This award recognizes outstanding psychologists who demonstrate a history of excellence in innovative training and teaching in APPIC member internship and postdoctoral training programs, and have a history of outstanding work on an APPIC standing Committee.

Awardee: Brenda J. Huber, Ph.D., ABPP

· Director of the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University and Training Director of the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium

· She is incredibly generative, mentoring countless students and colleagues. She has created and managed a very large state-wide internship consortium spanning rural, suburban, and urban settings in a variety of care contexts. She has generously shared this expertise in consortia in her role as an APPIC Mentor for consortia

· As a longtime member and former chair of the APPIC Internship Membership Review Committee she has been an enthusiastic and generous member of the APPIC community, having transformed the Internship Membership Review Committee to create the effective and efficient process that guides the review of APPIC member internships.




This award was established to honor Connie Hercey’s 20+ years of service to APPIC as Executive Director before her retirement in 2010. The award will be presented as qualified recipients are nominated, with preference given to those who have served APPIC well over time in a meaningful way through service, projects, and leadership roles.

Awardee: Eugene D'Angelo, Ph.D., ABPP

· Gene served as chair of APPIC in 2011-2012.

· While chair, he developed first Uniform Notification Date for postdoctoral fellowships

· He also wrote the initial draft of the revised eligibility criteria for participation in the APPIC Match

· He is now is chair of APPIC SRC and serves on the CoA

· Gene is gentle, compassionate, gives his time and energy to APPIC without hesitation, respectful of everyone's opinion, seeks input from all stakeholders, and an intelligent leader.

· His dedication to APPIC reminds us of the dedication that Connie Hercey is known for...




This award is given to stimulate, recognize, and reward contributions to scholarly and applied knowledge related to psychology education and training, and is a collaborative effort between APPIC and TEPP. An outstanding contribution is broadly defined to include exceptional empirical, theoretical, conceptual, applied, and/or methodological contributions that substantially and significantly advance a particular topic or area within psychology education or training. The TEPP editorial staff nominates one paper per TEPP volume year to be considered by the APPIC Board.

Samantha D. Price, Ph.D.
Jennifer L. Callahan, Ph.D., ABPP
Randall J. Cox, Ph.D.

· Price, S. D., Callahan, J. L., & Cox, R. J. (2017). Psychometric investigation of competency benchmarks. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11(3), 128-139.

· The was the first psychometric study of the competency Benchmarks. Data drew from supervisors’ ratings of competency pertaining to 94 doctoral trainees enrolled in three levels of practicum within 3 PhD programs in the psychology department in a large, public university. Using an item response theory approach to analyze 270 competency evaluations, foundational competencies were rated as significantly higher than functional competencies and competencies were shown to improve significantly across training levels.




This award recognizes outstanding psychologists who demonstrate a history of excellence in innovative diversity training and teaching in APPIC member internship and postdoctoral training programs.

Awardee: Marisol Muñoz-Keihne, Ph.D.

Nominated by Dr. Laura Siacca

· Associate Clinical Director (Internship) Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

· Been intensively involved in the internship training program for 24 years

· She spearheaded the development of the Latino Family Health internship track, which specifically recruits and trains bilingual interns to serve primarily Spanish-speaking clients in outpatient mental health and community settings

· As the primary supervisor for the Latino Family track, Marisol not only delivers clinical supervision in Spanish but also leads a weekly seminar, community field trips, and brings in outside speakers who represent an impressive array of Latinx psychologists serving the community.

· A really innovative training opportunity includes Marisol's involvement of interns in the weekly production of a Spanish language broadcast media program on health and wellness. Interns are trained to serve as writers, guest panelists, and radio show producers, learning the intricacies of delivering effective community outreach and education to reduce mental health stigma and disparities in access to care.

· Throughout her time at Marin County, she has consistently received glowing evaluations from trainees regarding the outstanding quality of her diversity training and supervision.




This award provides recognition of individuals for distinguished achievement in training and teaching in APPIC Member internship and postdoctoral training settings.

Awardee: Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.

· University of Chicago SOM Training Director (Internship and Postdoc)

· She is adored by her interns as evidenced by being awarded Instructor of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015

· In addition to teaching didactics and providing supervision in traditional clinical rotations, she created a unique rotation in Psychology Training, Administration, and Supervision: providing psychology interns preliminary didactic and experiential education in running a training program and becoming a clinical supervisor.

· She regularly disseminates her expertise in evidence based supervision via conference presentations including an upcoming presentation at this conference on managing competence problems.

· Her thoughtful and compelling nomination letter truly illustrated that Shona is hitting outstanding training on all cylinders.
I.e., she is doing it extremely well on the individual level (highly personalizing training and providing constructive and well-timed feedback), On the local level (developing innovative rotations) and at national level (disseminating research on supervision).