Div. 32 Awards

Please honor the best and the most accomplished of our colleagues who have contributed so much to the field of humanistic psychology. Information about nominations is included below. Contact Theopia Jackson or the current Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP) president for more information about nominations.

Abraham Maslow Award

The Abraham Maslow Div. 32 Heritage Award is given to an individual for an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of human spirit.

Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology

The Distinguished Lifetime Contributions Award is given to an individual in recognition of distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology.

Carl Rogers Award

The Carl Rogers Award is given to an individual for an outstanding contribution to the theory and practice of humanistic psychology.

Carmi Harari Early and Mid-Career Awards

This Div. 32 Early and Mid-Career Awards are given for contributions in the areas of inquiry, application and social action. The Div. 32 Early Career Award is given to psychologists, no more than 10 years after receiving their PhD. The Div. 32 Mid-Career Award is given to psychologists, 10-20 years after receiving their PhD.

Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award

The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award is given to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology.

Eleanor Criswell Hanna Award Celebrating Women in Humanistic Psychology

This Div. 32 award celebrating women in humanistic psychology is given annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to women in the field of humanistic psychology.

Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Div. 32 Memorial Award is given to an individual in recognition of distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology (within five years of death).

Mike Arons and E. Mark Stern Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service to the Society for Humanistic Psychology

This Div. 32 Outstanding Lifetime Service Award is given to an individual who has, throughout their career, given sustained loyal service to the society.

Rollo May Award

The Rollo May Award is given to an individual for independent and outstanding pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology.

Sidney M. Jourard Student Award Symposium

The Sidney M. Jourard Student Award is a poster competition; winners are presented at the annual Div. 32 conference.

Award Nominations and Selection Procedures

Selection for the Heritage Award will be completed for the APA Meeting 1.5 years in advance to accommodate early programming deadlines and announcements required by APA. An unlimited number of awards of any kind (one per category) can be made in any given year.

  • Awards chair: The chair of the Awards Committee will receive all nominations in June. Self nominations are not accepted. The chair will contact nominees to inform them that they have been nominated for an award, explain award procedures and provide a timeline for the process.
  • Voting: The Awards Committee chair will distribute the top six nominations to the Executive Committee. The committee will have one month to discuss nominations and decide on candidates.
  • Final vote: The names of the top six candidates will be brought to the midwinter meeting for discussion and a final vote. Only these names will be considered at the midwinter meeting. The following procedure will be used: Each individual voting board member will have six votes, any of which can be "non of the above," to allow for no award to be granted that year. Nominees with no votes and nominee with the least number of votes will be dropped from the ballot in a given year but may be reconsidered for two consecutive years once they have been nominated.
  • Specification of awards: The board will decide which award will be given to each winner.
  • Requirements of awardees: Awardees must accept the award and give a brief address at APA's annual convention (for the year awarded). Under extraordinary circumstances (i.e., medical, death in family), the awardees who cannot attend may send in a paper and have their award accepted in absentia. Div. 32 does not reimburse award recipients for travel and expenses.

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