2017 Washington Psychologist Awards

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The 2017 Awards ceremony was held Friday November 3, 2017 after the first full day of convention workshops. Due to the early winter weather that day, turnout was a bit smaller than expected but the evening was enjoyed by all who attended. The winner of the Student Poster Session, Ian McCurry, was announced along with The 2017 winners are listed below.

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2017 Awardees:

Distinguished Psychologist Award:  Kate Comtois, Ph.D., MPH

Given in recognition of significant contributions to the field of psychology.  This award recognizes outstanding professional contributions to knowledge, to applied psychology in professional practice, or in the public interest, while a resident of Washington State.

Distinguished Service Award:  Russell Hanford, Ph.D.

Given in recognition of outstanding work in support of WSPA’s mission through some outstanding contribution.

G. Andrew H. Benjamin Award:  Stephen Feldman J.D., Ph.D.

Given in recognition of an individual member’s outstanding and tireless contributions to the Washington State Psychological Association.

Sustained Service Award:  Samantha Slaughter, Psy.D.

Given in recognition of life-long service to WSPA and the field of psychology.  This award recognizes a psychologist who has given sustained service to the association in a manner that has significantly benefited the organization and or facilitated its development.

Social Issues Award:  Molly Carney, Ph.D.

Given in recognition of outstanding work to advance the mental health of the community and to apply psychology in the public interest.

Public Citizen Award:  Teri Koski, President of NAMI Spokane

Honors a public citizen or an organization that has contributed to the psychological health of their community.

Legislative Service Award:  State Representative Eileen Cody, (D) 34th L.D.

Honors a Washington State elected official who has contributed to the psychological health of their community.

Presidential Service Award: Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D.

Given to the out-going President of the Board, in recognition of the service rendered.


Fall 2017, Volume 73, Issue 2.

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