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A portion of Dr Figley’s awards are associated with his scholarship, innovation, and other contributions in several fields and areas of specialization associated with stress. But a good portion of these awards recognizes Dr. Figley’s devotion to teaching, mentoring, civic action, and service.

VI. HONORS (Award, Organization, Date)

  1. The 2015 Penn State University Graduate School Alumni Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 

    April 2015.

  2. Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, May 28, 2014.
  3. Choice (American Library Association Magazine) awarded the Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide theirOutstanding Academic Titles for the 2013-14 academic year.
  4. Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of the American Library Association) awarded the Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, the Outstanding Reference Sources of 2013.
  5. Distinguished Mentor Award, Student Section, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, November 2011.
  6. American Family Therapy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, the American Family Therapy Academy, August, 2009.
  7. American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology[1], 2009
  8. The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair and Professorship, Tulane University, 2008.
  9. Jericho Angel of HopeThe Jericho Project (New York City), 2008.
  10. The 2006 Humanitarian Award, the University of Missouri International Center for Psychosocial Trauma.
  11. The 2006 Apex Award of Publication Excellence, Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community by Communications Concepts (Springfield, Virginia)
  12. Marriage and Family Therapy Institute Annual Lecture, University of Georgia, 2005
  13. Frontiers of Science Lecturer, University of Ottawa, 2005
  14. Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, 2005.
  15. Academic Keys, Who’s Who in Social Science Education, 2005.
  16. Alumni Fellow, Elected by the Pennsylvania State University, 2004.
  17. Fulbright Research Fellowship to Kuwait, 2003-2004.
  18. Distinguished Service to Families Award, the National Council on Family Relations (co-recipient with Kathleen Regan Figley), November 2001.
  19. Community Service Award by the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the division of the American Association located in Washington, DC, 2000.
  20. President’s FSU Continuing Education Award, April 2000. Outstanding Program Award by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) for the FSU Traumatology Institute Certificate Program, 2000.
  21. Shaffer Award for Contributions to the Victim’s Movement in the Field of Research by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), August 2000.
  22. Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy, Tallahassee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, November 1998.
  23. Psychologist of the Year, American Psychological Association, Division 43 (Family Psychology), 1997
  24. Elected, Academy of Traumatology, 1997
  25. Advancement of Science Award faculty of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Trauma, Loss & Dissociation Conference, 1996
  26. Professor of the Year, FSU School of Social Work Students Association, 1996-1997
  27. Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1994-1995
  28. Pioneer Award (for distinguished life time achievement), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 1994
  29. Distinguished Service, American Psychological Association, Division 43 (Family Psychology), 1990
  30. Listed, WHO’S ON TOP IN PSYCHOLOGY, 1988
  31. Distinguished Contribution, Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 1988
  32. Distinguished Contributions Award, Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, 1985
  33. Listed in the Inaugural Edition of Leaders on the Frontiers of Science, 1984
  34. Listed, Expert Scientist, Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, New York, 1984 – present
  35. Elected Member, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, Purdue University Chapter, 1982
  36. Awarded the Life Achievement Award, Veterans Administration, 1982
  37. Awarded Certificate of Commendation, American Red Cross, 1981
  38. Named Distinguished Scholar, Forgotten Warriors Project (Cleveland, Ohio), 1980
  39. Awarded the Margaret Sanger Founder Award, 1979
  40. Awarded Presidential Outstanding Community Achievement Certificate of Vietnam Era Veterans, 1979
  41. Awarded Teacher of the Year, Purdue University by Sigma Delta Chi, 1979
  42. Listed in the Inaugural Edition of Distinguished Leaders in Health Care, 1978
  43. Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, 1977
  44. Listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1977
  45. Awarded Student Award (Runner-up), National Council on Family Relations, 1974
  46. Awarded the Purdue Parents Association’s Instructional Innovation Award, 1974.
  47. Awarded Educational Professions Development Award Fellowship, 1970-1971

[1] From the APA Division 56 website This award recognizes a senior distinguished psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to science, practice, advocacy, and/or education/training over the course of his/her career. These contributions would be at such a level that they have advanced the field of trauma psychology

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