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Distinguished Professional Practice Award

The Distinguished Professional Practice Award recognizes the outstanding delivery of sport and exercise psychology services to the public. The recipient receives a $500 cash award, a waived AASP Annual Conference registration fee in the year of the award, and a plaque presented at the conference.

Award Criteria
Nominees must meet the following four criteria:

  • Sustained involvement in and meaningful contributions to both the science (e.g., published papers and/or professional practice articles that are theoretically relevant, describing novel ways of applying methods used to existing literature) and the practice of systematic sport and/or exercise psychology service delivery;
  • Demonstrated quality and innovation of services that represent an exceptional practitioner-scholar model of professional practice;
  • Significant impact on service recipients that enhances public interest in and appreciation for the field of sport and exercise psychology;
  • Membership in AASP for 3 consecutive years at the time of the nomination.

Submission Guidelines

An AASP member must nominate the candidate for this award and serve as the candidate’s sponsor. The nomination materials include:

  • A letter of nomination describing in specific detail the achievements of the candidate in relation to the three award criteria (3 pages maximum)
  • Two (2) letters of support for the candidate specifically describing the quality and impact of the candidate’s work. These letters should be written by participants in the group/agency in which the candidate’s work has been focused (they should not be professional sport psychology colleagues)
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae

*Deadline for this award: March 1 of each year.

View a list of past Distinguished Professional Practice Award recipients