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Awards Presented at 2007 Science Leadership Conference

2007 APA Service Awards: Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science; Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences; Department of Psychology at George Mason University; Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida; Meritorious Research Service Commendation.

The Science Leadership Conference was the site for the presentation of the 2007 Service Awards for APA. Ron Brown, Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs, and Sharon Stephens Brehm, APA President, gave the awards to the deserving psychologists.

The Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science was presented to Roxane C. Silver. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Silver has demonstrated her service to the discipline by engaging in many types of activities including: aiding in association governance; serving on boards, committees, and various psychological associations; editing journals; reviewing grant proposals; mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye.

Dr. Silver was selected for her extraordinary service to the psychological sciences. Roxane Silver’s service to psychology has been broad and significant. Dr. Silver has an extraordinary record of public service at the national level. Her selfless, dedicated pursuit of the goals of bringing the value of psychological science to the government’s attention and the public’s eye is unparalleled. As one of the country’s leading experts on psychological reactions to trauma, she has served on numerous federal task forces and advisory committees, including the Academe and Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the DHS Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Her eloquent testimony before Congress has had far-reaching effects. Dr. Silver has played a major role in mentoring students and faculty through her research program, training grants, and the administrative roles she has played at UC Irvine. These and other activities and her ability to translate psychology into terms everyone can understand have earned Dr. Silver the widespread respect and appreciation that she so richly deserves.

Nominations for the 2008 individual awards are being accepted now. For additional information, please see APA Awards.

The Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences. Departments are recognized for a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including service to the discipline that is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion. Departments also are recognized for demonstrating that service to the profession is an integral part of training and mentoring.

The Department of Psychology at George Mason University was honored for an inspiring record of service to the discipline of psychology. The faculty members are committed to participating on discipline-related association boards, international and national committees; editing journals; reviewing grant and research proposals; participating on the Institutional Review Board and Animal Care and Use Committee; promoting the value of psychology to the public through the media; and advocating for the relevance of psychology to public policy issues by testifying before Congress. The Department demonstrates its commitment to a culture of service by providing release time from teaching and additional staff support and by rewarding faculty in tenure and promotion decisions. A culture of service is incorporated into the training and mentoring of students and new faculty. The Department of Psychology at George Mason University serves as an outstanding model of scholarship, teaching, and service to its colleagues and students.

The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida was selected for the second departmental award, for an impressive record of service to the discipline of psychology, to its research and scholarly infrastructure, and to the larger society. The commitment of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida to a culture of service is implicit in its mission statement, vision, and values. Faculty members have a wide range of service responsibilities that include local college and university governance, national service in support of research activities as NIH reviewers, journal editors and reviewers, and in support of the field of psychology within APA governance--leadership in APA divisions and other associations, and in the expansion of the various specialties within psychology. Faculty activities are documented in annual evaluations and included in tenure and promotion portfolios. Faculty mentoring is a high priority and the result has been students’ willingness to include service into their own lives. The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology has built an environment dedicated to scholarship, excellence in research and clinical service, while incorporating the importance of faculty and student participation in culture of service activities.

Nominations for the 2008 awards are being accepted now. For additional information, please see APA Awards.

Lula A. Beatty received the Meritorious Research Service Commendation. This award, developed by the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) recognizes outstanding psychologists who help foster the discipline through their programmatic activities in support of psychological science. BSA members developed this award to provide a clear mechanism for recognizing the important ways that programmatic contributions can advance the discipline.

Psychologists in funding agencies can play a crucial role in the development of the discipline -- in running the programs that fund psychological scientists, in identifying new opportunities and directions, in working with the science community to chart needs and challenges, in serving as a catalyst for promoting cutting edge opportunities, and in shepherding behavioral research within their institutions.

Dr. Beatty is Chief of the Special Populations Office, Office of the Director, at the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). She is being recognized for her leadership in advancing drug abuse prevention research for underrepresented populations, especially ethnic/racial minorities and women and addressing the problems of health disparities. In addition, as the first and current director of NIDA’s Special Populations Office, she is being recognized for developing programs that have increased the number of ethnic/racial minority researchers supported by NIDA.

Nominations for the 2008 awards are being accepted now. A list of past recipients of the Meritorious Research Service Commendation and for additional information, please see APA Awards.