Gary M. Burlingame, PhD was recently awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his leadership and outstanding contributions in developing and applying assessment methods in psychotherapy and group psychotherapy research and practice.
The American Psychological Association has 134,000 psychologists worldwide and the president only presents a handful of Presidential Citations each year.
OQ Measures is proud of Dr. Burlingame for his accomplishment. His research spans over 30 years and has emphasized measurement, program evaluation and group psychotherapy.
Press Release from Brigham Young University, by Ben Hale
Gary Burlingame, professor of clinical psychology at BYU, has received a presidential citation from the American Psychology Association (APA). Each year, the president of the APA grants this prestigious award to select nominees from the body of 135,000 APA members. Recipients of the citation are among the top professionals in the field.
APA president, Nadine J. Kaslow wrote in Burlingame’s citation, “His passion and skill in research combined with his clinician’s heart has enabled him to uniquely bring his resources to psychotherapy research and outcome-informed treatment.” Kaslow also mentioned Burlingame’s extensive work in group therapy, as well as his contributions to over 280 scholarly publications.
As for Burlingame’s reaction to receiving the award, he said, “I was totally surprised. I had no idea that this was in the works, and since there are only a handful of these given out a year, I had no inkling that I was being considered.”
The passion Burlingame has for his group therapy work stems from the positive impact it makes. “I know it touches lives of patients every day,” he said. “I can’t think of a more meaningful activity than that.” Recently, Burlingame spoke at a conference in Canada, and a colleague approached him to thank him for his work. Experiences like that help him see that he’s making a difference. The therapy protocols Burlingame and his associates have developed are published in 40 languages worldwide to improve patient communication and treatment.
Burlingame is not new to attracting recognition from the APA. He has been an APA fellow since 2000, and in 2011 he was elected president of Division 49 of the APA, the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. At BYU, Burlingame was the 2011 Hickman Outstanding Scholar and has held a University Professorship since that year.