award Areas

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 be recognized leaders in the field who have had a long-standing influence on HIV/AIDS issues, and they must be current members of APA.

Two awards will be granted each year: one in the category of “emerging leader” and one in the category of “distinguished leader.”

The four categories are used to examine each candidate’s work and qualifications for receiving an award: (1) policy/advocacy, (2) research, (3) service provision and (4) teaching/mentoring. Successful candidates will have made significant contributions in one or more of these areas, which are delineated below.

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 who have improved the delivery of prevention services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Specific activities in this category may include, but are not limited to, demonstrating leadership or outstanding effort in 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 in this category may include, but are not limited to, demonstrating leadership or outstanding effort in conducting innovative research methodologies that increase the general knowledge and understanding of specific HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care or policy issues; developing innovative research approaches that 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; 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 in this category may include, but are not limited to, demonstrating 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 in this category may include, but are not limited to, demonstrating 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 curricula used in the training of psychologists or students of psychology; training and mentoring students as part of a research lab; and publishing educational texts designed to advance the knowledge and involvement of psychologists in combating HIV/AIDS.

Nomination Procedures

All nominations must include a brief statement of support for the nominee (500-word 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. Incomplete nominations and materials will not be reviewed.

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.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Incomplete nominations and materials sent after the deadline will not be reviewed. An application may be submitted online or materials may be sent by mail or email to:

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