Newman-Proshansky Career Achievement Award
The Newman-Proshansky Career Achievement Award is offered annually to recognize the achievements of an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the fields of environmental, population and/or conservation psychology. 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.
The award is named after Sidney H. Newman and Harold M. Proshansky, both early leaders in the establishment of environmental and population psychology.
Harold M. Proshansky helped give definition to the field of environmental psychology when his “Environmental Psychology in the Real World” was published in 1976. Proshansky abandoned his earlier laboratory research because he saw the methods, rather than the problem, as driving the research and sought to pursue psychological research on problems of poverty, prejudice, and group conflict. Proshansky became provost and then president of the graduate school and the university center of the City University of New York.
Sidney Newman was active in the APA Task Force on Psychology, Family Planning and Population Policy established in 1969 that brought population and human reproductive issues to broader attention in American psychology and eventually led to the formation of Div. 34. Among other positions, Newman served in the U.S. Public Health Service and in the Center for Population Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Nominations should consist of a detailed statement indicating why the nominee is a worthy candidate for the 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.
Nominees need not be current members of the division, but their body of work should reflect substantive contributions to environmental, population and/or conservation psychology.
Email your nominations along with any questions about the award to the current chair of the Awards Committee.
The annual deadline for receipt is December 1.
The review panel will include the awards committee members and a selection of recent award recipients.
- 2020: Joseph Reser
- 2019: Richard Wener
- 2018: Carol Saunders
- 2017: Barbara Brown
- 2016: Robert Gifford
- 2015: Susan Saegert
- 2014: Daniel Stokols
- 2013: Vaida D. Thompson
- 2012: Paul C. Stern
- 2011: Nancy E. Adler
- 2010: Gary W. Evans
- 2009: Joseph L. Rodgers
- 2008: Robert Sommer
- 2007: Toni L. Falbo
- 2006: Irwin Altman