M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology

The Retirement Research Fund Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology is presented in honor of the memory of M. Powell Lawton to recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons.

Annual deadline: March 15

The Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology is presented in honor of the memory of M. Powell Lawton to recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons. The contributions being honored include developing or implementing a program, practice, policy, or treatment that has had or will have the great potential to improve the lives of older adults. 

The recipient will be presented with a plaque and a cash award of $1,500 at the Division 20 Business Meeting during the annual APA convention in the year the award is received.

Elgibility

Nomination materials should be sent in one email to the Chair of the Awards Committee, with "D20 Lawton Award Nomination" noted as the subject of the email by March 15 annually. The nomination materials will include the following:

  • A letter of nomination (by a Division 20 member) describing the nominee's nature and significance of the nominee's research accomplishments.

  • A current CV of the nominee.

  • Evidence of the positive impact of the contribution(s) on older persons.

  • A brief statement by the nominee of his or her current work and future plans.

  • At least two additional letters of support (one must be from a Division 20 member).

Nominees need not be members of Division 20, but they must be nominated and endorsed by a Division member.

How to Apply

Nominees will be reviewed by a committee of past-presidents, as well as past and present members of the Division Executive Committee.

Past Recipients

2014: Robin Lea West, PhD

2013: Richard Schulz, PhD