This award has been developed and approved by the Div. 34 membership to recognize innovative achievements of an individual working within the division’s interest areas of ecopsychology, environmental, population and/or conservation psychology. Innovations may be in basic or applied psychology and can take the form of novel and high-impact scholarship, theory, methods, findings, practices, policies and/or pedagogy (or, most likely, a combination of these contributions). The ultimate aim of the award is to recognize individuals who are making a significant, positive difference in areas related to the application of psychological insights to improving environmental outcomes and human well-being.
Criteria that will be used to judge potential award recipients include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Evidence of impact on improving real-world outcomes related to the built and natural environment as well as human population more broadly.
- Use of novel approaches to addressing important issues of human population, ecopsychology and/or environmental conservation, which may include integrating previously separated methodologies, theories, etc.
- Proven leadership within and beyond the Div. 34 community in the areas of environment, population and/or conservation.
Nominees need not be current members of the division, but their innovative research and/or practice should reflect clearly the division's aims and focus on environmental, population and conservation psychology. The award is open but not limited to early career psychologists. The award includes a certificate, an invitation to give an address at the upcoming APA convention and a complimentary one-year membership in the division for the following calendar year.
Nominations should consist of a detailed statement indicating why the nominee is a worthy candidate for the Innovation Award, as well as one or more supporting letters from others who endorse the nomination. The candidate's curriculum vitae should also be submitted at the time of nomination, if available.
Send your nominations along with any questions about the award to the chair of the Awards Committee, Ezra Markowitz. The deadline for receipt is Dec. 1.
The review panel will include the awards committee members.