Lawrence H. Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award

The SSCP Lawrence H. Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award was initiated in 2013 and is dedicated to the memory of Lawrence H. Cohen, Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware and SSCP member, who was known during his career as a strong advocate and mentor to many students in clinical psychology.

 The winner of this award will be a senior-level clinical scientist from the ranks of members of SSCP in good standing with substantial experience mentoring clinical psychology graduate students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychological science across the lifespan of their career. Outstanding mentors are those who have provided exceptional guidance through leadership, role modeling, advising, supervision, instruction, advocacy, and other activities aimed at providing opportunities for scientific growth, professional development, and networking.

 Nominees will be evaluated on these criteria, as well as the accomplishments of their current and former doctoral students, interns and/or postdoctoral fellows in terms of award, grants, publications, presentations, and positions attained upon completion of their training, etc. However, these criteria will be weighed in the context of the mentor nominee’s stage of career. Strong consideration will be given to the statements of nominees’ current and former doctoral students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows about their mentor’s qualitative and specific impact on their professional training and development. Members of all underrepresented and minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Appropriate nominators are current or past trainees of the mentor. Fellow colleagues may nominate a mentor as well, if they have sufficient knowledge of the mentoring practices of the nominee.

Nominators should submit applications by email to the current SSCP president as a single document (e.g., a single PDF file).

For 2024, please submit to Rachel Hershenberg:

Applications should include: (a) a cover letter nominating a particular individual for the award; (b) a statement of the reasons why the nominee is considered to be outstanding, consistent with the definition and criteria provided above; (c) a list of present and past students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows and their current positions; and (d) a minimum of three letters from these former mentees in support of the application (two if the nominator is a former mentee).

Application packages should be received no later than March 15.

The winner will be announced the following month, and Award winners will be recognized at either APS, APA, or ABCT (the awardee’s choice).  

Please consider nominating yourself or your mentor for this important award. People who are ineligible for consideration are current Board members and those who have won this award previously.