During the opening ceremony of the American Psychological Association's Division 39 Spring meeting, Marilyn Charles, Ph.D.  was honored by receiving the annual leadership award. This award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions "to the advancement of psychoanalytic psychology as a discipline and practice. " Nominees are solicited from board members and former award recipients, evaluated by a seven member Awards Committee and presented to the Division Board who make the final selection. This award highlights a member's contributions whose efforts "to develop and implement initiatives and innovations" serve the Division and the greater psychoanalytic and psychological community. At the opening ceremony, with an audience of nearly 400, Dr. Charles was given an enthusiastic standing ovation!
Dr. Charles has actively participated in the division as a Board Member, APA Council Representative, and co-chair of the Early Career Committee, serving on several other committees as well. Her interest in mentoring the next generation of clinicians and leaders had led her to create opportunities for graduate students and early career members to present and publish their work. Dr. Charles helped to put in place a vital and strong Early Career Committee where liaison and mentoring programs were established to assist early career members with finding their way into professional and leadership roles within the division. Through Dr. Charles' initiatives, membership and participation have increased and future organizational viability looks strong with the early career members playing important roles.
Austen Riggs is pleased to congratulate Dr. Charles on this prestigious award.