Professor Shane Jimerson of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School was presented the Senior Scientist in School Psychology Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association (APA) at the APA’s 2022 annual convention. Each year the Division of School Psychology presents a Senior Scientist in School Psychology Award to a mature professional and academic school psychologist who has demonstrated a program of scholarship that merits special recognition. A sustained program of scholarship of exceptional quality throughout one's career is the primary consideration in making the award. The winner of the award is invited to submit a manuscript for the annual Awards Issue of The School Psychologist and to give a presentation the following year at the meeting of the American Psychological Association.
“It is an incredible honor to receive the prestigious Division 16 Senior Scientist Award, and it is important to highlight my tremendous good fortune to engage in collaborations with stellar colleagues and students from around the world,” Jimerson says. “Throughout my career, I have engaged in scholarship and leadership focused on bringing science to practice, to benefit children in schools and communities, thus, this award recognizing sustained and exceptional contributions is humbling.” He also noted that he looks forward to continuing collaborations to further contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and social justice in the field of school psychology, including the scholarship, preparation of faculty, and promoting practices to further support culturally and linguistically diverse children and their families.
Division 16: School Psychology of the APA is composed of scientific-practitioner psychologists whose major professional interests lie with children, families, and the schooling process. The division represents the interests of psychologists engaged in the delivery of comprehensive psychological services to children, adolescents and families in schools and other applied settings. The division is dedicated to facilitating the professional practice of school psychology and actively advocates in domains, such as education and health care reform, which have significant implications for the practice of psychology with children.
Shane Jimerson is a Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology in the Gevirtz School. Jimerson is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and recognized by The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board Certified Expert and Diplomat, and is included in their international registry of Experts in Traumatic Stress with specialization in working with children, families, and schools. Jimerson is currently the Editor of the School Psychology Review journal and was recently President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (2019-2021), President of the International School Psychology Association (2013-2019), President of Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (2011-2013), Editor of the School Psychology Quarterly journal (2012-2016) and he served the Senior Editor for International Science for the School Psychology journal (2017-2020).
His international professional and scholarly activities aim to advance and promote science, practice, and policy relevant to education and school psychology, in an effort to benefit children, families, and communities across the country and throughout the world. Jimerson has received numerous honors, including: an Award of Excellence for Distinguished Contributions to School Crisis Management from the National Association of School Psychologists, the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 52 (International Psychology), Outstanding Early Career Scholar Awards from both the American Education Research Association and the American Psychological Association, Division 16 (School Psychology), and the Tom Oakland Distinguished Mid-Career Scholar Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 16 (School Psychology).