John Santos Distinguished Program Development in Clinical Gerontology Award

American Psychological Association

This award was established by the Executive Committee of Div. 20 in 2009, to recognize the important contributions of psychologists and students in psychology who worked with older adults. The award is named after John Santos, a longtime board member of the Retirement Research Fund who recognized that psychology, like other health professions, was having difficulty getting its students interested in work with older adults. He used his discretionary funds to fund conferences on clinical psychological issues in older adults. He then broadened the use of his funds to recognize the work of psychologists and students in psychology who work with older adults. Applicants for this award must be nominated and endorsed by a Division 20 member.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Major/Career:
    Psychologists and students in psychology
  • Miscellaneous:
    Nominees need not be members of Div. 20 but they must be nominated and endorsed by a division member.
  • Other Benefits:
    The recipient will be presented with a plaque

Application Details

  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    - A brief statement by the nominee of his or her current work and future plans.
  • Other Materials:
    - A letter of nomination (by a Div. 20 member) describing the specific program(s) in which the nominee has provided leadership.- A current CV of the nominee.- Evidence of the positive impact of the contribution(s) on older persons.- At least two additional letters of support. One letter must be from a Div. 20 member and one from someone who was in a position to see the effects of the program or were a participant in the program.

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