WALTHAM, MA | June 23, 2014
In recognition of his accomplishments related to the training and professional development of psychologists, Brad Karlin, EDC’s Chief of Mental Health and Aging, has received the American Psychological Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contributions to Continuing Professional Development in Psychology. The APA award recognizes a demonstrated record of excellence and contributions to the field of professional development in psychology. To be selected, award nominees “must demonstrate conceptual, empirical or technological developments that represent substantial advances in the generation or dissemination of new knowledge or applications in the field of ongoing, postgraduate and professional development.” The award comes with a $1,000 monetary prize.
Karlin is also the newly elected president of the APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology, whose mission is to support the integration of psychological science and practice in education, research, application, advocacy, and public policy. As president of the society, Karlin has pledged to advance mental health and aging and evidence-based psychotherapy dissemination and training, building on his past work in these areas.
“This recognition is a tribute to Dr. Karlin’s leadership and dedication to the practice of psychological science and to the transformation of mental health care,” said EDC Senior Vice President Lydia O’Donnell, director of EDC’s Health and Human Development Division.
Prior to joining EDC, Karlin worked as the national mental health director for Psychotherapy and Psychogeriatrics at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the nation’s largest dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies and the training of more than 8,000 psychologists and other mental health professionals. He also worked to transform geriatric mental health care and implement new models of psychological practice. Karlin established psychologists as integral members of VA’s more than 130 home-based primary care teams and as core members of interdisciplinary teams in VA nursing homes. Karlin also led development and implementation of STAR-VA, an intervention for managing behavioral symptoms of dementia that is coordinated by psychologists.
Building on his extensive experience and knowledge of the field, Karlin leads initiatives at EDC to improve the mental health of older adults and to promote the dissemination and delivery of evidence-based practices in various public and private health care systems.
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