The Nomination Process

Each year a call for nominations for Fellow is made. The call for nominations is placed in Psynopsis and is widely distributed through various e-mail lists (e.g., to Sections, Departments of Psychology at Universities, Hospitals and Agencies, Provincial Associations, Committee Chairs).

Any Member, except current members of the CPA Board of Directors, can be nominated for Fellow status. Members may not nominate themselves and current CPA Board members may not nominate. As noted in the By-Laws, there are three ways to achieve Fellow status: 

  1. distinguished contributions to the advancement of the science of psychology;
  2. distinguished contributions to the advancement of the profession of psychology; and
  3. exceptional service to national or provincial associations of psychologists.

Nominations must be made as follows:

  • Nominations must include a current curriculum vitae for the nominee and at least three endorsing letters written in the last calendar year by current Fellows or Members. Preferably, the nominators should be drawn from three different institutions, with no more than one coming from the nominee's home institution.
  • The letters of nomination should be specific about the ways in which the nominee's research or practice has contributed to the advancement of the science or profession of psychology or as to ways the person's service to national or provincial associations of psychologists have been exceptional. In the case of nominations based upon accomplishments other than published theory or research, the specific innovative contributions and their impact on psychology should be described.
  • The letters of nomination should point out evidence of the quality of journals in which the nominee has published, awards received, etc. In the case of nominations based upon exceptional service to national or provincial associations of psychologists, the letters of nomination should describe the association (e.g., nature of the association, number of members, services they provide).
  • Normally, the nominee should have completed his or her post-secondary training 10 years prior to being nominated for Fellow status. Someone with less than 10 years experience following graduation, but more than 5 years of experience, could be elected Fellow if his or her contributions or services have been found by the Committee to be truly exceptional.

Nominees for Fellows need to receive 5 out of 7 votes from the Committee on Fellows and Awards.

Nominations must be submitted by November 30, and must include the nominee's curriculum vitae/resume, together with supporting letters of at least three nominators, to:

Chair, CPA Committee on Fellows and Awards
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
or by e-mail at cpa@cpa.ca

By-Laws I.1- Fellows (September 2008)

Fellows shall be Members of the Association who have made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of the science or profession of psychology or who have given exceptional service to their national or provincial associations.

The Committee on Fellows shall review nominations for the status of Fellow in CPA and make recommendations for election to Fellow status to the Board of Directors, which ultimately shall elect the nominees to Fellow status.

  1. The Committee on Fellows shall consist of the Chair and six members.
  2. The Chair of the Committee on Fellows shall be the most immediate Past-President of the Association, whether or not a Fellow himself or herself;
  3. Only CPA Fellows shall be eligible to serve as members on this committee.
  4. All Fellows shall be invited by the Chair to nominate Fellows to serve on the Committee on Fellows.
  5. The Chair and the Members of the Committee on Fellows shall not be nominators or proposers of nominees during their term.
  6. Appointments to the Committee on Fellows shall be made by the Board of Directors from the nominations submitted by the Chair of the Committee.
  7. The Committee on Fellows shall, as far as practicable, be formed with due regard to gender balance, linguistics balance, geographical balance, academic and practitioner balance, and degree level balance (masters and doctoral), so as to have representatives from three constituencies: 1) Practice; 2) Science; and 3) Education and Training.
  8. Members shall serve for terms of three years, rotating so that one-third of the membership is reconstituted each year. Terms of members shall be renewable, but only after a hiatus of at least three years following the end of one’s term.

By-Law I.1 amended at the June 2008 AGM