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The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles has demonstrated positive impact on, or significant illumination of the ecology of, communities or community settings, and has significantly benefited the practice of community psychology.
The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative research and scholarship has resulted in a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in Community Psychology. This award was initiated in 1974.
On occasion, by vote of the Executive Committee, the Society gives a special award to a person inside or outside of community psychology who has advanced the interests or goals of the field. The Special Contribution Award is granted for a contribution that is outside of the scope of other SCRA sponsored awards. Reasons for recognition could include, but are not limited to, advancing public policy, having an impact on legislation; bringing significant resources to the field, or contributing to the development of the field by, for example, mentoring others.
The Society for Community Research and Action grants an annual dissertation award to the best dissertation identified on a topic in the field of community psychology completed during the prior two years. The Dissertation Award was established in 1982.
The Society for Community Research and Action grants an annual dissertation award to the best dissertation identified on a topic relevant to positive well-being and the prevention of dysfunction completed during the prior two years. The Dissertation Award was established in 1997.
The Ethnic and Minority Mentoring Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to the mentoring- of ethnic minority community psychologists in academic settings. It was established in 1991 and is given to a SCRA member who has had a positive impact on an ethnic minority graduate student or beginning level graduate who has consistently fostered a climate in his/her setting conducive to the growth of ethnic minority graduate students and/or beginning level graduates. The goal of the award is to acknowledge the importance of encouraging ethnic diversity within community psychology and supporting the efforts of groups of individuals who have been historically more limited in their access to higher education within our field.
The Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action was established in 1993 to recognize people working in the conceptually demanding, creative, and ground breaking tradition of Seymour B. Sarason.
The Award for Special Contributions in Public Policy is given to those individuals or organizations that have made exemplary contributions in the public policy arena. The Award allows individuals in the political arena, as well as those within international non-government agencies, to receive the recognition they deserve for public policy contributions, broadly defined.
The purpose of the Award for Excellence in Education Programs is to recognize an exemplary undergraduate and/or graduate program that has innovative structures, strategies, and curricula that promote development of the field of community psychology and community research and action.
The purpose of the Outstanding Educator Award is to recognize an SCRA member who has made exemplary and innovative contributions to the education of students about community psychology and community research and action.
The purpose of the SCRA Early Career Award is to recognize community psychologists who are making a significant contribution to the field of community psychology and to APA Division 27; Society for Community Research and Action.
The Don Klein Publication Award to Advance Community Psychology Practice is awarded biennially at the SCRA Biennial. The purpose of the award is to encourage and acknowledge excellence in promoting the field and practice of community psychology through publications with strong dissemination potential across disciplinary lines.
John Kalafat's life work integrated the principles and research of community psychology with their practical applications. John died suddenly in 2008, and he left a rich legacy in the published literature and in the many communities he helped strengthen. John was the Coordinator of the Community Psychology Concentration at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University. His gifts at bringing diverse people together led to the creation of a consensual definition of the field, and it is his vision of community psychology that is the context for these awards:
“By integrating research with action, Community Psychology seeks to understand and enhance the quality of life of individuals, communities, and societies. Community Psychology approaches are characterized by collaboration with stakeholders, interventions that focus on problem prevention and/or wellness promotion, ecological and systems levels of analysis and action, an outreach versus waiting orientation, and a commitment to the empowerment of underserved communities.”
To continue his vision, two annual awards have been created in his honor, sponsored by the Society for Community Research and Action of the American Psychological Association.
The first award will honor programs or initiatives that demonstrate a positive impact on groups or communities as validated by program evaluation; build foundational bridges between theory, research, and improving the world, and/or demonstrate excellence in integrating training and program development in crisis intervention.
The second award will be a monetary stipend to an individual who exemplifies John's unique characteristics as mentor, teacher, and advocate, and especially his passion in making the benefits of community psychology accessible to all.
In honor of Barbara Dohrenwend, on a periodic basis an invited lecture by a scholar in social and community epidemiology is delivered as part of the SCRA program at the American Psychological Association Convention.