Lifetime Achievement in Psychology Award

This annual award recognises and celebrates exceptional and sustained contributions in a career as a practitioner psychologist.

It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist near or after the end of their career.


The award will confer life membership of the Society, and a commemorative certificate will be presented to the recipient at the society's annual conference.

The recipient will also deliver an address at the conference.

Nomination criteria

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.

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Assessment criteria

Nominees should have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional practice over a significant period of time, including impact outside their primary job role. This award is for lifetime achievement rather than a single contribution

  • Reinvested in psychology through encouraging and developing others as well as enjoying outstanding personal achievement

  • Impacted on people, organisations or communities with a display of wisdom and depth of service / leadership

This could include:

  • A sustained 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 becoming based on sound psychological principles

  • A pioneering and sustained contribution to the development of a local psychological service


Nominations will be considered by the Practice Board at the first meeting in each year.

Judging will be made using the following scoring crieteria:

Demonstrated Professional Practice
  • Demonstrated best practice including methodological rigour/ethical

  • A broad and varied career

  • A pioneer/showed innovation in practice

  • Creative and original achievement

  • Showed personal commitment

Invested in Psychology
  • Improved psychological understanding/knowledge

  • Positive leader of a project, service or organisation

  • Encouraged others into psychology

  • Collaborated with other professionals

  • Contributed to the work of the society

Impacted on people/organisations/communities
  • Improved public understanding

  • Positive impact on individuals/groups and/or communities

  • National and/or international impact

  • Collaboration with the public/clients/experts by experience

Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Challenged social inequalities (in relation to gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age)

  • Work has directly had significant and continued impact for people from marginalised and oppressed social groups

  • Impact in the support of EDI in psychology both within own organisation and in the wider psychology community.

  • Has embedded EDI into their own work

  • Evidence of contribution to governance and/or taking leadership in EDI

Each member of the Board will score each criteria between 1 and 7 (where 1 = weak, 4/5 = Good and 7 = exceptional).

The scores will be aggregated and averaged for each nominee.

None of the criteria are essential however, a total score of at least 50 will be required to confer an award.

The Board may decide not to make an award in any given year.


Members are invited to put forward names for the award.

Member Networks represented on the Professional Practice Board may each also nominate a candidate.

  • Nominators must complete an application form to evidence how the candidate meets the criteria

  • Nominators must also attach a full curriculum vitae of the candidate

  • Nominators must also provide the names and addresses of two potential referees (three for self-nominees), to include at least one current/former work colleague of the candidate, who may be an employer and not necessarily a psychologist (the nominator should not be a referee)

  • 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

  • Nominatorsshould assume that the judges have no prior knowledge of the person and project and provide clear information and evidence of how they meet the criteria

  • Nominators should use active language, and where the work is carried out as part of a team, make it clear what the individual contributed and how this differed from others

Conflict of interest

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest – e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation.

Conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award.

If there is found to be a conflict of interest that has not been declared, the nomination will be withdrawn.

Previous recipients

Note that recipients prior to 2017 award will have received the 'Lifetime Achievement' award.


  • Professor Tommy MacKay

  • Dr Adrian Needs


  • Judy Hutchings


  • Martin Conway

  • Trevor Robbins


  • Professor Narinder Kapur

  • Professor Tom McMillan


  • Robin Morris


  • Neil Frude

  • 2013Dave M. Clark

  • Elizabeth Kuipers


  • Peter Fonagy


  • Chris Cullen


  • John Hall

  • Gerry Randell


  • Gisli Gudjonsson

  • Stanley Rachman


  • Barbara Wilson


  • Joan Freeman


  • Ian Gray