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2024 Peterson Prize and Alumni Org Award Winners

2024 Peterson Prize and AO Awards

The distinguished Peterson Prize is GSAPP’s most prestigious award. It is presented annually to an alumna/us who has made outstanding contributions to professional psychology. These may include innovations in service delivery, education or training, service to underserved populations, and other creative professional efforts that enhance the general welfare.

Dr. Lucy Takagi’s prolific contributions over the course of her career make her undoubtedly, the epitome of a Peterson Prize winner. Dr. Takagi, you make GSAPP proud!

Warmest Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Connelly and Dr. Tamara Latawiec, this year’s Alumni Award Recipients!

The GSAPP Alumni Organization (AO)'s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement recognizes an alum who has distinguished themselves by contributions made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to society-at-large resulting from their activities. Dr. Connelly has done this and more.

Named in honor of Grace K. Smith, PsyD (Class of 1978), this award is presented for Meritorious Service to GSAPP’s AO. This includes notable service in the form of faithful and continued efforts in maintaining AO activities, active participation in alumni, graduate school, or university affairs, or assisting directly in expanding the usefulness, influence, and prestige of the GSAPP community and the university. Dr. Latawiec is the humble, but extremely deserving, 2024 recipient.

Congrats to our amazing 2024 Student Award winners, Ismoni Walker (3rd-year Clinical PsyD student), Jaylene Sosa (Clinical PsyD student), and Chloe Chan (School PsyD student), who received these honors from GSAPP’s dedicated Alumni Organization! We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments!

The Dr. Jamila Irons-Johnson (Class of 2004) Achievement Award is given to a GSAPP student with 2nd or higher year standing who has demonstrated commendable academic achievement and exceptional clinical skills. Awarded to Ismoni.

Nominated by faculty/staff, the Grace K. Smith Award recognizes current students who have demonstrated meritorious service to GSAPP. Awarded to Jaylene and Chloe. 

With their commitment to learning and serving underserved communities, we are confident that for this group of award-winning future psychologists, the future is bright!