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Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice

This annual award recognises practitioner psychologists for work that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to a particular area, for the benefit of people and organisations.

This award will likely be made to a psychologist in mid to late career.


The Award will confer a commemorative certificate which will be presented to the recipient at the Society’s Annual Conference.


Nominees should be:

  • Current or retired practitioners in any area of professional applied psychology.
  • Members of the Society.

Nominations are not limited to UK residents.

Self-nominations are acceptable; however, an additional referee will be required.

Nominees will have:

  • Made a major outstanding contribution in one particular work stream or project area (rather than a culmination of a career in psychology).
  • Improved psychological knowledge and understanding in the particular area.
  • Had a positive impact on individuals, communities or organisations.

For further details, please contact [email protected]

Nominations are now closed, this award will open again in 2020.


Previous recipients

Please note: recipients prior to 2017 will have received the 'Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice Award'.

2016 Dr Joanna North
2015 No award
2014 Guy Holmes
2013 No award
2012 No award
2011 Nimisha Patel
2010 Rosamund (Roz) Shafran
2009 David Lane and Graham Turpin
2008 Paul Chadwick
2007 Tommy Mackay
2006 Mark Hayward
2005 Gill Aitken
2004 David Bartram
2003 Graham Towl
2002 Irvine S. Girsch
2001 Michael Carroll
2000 Gus Baker, John Coleman, Sue McGraw, Rea Reason, Peter Saville and Barbara Wilson
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