SPL offers three awards. The Distinguished Psychologist in Management AwardRichard Kilburg Service Award and the Early Career Woman Psychologist in Management Award


The Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of management by a psychologist. It was created to recognize individual accomplishments in fulfilling the purpose of the Society of Psychologists in Management (SPL), which is to facilitate the growth, development, and interaction of psychologists who work as managers, or who otherwise contribute to the application of psychology in management.

The award is presented to an individual who has developed, refined, and implemented practices, procedures, and methods that have a major impact on people in organizational settings and/or on the professions of management.

The award includes an honorarium, a plaque and an invited address at SPL's Annual Conference.

The recipient must be a psychologist and manager (or one who has made major contributions to psychology and management). Membership in the American Psychological Association or the American Psychological Society is highly desirable as evidence of commitment to the science and practice of psychology.



2021 Dee Ramsel, PhD




2020 I. Marlene Thorn, PhD





2019 Sandra L. Shullman, PhD

2018 Cathleen Civiello, PhD

2017 Terry Maple, PhD                         

2016 E. Kevin Kelloway, PhD

2015 William H. Mobley, PhD

2014 Connie Rath, PhD 2013 Judith Albino, PhD
2012 Arthur M. Freedman,  PhD

2011 Dale Thompson, PhD 2010 David Baker, PhD

2009 Norman Anderson, PhD

2008 Robert "Bob" Lee, PhD 2007 Al Parchem, PhD

2006 David P. Campbell, PhD

2005 Richard C. Atkinson, PhD

2004 Eric Haseltine, PhD
2003 Miriam Graddick-Weir, PhD

2002 Richard Kilburg, PhD 2001 Tom Osborne, PhD
2000 Marilyn Gowing, PhD 1999 Donald Clifton, PhD 1998 Bernard Bass, PhD

1997 Carl F. Frost, PhD 1996 Joyce Shields, PhD 1995 William Howell, PhD

1995 William Howell, PhD

 1994 Harold Tragash, PhD

 1993 Francis D. Horowitz, PhD

1992 William C. Byham, PhD

 1991 John Conger, PhD
 1990 Kenneth E. Clark, PhD
 1989 Robert Perloff, PhD
1988 Raymond Fowler, PhD
1987 Charles Kiesler, PhD
1986 Douglas Bray, PhD 1985 Harry Levinson, PhD  


The purpose of the Early Career Woman Psychologist in Management Award is to ensure that women leaders, managers and consultants are actively involved in SPL activities. The award is established to sponsor a deserving female psychologist in attending the SPL conferences and institutes. The award will include $2000 to support the cost of conference registration, hotel, airfare, and institutes as desired. The recipient will also receive a complimentary one-year SPL membership. Award recipients will be requested to write a short testimonial about their conference and experience with SPL and provide a photo to feature on the SPL website. At this time, we are looking for self nominations or nominations from SPL members for a female psychologist who meets the following criteria:

  • Has the potential to benefit from SPL and to make contributions to SPL and its mission of facilitating the growth, development, and interaction of psychologists who work as managers
  • Has received a doctoral degree in psychology within the last ten years
  • Is currently serving in a management or leadership position





2021 Candice Schaefer, PhD, AB  




2020 Mi
ra Brancu, PhD

melissa jents




2015 Melissa Jents, PsyD

2014 Myranda Grahek, PhD      

2013 Jennifer Geimer, PhD        

 2012 Jennifer Nguyen, PhD      


The Richard Kilburg Service Award is given, from time to time, to a SPL member who has demonstrated an unusual level of service and commitment, dedicating extraordinary time and effort to the goals, purposes and activities of the organization. The award is named for SPL's first president.

al hollenbeck
2007 AL Hollenbeck, PhD 
For Exceptional Service as creator of the SPL website and subsequent webmaster, 1999 -2006, as well as manager of elections, online surveys, and general advisor on all things technical.

david brandt
2004 David Brandt, PhD
In Recognition of Exceptional Service as SPL Coordinator of Continuing Education, 1996-2004.

rodney lowman
2002 Rodney L. Lowman, PhD
In Recognition of Exceptional Service as Founding Editor of The Psychologist- Manager Journal, 1997-2002.