Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education

An annual award for an APA member who demonstrates significant and outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology through ethics education. 


Sponsor: APA Ethics Office


This award is given annually to an APA member psychologist who demonstrates significant and outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology through ethics education activities. Previous years' award criteria have focused on innovation and overall significance of contributions to ethics education.

This year's award will recognize a psychologist whose contributions to ethics education have been primarily at the national (as opposed to the state, provincial or territorial) level. The scope of ethics education may include applications to special populations or specific types of ethical issues.

A wide range of ethics education activities will be considered, such as presentations, courses and workshops, publications and online and other media presentations. This award is intended to recognize outstanding and innovative ethics education contributions, to promote and stimulate these activities, and to disseminate ethics education innovations.

The award recipient will receive a plaque and citation during the Ethics Committee's program at the APA Annual Convention.


Individuals currently serving on the APA Ethics Committee and APA Ethics Office Staff are not eligible to receive the award and letters of recommendation will not be accepted from current Ethics Committee members and associates.

How to Apply

Nominations and self-nominations are considered by the APA Ethics Committee each year. All nominations should be accompanied by:

  • A statement addressing how the nominee meets the award selection criteria.
  • A copy of the nominee's CV, highlighting ethics education and outreach activities. 

Nominations should be submitted via email with the subject heading "2019 Ethics Educator Award" by Monday, June 3, 2019.

Past Recipients

Celia B. Fisher, PhD


Mary Alice Fisher, PhD 


Michael C. Gottlieb, PhD 


John D. Gavazzi, PsyD 


Erica H. Wise, PhD 


Donald Joseph Brunnquell, PhD 


Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD 


Karen S. Kitchener, PhD 


Samuel J. Knapp, EdD