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SPSSI Members Receive Awards for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology

10 October 2011

Cross-posted from the APA Monitor website.

A champion for social justice, minority education
October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9
Print version: page 84
APA presented an Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology Award to James M. Jones, PhD, for his 30 years of leadership of APA's Minority Fellowship Program. Throughout his tenure, Jones secured millions of dollars in federal grant money to advance the education and training of generations of minority psychologists.

"There are few individuals within and outside of APA who have been personally and institutionally responsible for the selection and funding of more racial and ethnic-minority psychologists within our field" reads the citation.
Jones, a professor of psychology and director of the Black American Studies Program at the University of Delaware, also has a tremendous commitment to social justice. He served as president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2004, and that year he helped organize a SPSSI conference to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education case. Scholars consider him to be one of the field's leading experts on prejudice and racism in academia.

A women's advocate, international leader
October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9
Print version: page 83
APA presented a 2011 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award to social psychologist and former APA President Florence L. Denmark, PhD, for her longtime commitment to women across the lifespan. Denmark's research on women and girls and advocacy for women's rights encouraged more attention to the topic from psychology and the public. "Your 50 years of activity in this sphere has changed the work and lifestyles of women everywhere," reads the citation.

Denmark's efforts to advance psychology internationally also earned her APA's top honor. She is the main representative to the United Nations for both APA and the International Council of Psychologists. She has chaired the U.N. Committee on Ageing for six years, where she has championed the mental health, well-being and human rights of older adults to U.N. leaders. Denmark is also the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Research Professor at Pace University.


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