Awards & Honors

Division 56 gives seven awards annually for meritorious contributions to the field of trauma psychology. The Division also awards Fellow status to those members who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to trauma psychology. We encourage you to visit our Fellows' websites listed below to learn more about their work.

To nominate a colleague for one of these awards please submit electronically a copy of the nominee's CV with a nominating letter describing the candidate's suitability to the Awards Chair. Nominations are due by April 15th. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes distinguished contributions to psychological practice. It may be given for the development of a highly effective intervention, for contributions to practice theory, or for a sustained body of work in the field of trauma psychology practice.

  • 2014 None
  • 2013 Allan N. Schore
  • 2012 Mary R. Harvey
  • 2011 Lenore E. A. Walker
  • 2010 Barbara Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede, Greg M.Reger and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
  • 2009 Francine Shapiro
  • 2008 Laurie A. Pearlman and Karen W. Saakvitne
  • 2007 Christine Courtois

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes distinguished contributions to scientific research. It may be given in recognition of a particular discovery or for a sustained body of research and scholarship.

  • 2014 Fran Norris
  • 2013 Daniel and Lynda King
  • 2012 Bonnie L. Green
  • 2011 Jennifer J. Freyd
  • 2010 John Briere
  • 2009 Jennifer Vasterling
  • 2008 Paula P. Schnurr
  • 2007 Dean Kilpatrick

Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes sustained contributions of leadership in the field of trauma psychology.

  • 2014 Steve Gold
  • 2013 Terence M. Keane
  • 2012 Kristy Straits-Troster
  • 2011 Roxane Cohen Silver
  • 2010 Judith Armstrong
  • 2009 Farris K. Tuma
  • 2008 Sandra G. Wartski
  • 2007 Judith Alpert

Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes a senior distinguished psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to science, practice, advocacy, and/or education/training over the course of his/her career. These contributions would be at such a level that they have advanced the field of trauma psychology.

  • 2014 Stevan Hobfoll
  • 2013 Patricia A. Resick
  • 2012 Yael Danieli
  • 2011 Judith Lewis Herman
  • 2010 Edna Foa
  • 2009 Charles Figley

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist

This award recognizes psychologists in the early stages of their careers who have shown outstanding achievement or who have made outstanding contributions to the study of psychological trauma. Nominees' contributions may be in the areas of clinical practice/research and writing or basic/applied empirical research. Nominees should have earned their degree no more than seven years prior to the year in which they are nominated.

  • 2014 Erika J. Wolf
  • 2013 Paul Frewen
  • 2012 Lisa DeMarni Cromer
  • 2011 Judith Pizarro Andersen

Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation defenddc in the prior academic year on a topic in the field of trauma psychology. Quantitative qualitative and theoretical dissertations are all welcome.

To nominate a dissertation please send a copy of the candidate's CV, a copy of the dissertation, abstract, and a copy of a manuscript or publication derived from the dissertation to the Awards Chair. Nominations are due by May 15th.

  • 2014 Darryl Etter
  • 2013 Courtney Welton-Mitchell
  • 2012 Kelly Young-Wolff
  • 2011 Denise H. Sandole
  • 2010 Erica Wolf
  • 2009 Michael Baratta
  • 2008 Meredith E. Charney
  • 2008 Carolyn Allard

Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes the creators of media presentations for lay audiences that educate the public in a scientifically sound manner about the psychology of trauma.Any kind of work available in any form is eligible (e.g., written word, film, video, web, graphics). Fiction and non-fiction representations are equally welcome. Nominations should include the names of the creator(s) of the work being nominated, as well as either a sample of the work being nominated, or a web address for the nominated work, or both.

  • 2014 Julia Hoffman
  • 2013 Jessica L. Hamblen - AboutFace, Alex Kotlowitz - This American Life
  • 2012 Sonja V. Batten - Department of Veteran's Affairs Make the Connection Team
  • 2010 Garry Trudeau - Doonesbury, Nicholas Kristof and Sheyl WuDunn - Half the Sky

Early Career Awards for Ethnic Minority Psychologists in Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes those ethnic/racial minority psychologists who have made outstanding contributions in the study and practice of trauma psychology within seven years of graduating from doctoral programs. Nominees' contributions may be in the areas of clinical/practice, research/writing, basic/applied research, or other professional contributions (e.g., governance/leadership) and are more heavily weighted toward nominees who have made contributions in traumas affecting or are associated with ethnic minority status/issues.

Presidential Award

This award is given at the discretion of the President to an individual who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the Division of Trauma Psychology.

  • 2014 None
  • 2013 Frank Putnam
  • 2012 Lynn Brem - Division 56 Website

Fellows

Fellow status in APA is awarded in recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field of psychology. Such contributions may be to science, practice, policy, or leadership. Fellow status in Division 56 is awarded to members of the Division who have made this kind of valuable contribution to the field of trauma psychology.

Persons seeking initial Fellow status in APA through Division 56 should contact the Fellows Chair for detailed instructions as to the process. Members of Division 56 who are already Fellows of APA should contact the Fellows Chair for instructions about becoming a Fellow of the Division.

Current Fellows of the Division who have their own websites are strongly encouraged to send the url to the Web Editor so that we may include that information in the list of Division Fellows below.

Recent Fellows

  • Diane Castillo
  • Brian Marx

All Division 56 Fellows