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Awards

2020 Application Cycle Open Through July 1

These awards recognize laudable contributions to the field of psychology.

Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award ($10,000 Stipend)

This award, named in honor of the National Register’s current Executive Officer, is presented annually to a currently enrolled student in good standing in an APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program in psychology. The award is designed to further the development of clinically oriented research project to optimize the contributions of health service psychologists in the broader healthcare environment and will further the National Register’s goals of increasing the recognition of psychology’s role in interprofessional health service delivery. The Register desires to support the development of clinician researchers by emphasizing projects that demonstrate the efficacy of psychological interventions in applied settings. Specifically, the award supports an original research project that advances our understanding of the effectiveness of psychological interventions and their contribution toward improved patient outcomes.

The recipient will receive a plaque, a check for $10,000 to fund their project, and an award citation in the Journal of Health Service Psychology.

Review some frequently asked questions about this award.

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Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award ($10,000 Stipend)

This award, named in honor of the National Register’s Executive Officer from 1990 through 2013, is presented annually to a National Register credentialed psychologist with fewer than 10 years of postdoctoral experience. Successful research projects will outline a strategy aimed at enhancing the contributions of psychology to health care. Such proposals may examine the effectiveness of newly devised interventions in specific populations or they may evaluate the outcome of specific interventions in various populations or patient groups. Implementation projects may examine broad topical areas such as the effectiveness of psychological interventions as a factor in enhancing population health or the cost-efficacy of utilizing health service psychologists as standalone providers or members of an interdisciplinary team.  Studies examining the efficacy of psychological interventions to mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences or negative social determinants of health would also qualify. Non-applied studies or proposals for funding to enhance an individual or group practice are not eligible.

The recipient will receive a plaque, a check for $10,000 to fund their project, and an award citation in the Journal of Health Service Psychology.

Review some frequently asked questions about this award.

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Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Awards (Research Excellence and Clinical Excellence)

These awards, named in honor of the National Register’s first Executive Officer, are the highest honors bestowed by the National Register. They commemorate numerous, significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career. The recipients will receive a plaque and an award citation in the Journal of Health Service Psychology.

The research excellence award will honor a recipient who has made—through education, training, and research—a significant contribution toward health service psychology. The clinical excellence award will be presented to a psychologist outside of an academic or training setting who has demonstrated—via clinical innovation, outreach, education, legislative engagement, or policy and social advocacy—that they have advanced the provision of health service psychology.

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Award Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the application form for a full outline of eligibility, project scope requirements, and instructions. Upon conferral of the award, we invite the awardee to provide us with applicable project updates and a copy of any publications resulting from completion of the project. Awardees are also encouraged, but not required, to submit a project-related manuscript for consideration to the National Register’s peer-reviewed Journal of Health Service Psychology.

There is no fee associated with requesting an application, which is a necessary step to be considered for the Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award. Application fees apply when you start the credential review process at a later time.

Successful applications will outline project expenses and a reasonable timeline for completion of the project, but once the award is disbursed there is no ongoing monitoring of the project.

Yes, the stipend is disbursed directly to the awardee—not to an institution. Funds such as these are generally considered taxable income. Taxes will not be withheld from the award and the awardee is responsible for any declaration of income associated with tax filings.

These answers to frequently asked questions are applicable to the Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award and the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award.

Please make sure to review the full award application form for full details on eligibility, project requirements, necessary award application documents, and other details. If you still have questions, please let us know!

Jordana Sommer

2019 National Register Doctoral Student Award Winner

I am honoured and grateful to receive this award from the National Register. This award will support my doctoral research, which will investigate the impact of a novel preoperative virtual reality simulation on preoperative distress in breast cancer surgery patients. If proven effective, we hope to adapt the simulation for other surgical samples.

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