• Ryon McDermott

2021 Division 51 Call for Awards Nominees!

Updated: Jun 5

If you have someone you'd like to honor this year, check out the criteria and procedures here




Please think about students and colleagues—clinicians, consultants, professors, researchers, advocates—who you would like to nominate for a Division 51 award this year. Can’t think of someone who stands out? It might be you! Self-nominations are encouraged. Below are the division awards available and nomination instructions.


How to Apply:

Any member of Division 51 may make a nomination. All nomination materials must be submitted in one complete packet (a single file or multiple attachments are fine) by the nominator to the Awards Committee Chair (Past President, Dr. Wizdom Powell). Please email applications to Wizdom Powell (wpowell@uchc.edu) by June 30, 2021 with the subject line: “Division 51 Awards Nomination.”


1. Practitioner of the Year Award

Recognizes a psychologist who has provided outstanding clinical service to men and/or boys.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information.


2. Distinguished Professional Service Award

Honors outstanding service at the local, state or national level that reflects a significant contribution to the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities or promotes positive policy changes that enhance the well-being of boys and men.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information.


3. Student of the Year Award

Honors an undergraduate of graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance, counseling practice, or research pertaining to boys, adolescent males, men, or masculinities.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information.


4. Researcher of the Year Award

Honors outstanding published research concerning males and masculinities.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information. Researcher of the Year Award nominations should indicate publications for which the nominee is being honored.


5. Loren Frankel Student Research Award

This award honors a graduate student, post-doc, or new psychologist who has recently completed and defended a dissertation pertaining to boys, adolescent males, men, or masculinities.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator—one from a member of the dissertation committee and one from a professor within the nominee’s academic department, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information. Nominees should be able to demonstrate their successful defense or submission of a finished dissertation after July 1 of the previous year.


6. Outstanding Advocate for Boys Award

Recognizes exceptional contributions that enhance the well-being of boys or adolescent males.


Nomination instructions: Submit the following via email: (1) cover letter detailing the award and person nominated, (2) two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, and (3) the nominee’s vita (if available) and contact information. Researcher of the Year Award nominations should indicate publications for which the nominee is being honored.


2020 Award winners


Loren Frankel Student Research Award: Dr. Michael Awad

Awad is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale University, and his dissertation, “The Development and Evaluation of the Multicultural Gender Roles Scale – Male Version”, addresses the gaps in the gendered experiences of people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. His project is an adaptation of the Multicultural Gender Roles Model into a psychometric scale to reliably and validly measure the various components identified as significant to the gender role construction of people of color—particularly, men of color. Nominators noted that, “Not only is he extraordinarily intelligent, dedicated, and responsible, but his commitment to improving the health outcomes for boys and men of color cannot be understated.”

Practitioner of the Year Award: Dr. Fred Rabinowitz

Rabinowitz is a tenured full professor of psychology at the University of Redlands, and a licensed psychologist in independent practice for 35 years. Many of his professional contributions integrate science/research and practice, and he is the author of five seminal books in the field that are considered must reads for any professional interested in working with male clients. One of his nominators noted that, “His most recent book--Deepening group psychotherapy with men: Stories and Insights for the Journey (2019)--is worth special consideration…[and considers Fred]… a master clinician due to the sheer number of direct contact hours, and because of his skillful ability to advance his clinical expertise.”

Researcher of the Year Award: Dr. Ron Levant & Shana Pryor

Levant is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Akron, and Pryor is a doctoral student in the PhD Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology there. They share the award this year for co-authoring their new volume from Oxford University Press titled, The Tough Standard: The Hard Truths about Masculinity and Violence. A reviewer of the book noted, “In their book, The Tough Standard, Levant and Pryor practically rip the topics from today’s headlines and situate the troubling events of men’s violence in a strong theoretical and empirical body of work, bringing light—instead of just heat—to the issues they address. It is a must-read as a resource to understand and engage in critical issues affecting our lives, families, and the fabric of society in the United States.”

Student(s) of the Year Award: Anna Edelman & Nelson Zounlome

Edelman is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver, a research assistant in their Health Disparities Lab, and created a Psychology of Men undergraduate course. She was a main force in launching the Div 51 mentorship program, an active member of the Student Advisory Committee, and most recently played a leadership role in the David Makes Man Syllabus Project as part of the 2020 Division Presidential Initiative, “Holding Space for Boys & Men of Color: Reimagining Masculinities, Transforming Systems, Advancing Health Equity.” Her nominators noted that she, “has the natural ability to develop personable relationships with others and the humility and flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of being a graduate student”, and “is supportive of her peers, able to motivate others, and intrinsically motivated.”

Zounlome is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University, and an author/co-author of ten peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter. He has won numerous national and university-level awards, including the prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He was one of only 65 students in the United States to be conferred this award that year, which aims to increase the diversity of university faculty in the United States. An active member of Div 51, he created a mentoring program to increase membership of Black and indigenous students of color, designed social media posts for our division’s mental health campaign, and serves as a Student Liaison to the division’s Racial & Ethnic Minority Special Interest Group (REMSIG). A faculty nominator wrote, “In terms of research accomplishments, I rank Nelson among the top 2% of doctoral students in our program over the past 13 years. His research output is so prolific that it exceeds that of some tenure-track assistant professors in research-intensive universities. “


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