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PAA Awards

PAA recognizes companies, psychologists and other individuals through a series of awards on an annual basis. 

Nominations may be submitted at anytime, however, the deadline date for the next award nominations is 30 April 2019

Lifetime Achievement & Excellence Awards

Psychologists of the Year Award

This award is extended to qualifying PAA members to celebrate excellent work being conducted in the field of psychology. This non-monetary award is designed to acknowledge significant achievement or contributions over the previous two year period in any of the following categories – advocacy, clinical / counselling, school / educational, developmental, social, industrial / organizational, and research.

Nomination Form

John G. Paterson Award

This award is presented to a psychologist or non-psychologist for their exceptional contribution to portraying psychological knowledge to the public through the media of radio, television, print or electronic communications.  Media contribution to have taken place within two years immediately preceding the submission date of the nomination. 

Nomination Form

 The Jean & Dick Pettifor Memorial Award

This award is presented to qualifying PAA members for outstanding career achievements in, or contributions to, the field of psychology.  This award celebrates a long-time enduring contribution to the field of psychology, either within the province of Alberta or in the broader national and international domains.

Nomination Form 

 The Juanita Chambers Excellence in Community Service Award

This award is presented to a psychologist or non-psychologist, in recognition of important work in advancing psychological health, well being and quality of life for Albertans through service to the community or advocacy.

Nomination Form 

 Excellence in Clinical Supervision Award

This award is presented to a registered psychologist whose performance in supervising one or more individuals in any practice area is deemed exemplary during the previous two year period.

Nomination Form 

Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award

This award is be presented to to a psychologist or non-psychologist who demonstrates “outstanding” teaching of psychology in an Alberta Government approved/authorized institution for post-secondary education.

Nomination Form 

Research Awards

Undergraduate Thesis Research Award

Undergraduate students are invited to submit a summary of their thesis research of three pages or less based on research which has been completed and evaluated during the past two years. This is a monetary award of $150.00. 

Nomination Form

 Doctoral Dissertation Research Award 

Doctoral level students are invited to submit a summary of their dissertation research of five pages or less based on current research which has been completed and defended during the past year.  This is a monetary award of $300.00. Nomination Form

Masters’ Thesis Research Award

Masters level students are invited to submit a summary of their thesis research of five pages or less based on current research which has been completed and defended during the past two years.  This is a monetary award of $300.00.

Nomination Form 

More Awards

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Behavioural Science Award

This award was presented for the first time at the Calgary Youth Science Fair in 2004 and for the first time at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair in 2005.  In 2006, the award was presented for the first time at the Central Alberta Science Fair in Red Deer.  The award is given to the best senior project demonstrating insight into the psychological study of behaviour, emotion and/or cognition.  If no senior project is suitable, the prize may be awarded to an appropriate intermediate or elementary project at the discretion of the judging committee. 

PAA will be continuing its support in presenting an award at all three science fairs in 2019 if a suitable project is submitted.  There is no call for nominations for these awards, the awards are presented based on the judging committee at the youth science fairs.  

Psychologically Healthy Workplace 

PAA collaborates with the American Psychological Association for their annual The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards which are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Honors is an annual recognition program open to all employers throughout the United States and Canada. Organizations of all types — large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit — are encouraged to apply. Alberta applicants get assistance with their application from the PAA Public Education & Workplace Wellness Committee & winners get additional recognition from the PAA. All nomination information is available at https://www.apaexcellence.org/awards/

The 2018 Awards were presented at the PAA Awards & Welcome to the Profession Banquet on 21 September 2018 at Hyatt Regency, Calgary.  

Congratulations to all the 2018 & Previous Award Winners.