Awards & Recognition

PAA Awards

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

The nominations for 2022 closed on 30 April 2022. 

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Lifetime Achievement & Excellence Awards

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.

2022 Psychologist of the Year Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

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.  The media contribution must have taken place within the two years immediately preceding the submission date of the nomination. 

2022 John G. Paterson Media Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

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.

2022 Pettifor Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

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.

2022 Juanita Chambers Excellence in Community Service Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

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.

2022 Excellence in Clinical Supervision Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

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

2022 Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

Research Awards

Undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract of the research that has been completed and evaluated during the past two years and an endorsement letter from the supervisor. This is a monetary award of $150.00.

2022 Undergraduate Thesis Research Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

Masters-level students are invited to submit an abstract of their current research which has been completed and defended during the past two years with two letters of support from supervisors. This is a monetary award of $300.00.  

2022 Masters’ Thesis Research Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

Doctoral-level students are invited to submit an abstract of their dissertation research completed and defended during the past year alongside two letters of support, one from a supervisor and one from a dissertation committee member. This is a monetary award of $300.00.

2022 Doctoral Dissertation Research Award Nomination Form (PDF/Word)

Other Awards

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 when 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.  

PAA collaborates with the American Psychological Association for their annual 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, and winners get additional recognition from the PAA. Contact APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace program at (800) 374-2721 to find out when their awards cycle opens.

The 2021 awards were presented at the PAA Welcome to the Profession & Awards Virtual Event on Friday, September 10, 2021. You can view our event through our YouTube Channel.

The 2020 awards were presented at the PAA Welcome to the Profession & Awards Virtual Event on Friday, October 2, 2020.

The 2019 awards were presented at the PAA Welcome to the Profession & Awards Banquet on September 20, 2019, at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton.

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