NJPA Awards

2020 Nominations Manual

PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

Recognize and nominate a fellow member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of psychology through demonstrated excellence in practice, research, or teaching.  Recipients will be selected by the Nominations Committee and Psychologist of the Year Subcommittee based upon how well they meet the criteria of the award. 

The Psychologist of the Year Award is presented to an NJPA member who meets the following criteria:
1. Made important contributions to the profession of psychology in New Jersey (Demonstrated excellence in psychology either through practice, research, and /or teaching.)
2. Made important contributions made to the profession through service to NJPA
3. Is a valuable asset to the association, through his/her character and unique professional abilities.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Awarded to a non-psychologist who has made significant contributions to the ideals of mental health or social welfare.  Recipients will be selected by the NJPA Executive Board based upon how well they meet the criteria of the award.

Nominations should consist of several paragraphs detailing why this individual deserves the honor and the CV of the nominee.  Supporting documentation may also be enclosed.  Please take the time to think of someone you admire and/or appreciate that you wish to nominate.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees

The NJPA Lifetime Achievement Award, the association’s highest honor, recognizes exceptional leadership in the form of enduring and exemplary contributions to NJPA, over a sustained period of time, which collectively, has significantly enhanced the association’s ability to positively impact the lives and careers of its members, as well as advancing the field of psychology in New Jersey, and beyond.  It is suggested that the candidates be at least 65 years of age, however remarkable life circumstances will be taken into consideration for those candidates under 65 years of age.

Any member of NJPA can nominate a fellow member for this award by submitting a detailed statement (up to 500 words) demonstrating how the nominee meets the outlined criteria and why he/she deserves this honor.  Supporting documentation may be enclosed.  The Nominations Committee will accept names of suggested nominees each year, but will award nominees based on merit and presentation opportunity. This award need not be presented on a yearly basis. Nominations will be reviewed by the NJPA Nominations and Leadership Development Committee (N&LD) and a recommended slate of candidates will be presented to the NJPA Executive Board based on how well each meets the criteria and spirit of the award.  Not all nominees will necessarily be included in the recommended slate.  The slate will be approved by the NJPA Executive Board.

Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award 
Dr. Moldawsky was a true champion for the profession of psychology and a sought after mentor for psychologists. In April, the NJPA Executive Board decided to honor his amazing professional life by establishing the NJPA Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award. The award will recognize an NJPA member who exhibits exceptional leadership, over a sustained period of time, in the form of enduring and exemplary contributions to mentoring new psychologists and/or graduate doctoral level students that, in turn, will significantly enhance the association’s ability to positively impact the lives and careers of its new membership, as well as advancing the field of psychology in New Jersey, and beyond.  

Any member of NJPA can nominate a fellow member for this award by submitting a detailed statement (up to 500 words) demonstrating how the nominee meets the outlined criteria and why he/she deserves this honor.  A current CV and supporting documentation are required.  The Nominations Committee will accept names of suggested nominees each year but will award nominees based on merit and presentation opportunity. This award need not be presented on a yearly basis. Nominations will be reviewed by the NJPA Nominations and Leadership Development Committee (N&LD) and a recommended slate of candidates will be presented to the NJPA Executive Board based on how well each meets the criteria and spirit of the award.  Not all nominees will necessarily be included in the recommended slate.  The slate will be approved by the NJPA Executive Board. 

Jane Selzer Membership Recognition Award

Ms. Jane Selzer was a long time employee of NJPA and passionately involved with NJPA membership. She retired in 2015. To acknowledge her long standing service to NJPA, and in an effort to publicly acknowledge and recognize those members who contribute so much to NJPA in so many diverse ways, the NJPA Membership Committee renamed this established award after her to recognize members who add value to NJPA every day. Any member of NJPA can nominate a fellow member for this award by submitting a detailed statement (up to 500 words) demonstrating how the nominee meets the outlined criteria and why he/she deserves this honor. A current CV shall be included and supporting documentation may be enclosed. 

The Dawn Gemeinhardt Student of Excellence Award 

This award is to serve as appreciation for the efforts of NJPAGS members who have gone beyond expectations.  It seeks to recognize outstanding student leaders and to encourage them to continue on their leadership path.  Focus areas may include, but are not limited to, creating programs to raise consciousness to issues of diversity, advocating for the needs of graduate students, creating programs to service the needs of graduate students, facilitating communication between NJPA committees and NJPAGS, and recruitment of new members. 

Eligibility 

Student nominees must: 

  • Be an active member of NJPAGS including both Board and General members
  • Be enrolled in a graduate psychology program
  • Have demonstrated a significant contribution to NJPAGS  
Nomination Form


Academic and Scientific Affairs Awards

Legislator of the Year Award