Harold M. Hildreth
Distinguished Public Service Award

This award, the highest bestowed by the division, was established in 1965 in honor of the late Div. 18 leader Harold M. Hildreth.

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Sponsor: Division 18

Description

Harold M. Hildreth was a longtime friend of Div. 18. A division president in 1958 and APA Council member for the division from 1953-1956, Hildreth seemed to be naturally inclined toward public service and spent much of his life devoting himself to the application of psychology to wide areas of endeavor. He described himself as having special research interests in socially sensitive areas. His diverse clinical activities ranged from helping to develop police training films, to interests in suicide, homosexuality and emergency mental health services. He was the second person to serve as the Chief Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Veteran Affairs (1948-1956) and followed that appointment with a distinguished career in the Community Research and Service Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He served as a model for dedication and achievement in serving the public.

Hildreth was described by those who knew him as an extraordinary leader who made you believe in the importance of psychology and who had a fantastic memory for personal events which endeared him to others. Beyond personal qualities and interpersonal skills, it was Hildreth’s role as a visionary which constituted his major contribution and which set him apart from his contemporaries. He sketched a glorious, yet eminently believable, future for psychology. Responding to his charisma and infectious enthusiasm, his more practical-minded associates eagerly enlisted in the effort to apply psychology to bettering the human condition.

It was singularly appropriate that, upon his death in 1965, the division established an award for outstanding public service to the public in his memory. The Harold M. Hildreth Award for Distinguished Public Service has remained the highest award that the division could bestow.

Eligibility

This award is for an individual whose work has, over a lifetime career, greatly benefitted public mental health. This person is recognized nationally for their expertise and commitment to public service psychology. Nominees will have demonstrated their service through some of the following areas:

  • Outstanding effort and leadership in one or more areas:
    Policy/advocacy-related activities that improve the welfare of underserved populations.
    Delivery or administration of psychological services.
    Mentor for psychologists and students of psychology.
  • Authorship of articles and books which advance public mental health and denote excellence as a psychology researcher in the public interest.
  • Considered a national expert for their body of work.
How to Apply

To submit a nomination, please provide the following to Shirley Glynn:

  • A letter of nomination that describes and supports the individual's contributions (e.g., nature of the individual's service to public mental health, positions held).
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two additional letters of support.
Past Recipients

2016
Randy E. Phelps, PhD

2015
Lorraine Williams Greene, PhD, ABPP

2014
Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD

2013
Ellen Scrivner

2012
Terence Keane

2011
Russell Lemle

2010
Rodney R. Baker

2009
Guy Seymour and Robert Ax

2008
Robert Fein

2007
Scotty Hardgrove

2006
Walter E. Penk

2005
Carol T. Mowbray

2004
Herbert Dorken

2003
Paul E. Gendreau

2002
Ronald F. Levant

2001
Edward Mulvey

2000
Dale L. Johnson

1999
Frederick J. Frese, III

1998
Harriet P. Lefley

1997
J. Wilbert Edgerton

1996
Alice F. Chang

1995
Bruce D. Sales

1994
Lee B. Sechrest

1993
Patricia F. Waller

1992
Gary B. Melton

1991
Robert L. Custer and John E. Davis, Jr.

1990
Charles Windle

1989
Alfred M. Wellner

1988
Asher R. Pacht

1987
Durand F. Jacobs

1986
James Grier Miller

1985
Patrick H. Deleon

1984
No award presented

1983
Charles A. Stenger

1982
Cecil P. Peck

1981
Stanley Schneider

1980
No award presented

1979
Betty H. Pickett

1978
Herman Feifel

1977
Lee Gurel

1976
Milton W. McCullough

1975
Henry P. David

1974
No award presented

1973
Margaret Ives

1972
Norman I., Farberow

1971
Henry W. Riecken

1970
Jerry W. Carter

1969
Marucie G. Kott

1968
John C. Eberhart

1967
Joseph M. Bobbitt

1966
Edwin S. Shneidman