Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional Practice Board - Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award recognises and celebrates unusually significant and sustained contributions in a career as a practitioner of applied psychology.

The award confers life membership of the Society, and a commemorative certificate will be presented to the recipient at an appropriate Society conference.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is open to current or retired practitioners in any area of professional applied psychology.

Nominees need not be members of the Society, but it is expected that award winners will not only have enjoyed outstanding personal success but will also have reinvested in psychology through encouraging and developing others; contributions to the work of the Society would be evidence of this. The award will not be made to psychologists whose main areas of work are, or was within an academic department. It is not limited to residents of the UK.

Members are invited to put forward names for the award. Member Networks represented on the Professional Practice Board may each also nominate a candidate.

Nominations should be a narrative (1000 words maximum) highlighting the candidate’s achievements and the grounds for nomination. This should be supplemented by curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three potential referees, to include at least one current/former work colleague of the candidate, who may be an employer and not necessarily a psychologist. Relevant supporting documentary evidence (e.g. an account reported in the media of a professional unit for which the candidate is responsible) may be included.

The award is formally for ‘distinguished lifetime achievement within professional psychology’; it is intended that this criterion will be interpreted broadly and might include any of the following:

  • An innovative contribution to the development of what has proved to be an effective therapeutic technique;
  • A major contribution towards developing a psychological service that has become a model for the delivery of professional services that others have followed;
  • Developing and implementing a selection system in a major organisation that increased the validity, utility and fairness of selection and was held up as a model for other organisations to adopt;
  • Leadership of an initiative that has resulted in policy relating to services, such as education, employee selection, decisions on parole, or care of the elderly, becoming based on sound psychological principles;
  • A pioneering and sustained contribution to the development of a local psychological service that has, for instance, saved disadvantaged children from a life of crime in a specific local area or provided a model for best practice in dealing with the victims of violence.

Nominations will be considered by an award committee, which will include the Chair of the Professional Practice Board and a nominee of each subsystem represented on the board. Exceptionally, in this first year, more than one award may be made. If there are no suitable nominations, no award will be made.

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Professional Practice Board via the Society’s office no later than 1 September in any given year.

For further details, contact Policy Advice Administrative Assistant.

Details of previous award winners are available from the History of Psychology Centre (HoPC).

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