Awards and Honours

The awards on offer in 2020 are:

Closing date for nominations/applications for these awards and scholarships is 1 July 2020. 

The 2019 Award Recipients

Hunter Award – Dr Gwenda Willis

Recipient of the Hunter Award, Associate Professor of Psychology Dr Gwenda Willis has an impressive body of research in the fields of forensic/correctional psychology and sexual abuse prevention.  Her many publications, work and innovations in clinical practice have gained her international recognition among those working on the treatment of sexual abuse.  The International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ATSA) made her a Fellow of the Association in 2018.

Dr Willis has conducted research into the treatment of those who have sexually abused, and her work has made an important contribution to their effective reintegration in society.

Ballin Award – Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Waikato University clinical psychologist, Dr Waikaremona Waitoki, has made significant contributions to the development of culturally safe, effective theory and practice in clinical psychology achieved through the advancement of indigenous psychologies here and overseas.  Her published research draws on tikanga and mātauranga Māori to better understand and improve Māori people’s experiences in and of psychology.

Waikaremona’s  research  has confirmed the importance of psychology and psychologists knowing the culture they bear and acknowledging how that culture impacts on their practice with clients. She has selflessly provided mentoring and supervision to trainees and others contributing to the training of safe, ethically informed, capable practitioners to ensure better service to Māori, and all of us.  Among other contributions she has played an important part establishing and sustaining He Paiaka Tōtara, the national network of Māori psychologists.

One Maori colleague said of Waikaremoana: “She is our weaver, pulling together the threads of the small but growing Māori psychology whānau from the four winds for a range of different kaupapa.”

Dame Marie Clay Award – Valerie Bridge

The Dame Marie Clay Award recognises valuable contributions to educational and developmental psychology of NZPsS Members through original research (researcher) the dissemination of research (teacher) or best practice (exemplary practitioner). The Award is jointly supported by the NZPsS and the Marie Clay Literacy Trust.

This award recognises Valerie Bridge’s contribution to educational and developmental psychology throughout her career as an exemplary practitioner. Valerie’s work has focused on students with an intellectual disability or other complex needs, supporting them, their whanau, and schools. In doing so, she has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the curriculum and the ways in which psychological practice can enable these vulnerable students to have holistic school experiences. Ministry of Education recognition of Valerie’s expertise has seen her included in regional and national working parties, her contribution to Te Kete Ipurangi (the Ministry’s national website supporting teachers, parents, and whanau) exemplifies her quality work. Over her long career Valerie has been an outstanding advocate for young people with severe disability, working tirelessly with energy and enthusiasm to ensure they and those educating them at home and school are supported.

G.V. Goddard Early Career Award – Research and Scholarship Award – Matthew Hammond

Dr Matthew Hammond has made substantial contributions to research.  His original contributions include adding to our psychological understanding of the intricate interplay between interpersonal and intergroup factors in the maintenance of inequitable gendered relations.  An example of Matthew’s work includes studies showing that women in a long-term heterosexual relationship who perceive their long-term partner strongly endorses benevolent sexism increased their support for that form of sexism.

Matthew’s research involves sophisticated methodological and analytic tools that are employed in pushing the bounds of contemporary social science research in important areas.

Postgraduate Psychology Student Social Justice Research Scholarship Award – Caitlin Helme

Caitlin Helme is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Degree at Massey University, Wellington.  Her PhD research topic is “Sexual Violence in the Disability Community: Lived experiences, intersectional identity, and service provider responsiveness.”

This research addresses the issue of sexual violence and access to services for people in the disability community.  The particular needs of people with disabilities when attempting to access services following experiences of sexual violence are often overlooked in both research and service provision. Through gathering, analysing, and writing the narratives of responses to sexual violence, the research aims to develop a greater understanding of access barriers and treatment issues for people with disabilities and other non-dominant and marginalised identities.  Indigenous identities are included in the intersectional approach taken in this research.   When considering broader issues of social justice and equity, this research will provide an important and original contribution to the development of our understanding of sexual violence, along with access to appropriate treatments and services in New Zealand.

Caitlin identifies as a member of the disabled community and is well positioned to conduct this research with some insider knowledge and experience in this community.

Fellowships

The Society recognises and celebrates the achievements and contributions of its members through a prestigious honours system of Fellowships and Associate Fellowships.

Scholarships

Karahipi Tumuaki- The President’s Scholarship – Closing Date extended to 1 November 2019
The Society offers the Karahipi Tumuaki President’s Scholarship which recognises research that is Māori centred and of value to the Māori community. The Scholarship is valued at $5000 plus one year’s free membership of the Society. If the recipient is a Full Member of the Society, the subscription fee will be waived for one year. If the recipient is not a member, they will receive a year’s free subscribership to the Society. This scholarship is offered each year.

Download Karahipi 2019 information

Download Karahipi 2019 application form

Postgraduate Student Social Justice Research Scholarship – Closing Date 1 July 2020
The postgraduate student social justice research scholarship was established in 2017 to support the research of NZPsS student subscribers in the area of social justice.
This scholarship is intended to support students studying psychology to conduct research on a significant social justice issue e.g. poverty, social inequality, discrimination etc. as part of a recognized post-graduate degree in psychology at a New Zealand university.

Download Student Social Justice Scholarship guidelines.

Download Student Social Justice Scholarship Application Form 2020

Awards

The Society offers a number of awards. These are:

C.J. Adcock Award (offered in 2020)

The Adcock Award recognises an individual who has made valuable and significant contributions to scholarship and research in psychology in the past five years in a range of fields of psychology. The award is offered every 4 years. C.J. Adcock Award

Goddard Early Career Award -Achievement and Excellence in Applied Psychology (offered in 2020) 
This award recognises early career achievement and excellence in applied and professional psychology. Recipients need not be current members of the Society at the time of nomination but they do need to be eligible for membership. The award is offered every two years. Goddard Applied Psychology Award

Public Interest Award (offered in 2020)
The Public Interest Award recognises valuable contributions to psychology in the service of the public interest. This award is open to members and non-members of the Society. The award is offered every four years. Public Interest Award

Jamieson Award (not offered in 2020) 
The Jamieson Award recognises significant contributions of NZPsS members to I/O psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The award is offered every 4 years. Jamieson Award

Dame Marie Clay award (not offered in 2020)
The Dame Marie Clay Award recognises valuable contributions to educational and developmental psychology of NZPsS Members through original research (researcher) the dissemination of research (teacher) or best practice (exemplary practitioner). This award is offered every two years. Dame Marie Clay Award.

Goddard Early Career Award -Achievement and Excellence in Research and Scholarship (not offered in 2020) 
This award recognises early career achievement and excellence in research and scholarship in basic psychological science. Nominees are not required to be current members of the Society at the time of nomination but they do need to be eligible for membership. The award is offered every two years. Goddard Research Award.

Hunter Award (not offered in 2020)
The Hunter Award recognises and encourages excellence in scholarship, research, and professional achievement in psychology. This award is offered every 3 years. Hunter Award

Ballin Award (not offered in 2020)
Awarded to a Member/Fellow of the Society who is deemed to have made a notably significant contribution in the Aotearoa New Zealand context, to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology. The award is offered every 4 years. Ballin Award

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