BCPA Awards

Annually, the BCPA recognizes excellence in performance by Registered Psychologists in a number of categories. The award names recognize individuals who embody the spirit of the award and reflect the history of Registered Psychologists in British Columbia.

The awards are presented to the recipients by the nominator(s), which makes for an exciting and meaningful Awards Ceremony, as the nominators are the most passionate and knowledgeable supporters of the nominee’s work.

The Awards Committee, is eagerly awaiting your award nominations.

2011 BCPA Award Winners

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology
Robert Hare, Ph.D., CM

Excellence in Teaching
Derek Swain, Ed.D., R.Psych.

Practice of the Profession
Michael Catchpole, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Scientist-Practitioner
Catherine Mateer, Ph.D., R.Psych., ABPP/CN (inaugural recipient)

Advancement of the Profession
Joti Samra, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Humanitarian Commendation
Jeanne LeBlanc, Ph.D., R.Psych., ABPP

Award Categories & Eligibility

In support of advancing the profession and science of psychology in our Province, the British Columbia Psychological Association invites you to put forward your nominations of outstanding individuals for awards in the categories described below. Nominees must be psychologists registered to practice in British Columbia, while nominators can be psychologists or members of the public.

Practice of the Profession — the Park O. Davidson Award

The Practice of the Profession Award was named after Dr. Park O. Davidson, who began his career at UBC at about the time Sampson was leaving. Davidson was a pioneer in the development of community mental health services. Tragically, he and his wife were killed in a head-on collision on the TransCanada Highway.

This Award recognizes significant and distinguished contributions to the practice of the profession of psychology in British Columbia. The nominee must be a psychologist registered in British Columbia who:

  • Is instrumental in the development of direct services to the public
  • Conducts advocacy regarding psychological impacts
  • Is a practicing psychologist, or retired practitioner, in British Columbia

Scientist-Practitioner Award — the Catherine Mateer Award

This Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and distinguished advancements in development and research in the field of psychology using a scientist-practitioner model. The nominee must be a psychologist registered in British Columbia who:

  • Conducts research
  • Publishes in peer-reviewed publications
  • Develops technology for use by professionals with applications to practice
  • Is a practicing psychologist, or retired practitioner, in British Columbia
  • Promotes evidence-based practice in psychology

Excellence in Teaching — the Donald Sampson Award

The Excellence in Teaching Award is named after Dr. Donald Sampson (who retired from UBC in the ‘70’s), much beloved by several generations of students, both majors and non-majors, for his inspired teaching.

This Award recognizes individual psychologists or teams of psychologists who have made significant and distinguished contributions to the teaching of the discipline of psychology. The nominee must be a psychologist registered in British Columbia who has:

  • Taught, or is teaching, in one of the following settings: Institutional, Clinical, Distance Education, Workshop or Conferences
  • Developed one or more of the following: Curriculum, Training Method or Multi-media Training
  • Demonstrated unique and effective teaching approaches

Advancement of the Profession — the Elizabeth Huntsman Award

The Elizabeth Huntsman Advancement of the Profession Award was established in 2005 through the efforts of the staff of the BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) Psychology Department to recognize the contributions of psychologists such as Dr. Huntsman, who had served an exceptional directorship of the Department.

This Award recognizes significant and distinguished contributions to the advancement of the profession of psychology. The nominee must be a psychologist registered in British Columbia who:

  • Has increased the visibility and/or viability of the profession of psychology
  • Is a strong advocate or model for the professional identity or practice of psychology
  • Manages, organizes, or promotes the provision of psychological services in an exemplary way
  • Through his or her advocacy for the profession, significantly improved the ability of individual psychologists to practice their profession

Humanitarian Commendation

The Humanitarian Commendation is the award which is traditionally presented last at the Awards Ceremony. The presentation is frequently deeply moving, as the nominee has often been developing and providing services to clients who are extraordinarily vulnerable and drastically under-served.

This Award acknowledges a psychologist who provides inspiration through his/her humanitarian work, and professional or volunteer efforts. The nominee must be a psychologist registered in British Columbia who:

  • Has special qualities of character and skills
  • Demonstrates an unselfish long-term commitment to the dignity and empowerment of individuals or groups
  • Is committed to the spirit of volunteerism