Fellows in Division 12

The 2018 Fellow Application Portal is now open. Deadline for Initial and Current Fellowship Applications for Division 12 is December 1, 2017.

The Society encourages all those who have been a member for at least a year and meets the criteria for fellowship is encouraged to apply for Division Fellowship. There are two categories of Fellowship:

  1. “Initial Fellows” – those who have never received Fellow status from any Division
  2. Fellows who are already Fellows in another Division.

Fellowship Application

Achieving Initial Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA) has always been associated with the recognition that the individual has achieved great distinction in his or her own field.

For Division 12, criteria for Fellowship can have a broad range, including direct therapeutic services, consultation, administration, research and involvement in national, regional, state and local professional governance activities. Outstanding service to APA Boards or Committees, or to Division 12 Committees meet the criteria for fellowship, provided that such services can be shown to have had a positive impact on the field of clinical psychology as a profession or science.

There must be visible “evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution or performance to the field of clinical psychology.”  This requires evidence or documentation that the person nominated has enriched or advanced the field of clinical psychology on a scale well beyond that of being a good practitioner, teacher, researcher, administrator or supervisor.  This also means that duties performed as part of one’s job are not enough to confer status. The nominee’s contributions have to be unusual, innovative or of seminal nature.  Fellowship status is simply not conferred on the basis of seniority or competence. The other important thing is that the person needs to have made a national or international impact.

Furthermore, nominees’ accomplishments must be visible and sharable with their colleagues.  The nominator or applicant must be able to identify these accomplishments, e.g., via a Master Series lecture, repeated presentations at national or regional conventions, journal articles, brochures or publication of a text.  Is the nominee’s performance outstanding, noteworthy and consistent with the highest levels of performance as compared with recognized leaders in the field of clinical psychology?  For nominees in predominately clinical practice, there is a need to specify how their therapy or practice represents an innovative application with, for example, a difficult disorder or an atypical patient population.  It is the responsibility of each Fellow who endorses a candidate to specify clearly how the nominee has made a visible impact on the field of clinical psychology.  Incomplete, vague or general endorsements will be returned for further specification of the nominee’s outstanding or noteworthy contributions.

Fellows who have already become members in another division need not complete the entire Initial application again. Send a letter of achievements and vita to the Central Office.

Due date for all Fellows applications: December 1 of a given year. Note to Initial Fellow applicants – the entire process takes just a few months shy of a year. After being reviewed by the SCP Fellows Committee, names selected are reviewed by APA’s Membership Committee, and finally by the Council at each year’s Convention.

Chair: Linda Craighead, Ph.D.


Initial Fellows – 2016

Ruth A. Baer, Ph.D.
Timothy A. Brown, Psy.D.
Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.
William Pithers, Ph.D.

Fellows Who are Already Fellows in Another APA Division – 2016

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Ph.D., MHSc.
William H. Gottdiener, Ph.D.
Michele J. Karel, Ph.D., ABPP
Bradley E. Karlin, Ph.D., ABPP
Kevin T. Larkin, Ph.D., ABPP
Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.
Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D.
David W. Pantalone, Ph.D.