Fellows Committee Report

Introducing new fellows for Division 20 and the process on how to become a fellow.

By John C. Cavanaugh, PhD

I am very pleased to report that Division 20 has four new initial fellows: Daniel Segal, MD (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Jennifer Moye, PhD (VA Boston Healthcare System), JoNell Strough, PhD (West Virginia University and Silvia Sorensen, PhD (University of Rochester Medical Center). Please join me in congratulating all of the new Division 20 fellows!

Interested in becoming a fellow? Division 20 welcomes self- and other nominations for fellow status in APA and the Division. There are two processes:

  1. If you are currently not a fellow in any APA Division, you would be applying for initial fellow status.
  2. If you are already a fellow in another APA Division, and you are a member of Division 20, you can request consideration for Fellow status as well in Division 20. The process for each is described briefly below.

Individuals interested in nominating colleagues for fellow status can consult a list of those who currently hold fellow status in Division 20 by visiting the Division 20 website and clicking the "Membership" tab, then the "Fellows List" option in the left margin.

The entire application process is online, including the submission of all support documents and letters. The APA requirements and access to the application platform for Division 20 members to apply for Initial Fellow status are available on the APA website. You can also read the Division 20 criteria (PDF, 7KB). Nominees and potential nominees should be aware of the importance of the nominee's self-statement, which must make clear exactly how the nominee has made "unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology" (an essential APA requirement as stated on the website). Such contributions must go well beyond those typically necessary for tenure or promotion recommendations for individuals in academic positions, for example. Also, although not mandatory, evidence of involvement in APA in general and Division 20 in particular is very helpful and greatly strengthens the application. Recommenders must fill out two forms: one is called a "Worksheet" and contains a rating scale; the second form (the "Fellow Status Evaluation Form") includes the actual letter of recommendation. Nominees are expected to send both of these forms to their recommenders (unless someone else is handling the entire nomination process). All of the materials for Initial Fellow applications must be submitted to JoNell Strough no later than Dec. 1, 2013.

The application process for individuals who are already fellows of an APA Division is far simpler, requiring only a current CV and brief cover letter sent directly to JoNell Strough. The deadline for submitting materials for current fellows is April 1, 2014.

Please contact the incoming committee chair, JoNell Strough, if you have any questions.