Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Exercise and Sport Psychology

This award recognizes a sport psychologist or training program that over time has consistently provided significant contributions to education and training in Exercise and Sport Psychology. Alternatively, the award may recognize a sport psychologist or training program that has made a single major contribution to the field. The Awards Committee will consider a wide range of individuals/programs with differing accomplishments including those who make traditional contributions, provide innovations or who are involved in developmental phases of programs that influence education and training.


  • influence on educating and training students

  • important research on education or training

  • development of effective materials for instruction

  • establishment of workshops, conferences, or networks of communication for education and training

  • achievement and leadership in administration that facilitate education and training

  • activity in professional organizations that promote excellence.

How To Apply

To be considered for the award, the individual

  • must be a current member of Division 47

  • A letter of nomination outlining specific and consistently excellent contributions,

  • a current vita, and

  • the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of three sport psychologists familiar with the nominee’s work

This must be sent to Past-President who chairs the Awards Committee. All nominations must be received by December 31st of the year before the award is presented.

Past Recipients

2013: Sport and Exercise Psychology Program at West Virginia University
2009: Edward Etzel, EdD
2005: Michael Sachs, PhD
2001: Dan Gould, PhD