For Immediate Release

Contact: Catherine Rothwell, catherine@nationalregister.org, 202-783-7663.

June 26, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is proud to present the 2018 Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award to Walter E. Penk, PhD, ABPP.

The award, named after the first Executive Officer, Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, is the highest honor bestowed on a Registrant by the National Register to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career.

Dr. Penk was selected for the Wellner award based on his numerous achievements, including his extensive work researching treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Penk was honored for his lifetime of service to the VA, leadership in developing and implementing innovative treatments for veterans, and the supervision and mentorship he has provided to a generation of clinicians.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Penk said, “I thank National Register for recognizing my work as a psychologist, and work carried out with colleagues to support veterans returning home from war. And our efforts must continue, especially for all who were traumatized while protecting us all, as they recover and flourish in their studies and their work.”

Dr. Penk is a licensed psychologist in clinical psychology, specializing in treatment and rehabilitation of PTSD and addictions. Additionally, Dr. Penk is a specialist in neuropsychological treatment of traumatic brain injuries. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Texas A&M College of Medicine, serves as a consultant to the Veterans Health Administration’s VISN 17 VA Center of Excellence in Stress Disorders Research and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development in Washington, DC, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Penk's research and more than 180 publications focus on validating treatments for co-occurring PTSD, addictions, and other mental disorders. He is the recipient of the 2003 APA Presidential Citation, the 2003 Distinguished Career Award from the VA, APA's Division 18 2006 Harold Hildreth Award, the 2007 American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Award, APF's 2015 Gold Medal in Life Achievement for Practice of Psychology, and APA's Division 19 2017 Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award.

Dr. Penk has been credentialed by the National Register since 1982.

This announcement will also be featured in the National Register's Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of Health Service Psychology.

About the National Register of Health Service Psychologists

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