APA Awards

Awards Given By The American Psychological Association

Congratulations to Leonard Jason: 2015 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research

Leonard Jason

For extraordinary lifetime contribution Leonard A. Jason received APA’s 2015 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. Lenny Jason is a prolific innovator in the study of new topics in clinical-community psychology. Lenny is a Professor of Psychology at DePaul University and the Director of the Center for Community Research who is completing his 40th year as a DePaul faculty member.  

Lenny is among the pre-eminent clinical-community behavioral health psychologists in the United States and has led scientific study in three areas of clinical-community psychology. He has developed and empirically verified the value of new ways of reducing underage youth’s access to tobacco. These approaches have been implemented in communities across the nation. Due to this work, he was asked to testify at Congressional hearings on the tobacco settlement.

Second, he has played a major role in establishing the scientific basis of chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Because of his work, Lenny was asked to Chair the US Research Sub-Committee of the CFS Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations on CFS/ME for the Secretary of HHS. Third, Lenny’s work has demonstrated the effectiveness of recovery homes run by people recovering from alcoholism, known as Oxford Houses, in preventing residents from relapsing.  With about 1700 homes, Oxford Houses are the largest organized system of recovery homes in the U.S. His research led to SAMHSA determining that Oxford Houses were an empirically validated approach for substance abuse recovery.

In addition, Lenny has edited or written 23 books, and he has published over 600 articles and 75 book chapters in community psychology. Consequently, his work has been widely cited and he has served on the editorial boards of ten psychological journals. 

Past APA Award Winners

Lonnie Snowden: 2014 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Tom Wolff: 2014 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice

Gary Melton: 2014 Winner of APA Senior Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

Michelle Fine: 2013 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Keith Humphreys: 2009 Winner of APA Award for Early Career Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

Rebecca Campbell: 2008 Winner of APA Award for Early Career Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

Gary W. Harper: 2007 Winner of APA Award for Early Career Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

James G. Kelly: 1997 Winner of APA Award for Senior Career Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

Emory L. Cowen: 1989 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Gary Melton: 1985 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

Seymour Sarason: 1984 Winner of APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest