Hi All – It is an honor to Chair this important Fellows committee that has been Chaired by Laurie Pearlman for many years. Laurie, thanks for your service and helping so many of us achieve Fellow status in the Division.
I recently put together our new illustrious Committee: I am delighted to report that Charles Figley, who chaired the Committee at the inception of the Division, will continue on the committee. We have two new members, Melba Vasquez (Former APA President) and Bonnie Green (Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Medical School).
Fellow status in APA is given to those who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to the field of trauma psychology. Their distinguished contributions are the foundation on which the future of trauma psychology builds. Fellows make on-going contributions to science, practice, and public policy through activities in this Division and in the field of psychology. Applications for fellow status are coordinated by the Fellows Committee.
There are two types of Fellows Applications: Initial Fellows & Current Fellows
A. APA members who are not Fellows of any APA division must meet APA Initial Fellow criteria, apply for Fellow Status according to APA procedures, and complete forms via the APA application portal below.
In addition to meeting APA Fellow criteria, applicants must meet two or more of the specific Division 56 Fellow criteria, listed below.
1. Being a pioneer in the recognition and application of trauma psychology.
2. Making important contributions to the scholarly literaturein the field of trauma psychology.
3. Producing consistently outstanding instructional or training programs that educate the next generation of trauma psychologists or developing important innovations in teaching or education in the field.
4. Demonstrating consistently outstanding clinical work with the traumatized as recognized by international or national groups through citations, awards, and other methods of recognition.
5. Demonstrating consistently outstanding public service relevant to trauma psychology over many years that might include (a) leadership within Division 56; (b) testimony about trauma psychology before courts and Congressional committees or government commissions; (c) service on review panels (e.g., NIH, NSF); or (d) public education/advocacy.
6. Demonstrating leadership in the area of trauma psychology across science, education, policy, and practice internationally and/or nationally.
Division 56 requires that all new Fellow application materials (including three letters of recommendation from APA Fellows, at least one of whom must be a Division 56 Fellow) be submitted through the APA portal by October 1, 2019. This timeframe allows the Fellows committee to review all materials, make a recommendation, and forward completed application materials to APA in time to meet their deadline.
B. If you are a current Fellow in another APA division, we ask that you write a letter describing the ways your work meets the above Division 56 Fellow criteria. We also ask for one (1) letter of recommendation from a current Division 56 Fellow (listed on our web site at http://www.apatraumadivision.org/honors.php).
We encourage all who are interested and qualified to apply! Although self-nominations are welcome, if you know of someone who qualifies for Fellow status please encourage them to apply. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process please feel free to contact me directly.