Lifetime Achievement Award

Note. The 2021 Award Recipient has been announced! View our 2021 NASP Awards, Scholarships and Grants page to read more about this year's recipient. The application process will tentatively open again in June 2021. Nominations must be received by the state association president or NASP’s nominating committee.

The NASP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding school psychologist who has had a national impact on the field and has dedicated his/her professional life to the development and improvement of school psychology.

Overview of Nomination Process

Each state association is invited to nominate one outstanding candidate for this prestigious national award. Nomination materials are to be completed by state presidents (or their designees) for NASP-affiliated state associations. NASP delegates are to complete materials in any non-affiliated state. The NASP nominating committee can also nominate independent of the state association. NASP recommends that delegates and the nominating committee reach out to the state association for additional information about the nominee, and the state association reach out to NASP leadership for information about the nominee. The state president and NASP president need to bridge these conversations.

Who can nominate?

Nominations will be accepted from two sources:

  1. State School Psychology Associations - the State Association President or his/her designee (e.g., President-Elect, Awards Committee chair, NASP Delegate, etc.) may nominate a school psychologist from the state who meets the award criteria. The nominator is responsible for submitting all required nomination materials.
  2. NASP Nominating Committee - The NASP President, Past President, three most recent Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Historian may submit nominations. The NASP nominating committee can also submit independent of the state association and should consider reaching out to state associations for additional information for the nomination.


Note: Previously submitted nominations may be resubmitted, given that they include updated information (see procedures below).

Who is Eligible?

Practicing or retired school psychologists who work or have worked as practitioners, trainers, supervisors, state consultants, researchers, or administrators are eligible for this award. Possession of the NCSP credential is desirable, but not required. This award may be presented posthumously.

Criteria for Nominees

Candidates for the NASP Lifetime Achievement Award must have:

  • At least 25 years of service in the field of school psychology
  • Maintained active NASP membership for at least 20 years; must be a current member for fiscal year 2020–2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
  • Served 10 or more years in NASP leadership positions (e.g., committee member, chair, or cochair; interest group coordinator, elected officer, program manager, delegate; task force member, School Psychology Review/School Psychology Forum Editorial Advisory Board, etc.)

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated in terms of major contributions to the field of school psychology throughout their careers in each of the following areas:

  • Direct service to children, schools, and families by providing school-based comprehensive services (consultation, assessment, behavior management, PBIS, progress monitoring, etc.) and/or administration and supervision of school-based psychological services – 30%
  • Service to the profession through local, state, and national organizations dedicated to the development and implementation of school psychological services – 20%
  • Service to the profession through the development of school psychology training programs or through the provision of continuing professional development opportunities – 20%
  • Service to the profession through research and publications that contribute to the knowledge base of school psychology – 30%

Procedures and Required Documents

Nomination materials must be typed in a 10- or 12-point font and formatted to be printable on 8.5" x 11" paper. The nomination packet must include:

  1. Nominator and Candidate Contact Information Sheet
  2. Candidate's Full Vita (Incomplete vita will not be accepted)
  3. Four Letters of Support
    • These should be no more than two pages in length and should be written by in individuals who are knowledgeable about the candidate's professional accomplishments. At least one letter of support must be from an individual in the candidate’s current or most recent professional setting. Letters of support should avoid repeating information in the candidate's vita. They should, instead, focus on providing information about the lifetime of role-modeling this person has demonstrated as a school psychologist using the following criteria:
      • Leadership problem solving skills and abilities
      • Interpersonal skills with colleagues, parents, children, and administrators
      • Respect for human dignity
      • Professional and personal ethical standards as defined in the NASP 2010 Principles for Professional Ethics


All nomination materials must be submitted electronically by the nominator by Monday, August 17, 2020. Please email all materials in one communication to A confirmation of receipt will be emailed to the nominator.

Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed. If the packet is missing one or more of the following documents it will be considered incomplete: nominator and candidate contact sheet, candidate's resume/full vita, or four letters of support.

Questions or difficulties with submission of nomination materials? Contact Elsa Arroyos or Katherine Campbell.

Selection and Notification

A panel of reviewers will read and rate the materials and determine the top candidate. All candidates and nominators will be informed of the outcome by email. Reviewer ratings will be completed by late October. The award recipient will be notified by late November and other candidates and nominators will be notified in mid-December. An official NASP announcement will be made in early January to the membership at large.

Award Presentation

Award recipients are asked to be acknowledged on stage at the opening General Session and receive their award at the NASP Annual Convention Awards Ceremony. Transportation to and from the convention as well as lodging and per diem for two nights will be provided for the recipient. The recipient may share the NASP announcement with colleagues, employers, friends, and family ahead of the convention. However, no advance public announcement or publicity (such as an article in the local newspaper or state association newsletter) should be made prior to the convention.

Nomination Resources and Questions

Nominator Contact Sheet
This form must be filled out and included with other nomination materials.

Hints for Nominators & Candidates
Tips to give your nominee the best chance possible at being honored as School Psychologist of the Year.

Domains of Practice
An overview of the Domains of Practice in the NASP Practice Model.

If you have any questions regarding the Lifetime Achievement Award, nomination procedures, or eligibility criteria, please contact Elsa Arroyos, Chair of the Awards Subcommittee.