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2018 TPA Awards Part 1
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Distinguished Professional Contribution Awards

Each year at TPA's Annual Convention, awards are presented to psychologists and other individuals who have made significant contributions to professional psychology.  Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement
  • Outstanding Contribution to Education
  • Outstanding Contribution to Public Service
  • Outstanding Contribution to Science
  • Outstanding Legislative Contribution
  • Outstanding Media Coverage
  • Outstanding Public Contribution to Psychology
  • Paul Andrews, PhD, ABPP- State Advocacy Award
  • Psychologist of the Year
  • Robert McPherson, PhD- Legislative Action Award

Nominations are reviewed by the TPA Awards Committee.  The Committee's recommendations will be submitted to the TPA Board of Trustees for final approval and presented during the TPA Annual Convention Awards Luncheon. All award nominations must be received by September 17, 2018.  

It is important to note that all nominators are responsible for completing and submitting the required nomination materials by the September 17, 2018 deadline. Materials include:

  • an up-to-date copy of the nominee's professional vita, please have this available to attach when you submit your nomination form;
  • nomination form;
  • endorsements from other individuals or groups, if desired.

Nominators must be members of TPA and are invited to introduce the winners at the awards presentation at the Annual Convention in Frisco.

(For nominees within the field of psychology)

  1. Active engagement at the time of nomination in the advancement of psychology in any of its aspects.
  2. Five years of acceptable professional experience subsequent to the granting of the graduate degree in psychology.
  3. Evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution or performance in the field of psychology.
  4. Influence on the profession outside one's setting.
  5. Evidence or documentation that the nominee has enriched or advanced the field on a scale beyond that of being a good practitioner, teacher, researcher or supervisor.
  6. Texas Psychological Association Member in good standing.

Click here for all awards' descriptions/criteria and nomination form.


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