2023 Joel C. Frost Citizen Psychologist for Social Justice Award
Lieutenant Nick Grant, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist currently stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where he serves as the Embedded Mental Health Officer for Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. In this role, he oversees the psychological care for service members stationed aboard all the warfighting ships homeported in Pearl Harbor. In addition to this work, Nick also currently serves as the President of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality, a national LGBTQ+-health-focused nonprofit. Nick has been engaged in work with the LGBTQ+ community for over 15 years, including serving as chair of the APA writing group that revised the Resolution on Opposing Discriminatory Laws, Policies, and Practices Aimed at LGBTQ+ Persons, which was supported by 100% of APA’s Council of Representatives and, serving as an appointed member of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Advisory Committee, bringing psychological science to the table in informing local policies which are used as models across the country.
The annual Joel C. Frost Citizen Psychologist for Social Justice Award recognizes an ABPP Board Certified Psychologist who has made significant contributions in the areas of humanitarianism and social justice through bringing psychological science and expertise to bear on existing social challenges to improve community well-being locally, nationally, or globally.
Such activities involve engagement in efforts of advocacy, or engagement in activities that promote the psychological health of communities, groups of individuals, or organizations, or legal/political actions to support health equity.
Joel C. Frost Citizen Psychologist for Social Justice Award Winners:
- Are leaders in their various communities.
- Address disparities and social injustice within their communities, especially communities of difference.
- Are leaders in addressing humanitarian and social justice needs within their communities.
- Contribute to improving the lives of all through prolonged engagement in significant activities such as public service, volunteerism, board membership, and other strategic roles which may or not be directly associated with the day-to-day work of their careers.
- Bring psychological science and expertise to bear on existing challenges to improve community well-being locally, nationally or globally.
- Nominees may come from any specialty within the American Board of Professional Psychology.
- Nominees should meet or exceed the listed criteria for being a Joel C. Frost Citizen Psychologist for Social Justice Award
- Any ABPP Board Certified psychologist can submit a nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.
- Two letters of recommendation from someone who is familiar with the nominee’s work related to Joel C. Frost Citizen Psychologist for Social Justice Award (does not need to be a psychologist).
- All materials should be submitted online at the same time (compile all materials prior to submitting).
The 2024 nomination will open in January. The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 15, 2024.