In this issue
Call for nominations for Div. 37 awards
Div. 37 is soliciting nominees for the two major awards of the division : the Nicholas Hobbs Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Child Advocacy Award. All interested parties are invited to submit nominations.
The Nicholas Hobbs Award can be presented annually to a psychologist who exemplifies the ideals and devotion to child advocacy/policy characterized by Nicholas Hobbs. Hobbs was a charter member of Div. 37 whose life and work represented the values of the division. Hobbs was the first director of the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development at George Peabody College, provost of Vanderbilt University (1967-75) and then became the director of the Center for the Study of Families and Children at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies. His legacy and work continues today through the Nicholas Hobbs Laboratory of Human Development on the Peabody-Vanderbilt campus. During Hobbs' era, he developed Project Re-Ed — a controlled research model for children with emotional and behavioral problems and a program model subsequently adopted in several states. He also helped develop innovative research and training programs, and subsequent policy changes, for children with mental retardation and children with chronic illness. Hobbs' work also extended to the Peace Corps where he was the first director of selection and research for the Corps. Hobbs' work and contributions led APA to award him the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award and the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award. He also served as president of APA. Graduates who have worked with Hobbs loved his courses and found him to be a superb role model and outstanding professor and mentor.
The Distinguished Contribution to Child Advocacy Award may be presented annually to a non-psychologist who has made significant contributions to advocacy on behalf of children, youth and families.
See a list of past recipients.