Early Career Psychologist Service Award

2024 Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Service Awardee

Dr. Alana Atchison is a board-certified Clinical Psychologist from Chicago, IL. She's been board-certified in the Clinical Psychology specialty since 2020, and serves as the Northeast Regional Director, Secretary, and Early Career Psychologist Representative for the specialty. In addition to her board duties, Dr. Atchison is a professor at Adler University and runs a private practice. In her free time, Dr. Atchison enjoys art, music, and dancing.

The Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Service Award has been established to honor an Early Career, Board Certified Psychologist for notable contributions and service to ABPP.

An early career psychologist is defined as being within 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree.

The recipient of the award will receive a $1,000 award.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must have received their psychology doctoral degree no more than ten calendar years before the year in which the award is to be awarded. (e.g., for 2024, the degree must have been granted in 2014 or after)
  2. Nominees must still be an ECP on the date of April 15 (current year) and must be a current ABPP specialist.

Award Criteria

This award will be conferred upon psychologists who have demonstrated exceptional service to ABPP, ABPP Foundation, ABPP affiliated specialty boards, and/or ABPP affiliated academies. Service contributions may occur in a variety of ways, including leadership positions, committee membership, serving as a board certification examiner, serving as a mentor, serving as an ambassador, or ad hoc volunteer activities.

A nomination packet will consist of the nominee’s vita and no more than two letters of nomination from board certified specialists familiar with the nominee’s service to ABPP. One of the two letters may be a self-nomination, but this is not a requirement. The letters must detail the nominee’s service contributions to ABPP.


  • 2 Letters of Nomination
  • Nominee’s CV

The 2025 nomination will open in January. The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 15, 2025.

For questions regarding online submissions, contact us.

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