ABPP Distinguished Service Award Policy

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Title:  The ABPP Distinguished Service to the Profession Award and the Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology Award, and other awards and recognition.


Policy:  The “Distinguished Service to the Profession Award” honors a Certified Specialist whose career represents outstanding contributions to psychology by way of research, professional publications, policy development and implementation, teaching, training, or advocacy for the profession. Nominations of individuals for this award should include a description of how their work impacted the profession of psychology, including their scientific and or scholarly publication achievements, teaching or training programs, and advocacy that is not limited to activities associated with one specialty board or academy.


The “Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology” recognizes a Certified Specialist who has made significant contributions to the development and operation of the American Board of Professional Psychology by way of publications about or advocacy for board certification, involvement in ABPP administration or policy development, or other service to ABBP and its affiliated boards. The focus of this award is specifically focused on the individual’s contributions to ABPP and do not require recognition of a broad impact upon the profession as a whole.


Special awards from time to time may be recommended to the BOT on a one time basis.


The Convocation and Awards Committee shall establish the nominees for these awards.


Schedule of Nomination Activities by the Convocation, Nominations and Awards Committee:

July 1 Call for Nominations
September 30 (extended) Deadline for Submission of Nomination
November 1 Preparation of Final Slate (No fewer than two names)
December Vote at BOT Annual Meeting
August (following year) Award Presentations at ABPP Convocation


The recipients will receive an appropriately worded certificate of standard format at the annual ABPP convocation.


At the time of the notification to the award recipient for the Distinguished Service to the Profession Award will be asked to prepare and address to be delivered at the subsequent ABPP Annual Convocation.


Publicity shall include an announcement in the ABPP Specialist, the ABPP Web site relevant APA Division(s), and other appropriate places.


Presentation of the Awards


The ABPP Past-President will be responsible for making these award presentations at the ABPP convocation using appropriate text.


Conflict of Interest Provision


Members of the committee should identify potential conflicts to the President and be replaced by another appointee.  For example, it is expected that members will not be a colleague of a nominee or nominate themselves.




Announcement shall appear in the ABPP Specialist and the ABPP Web site.  Announcements should be encouraged for inclusion in appropriate academy outlets.


Nominations must be accompanied by the nominee’s CV. Supplemental materials and incomplete nominations will not be considered.  Self nominations are not accepted.


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At the ABPP Annual Meeting the Convocation, Nominations and Awards Committee shall present its nominees to the BOT which shall select the awardees.


Origination:  BOT
Approval/Date: December 2005
Review Date:  As Needed



Establishment of the Award

For Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of
Professional Psychology

(XXXX Award)
American Board of Professional Psychology

The Board of Trustees voted to establish an award to recognize significant and continued service and contributions to the organization itself, the ABPP.  This award differs from the long standing Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology in that the award is focused upon service and contributions to the ABPP, not the profession in the broader sense.


The Award is to be conferred from time to time as appropriate.  The Convocation and Award Committee shall nominate one or more persons using a process that is fair and inclusive.  The nominee(s) shall be placed before the Board of Trustees for the vote of the selection of the Awardee.  The Awardee shall be announced in the Winter edition of the ABPP Specialist, and the Award conferred at the next Convocation of the ABPP.