|Dorothy V. Harris|
The Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award acknowledges the distinguished contributions of Dr. Dot Harris (1931-1991) to sport psychology by recognizing the efforts of a current AASP scholar/practitioner in the early stage of their scientific and/or professional career. The recipient receives $200 cash, a waived AASP Annual Conference registration fee in the year of the award, and a plaque awarded during a presentation summarizing the recipient’s work.
Dot Harris was regarded as an advocate and pioneer in the field of sport psychology and for women in sport. A longtime member of AASP and a Fellow, she was the first person to have many important roles in our field: she was the first American and woman to become a member of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the first resident sport psychologist at the United States Olympics Committee's (USOC) training center, the first recipient of the Women's Sport Foundation's award for contribution to women in sport, the first woman to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Sport Psychology and in 1972, she headed the first research conference on women in sports. She was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education, Applied Sport Psychology Society, the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the first woman president of the North American Society of Sport Psychology and Physical Activity.
She earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. Dot went to The Pennsylvania State University in 1970, becoming full professor in 1973. Dr. Harris also started the nation's first graduate sport psychology specialization at Penn State University where she was a professor of Physical Education.
The recipient of the award must meet the following criteria:
Evidence of national/international distinction should include reference to the innovation of the person’s work, impact the work has had on the field of sport and exercise psychology, or the importance the work has in an applied setting. In all cases, the collected works of the individual should exhibit quality contributions that are both theoretical and practical, and that have been subjected to the critical review of established scholars/practitioners in the individual’s area of expertise, and explicitly state how their work represents the spirt/contributions that Dot Harris made to the field.
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Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award Review Committee
* Extensions may be provided on a case-by-case basis for nominees who have taken multiple career breaks for longer than six months (not including sabbaticals).
*Deadline for this award: March 1 of each year.