Criminal Justice: Awards


J. Stephen Wormith Graduate Research Award

J. Stephen Wormith was an inspiring advocate and educator of forensic and correctional psychological practices in Canada and internationally. He was a professor in the Department of Psychology, and Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies, at the University of Saskatchewan. His research on risk assessment, correctional interventions, crime prevention, and public attitudes towards offenders and criminal justice have had a major impact in the field. He has had a significant influence developing the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and advocates in the field of criminal justice psychology.

The Criminal Justice Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association is honouring Dr. Wormith’s legacy by presenting the Graduate Research Award to one successful applicant in recognition of their graduate level research in the field of psychology that examines criminal behaviour, the law, and/or other psychological phenomenon in a criminal justice context. This award was developed with the intent of recognizing research excellence of graduate-level criminal justice psychology students and is expected to be awarded annually. Submissions that will be considered for the J. Stephen Wormith Graduate Research Award will be reviewed and adjudicated by the section Executive. Evaluation of submissions will focus on the extent to which the research builds upon theory and extant empirical literature, appropriate and innovative use of research design and analytical methods, and potential impact on the field. The award will be announced in Crime Scene and Psynopsis, and at the annual CPA convention.

If you would like to submit your graduate research for consideration, your submission should include (a) a cover letter containing a physical address, e-mail address, and telephone number where you can be reached through the end of April, (b) a 100-word statement (included in your cover letter) of how the research contributes to criminal justice psychology, (c) a letter of support from your faculty supervisor, (d) an updated curriculum vitae, and (e) a manuscript of your graduate research as described below. Prior to submission, applicants should ensure the following eligibility criteria and submission guidelines:

  • Only research completed as a graduate thesis or dissertation is eligible for award consideration.
  • Only completed investigations are eligible and must have been completed (e.g., thesis was defended or submitted to university committee) in the 12 months preceding the deadline.
  • Applicant cannot be a former recipient of the award.
  • Applicant, at the time of submission, should be a member of the Criminal Justice Psychology Section or in the process of becoming a member.
  • Research should be prepared in the format of a manuscript submitted for publication, strictly adhering to APA style. The research and manuscript must be of publishable quality. Length is limited to 20 pages (min. 10 pages), excl. abstract, references, figures, and tables.

The submission must be received by February 1st, and forwarded to the current Chair of the Criminal Justice Psychology Section.

The recipient of this award in 2020 will receive $1,000, and will be asked to provide a summary of their research for publication in the Crime Scene newsletter. The award recipient will also be strongly encouraged to attend the convention and present their research.

  • 2020: Chantal Schafers

    Don Andrews Career Contribution Award

    This award recognizes a corpus of work accrued over a period of at least 10 years that makes a significant contribution to the application of psychology to criminal behaviour, criminal justice, and/or law. The work could be theoretical, empirical or applied. For the theoretical and empirical works, the award would typically concern a series of published works that have had an important influence on the field. Signs of this influence could include changes in practices (widespread use of treatment or assessment methods; changes in the law) as well as recognition by the academic community ( e.g., citations). The applied contributions would recognize leaders in the criminal justice field who have demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas: the creation and implementation of psychological services to offenders or to the courts, the teaching and mentoring of new psychologists, and management and administration.

    Award recipients must be members of the CPA Criminal Justice Psychology Section during the year that the award is given.

  • 2020: no award
  • 2019: R. Karl Hanson
  • 2018: no award
  • 2017: no award
  • 2016: no award
  • 2015: Jean Proulx
  • 2014: Robert Hare
  • 2013: William Marshall
  • 2012: James Ogloff
  • 2011*: Howard Barbaree
  • 2010: Christopher Webster
  • 2009: James Bonta
  • 2008: Stephen Wong
  • 2007: Grant Harris, Robert Hoge
  • 2006: (no award)
  • 2005: Vernon Quinsey
  • 2004: Paul Gendreau
  • 2003: Alan Leschied, Marnie Rice
  • 2002: Donald A. Andrews
  • *Career Contribution Award renamed the Don Andrews Career Contribution Award.


    Significant Contribution Award

    The Significant Contribution Award recognizes a specific work that has been recently completed (within the last year or two) that makes a significant contribution to the application of psychology to criminal behaviour, criminal justice, and/or law. The work could be theoretical, empirical or applied. For the theoretical and empirical works, the award would typically be based on a paper published during the previous year in an academic or professional journal. The applied contributions would address the creation and implementation of psychological services to offenders or to the courts. The effective promotion and administration of psychologists and psychological services would also qualify as a significant contribution (e.g., setting up a treatment center, hiring 10 new psychologists). If a member of the section makes exceptional contributions on different years, then it is possible for the same individual to receive this award more than once.

  • 2020: no award
  • 2019: Raymond Chip Tafrate, Damon Mitchell, David Simourd
  • 2018: no award
  • 2017: Anne Crocker, Tonia Nicholls, Michael Seto, Malijaï Caulet, and Yanick Charette
  • 2016: (no award)
  • 2015: (no award)
  • 2014: Stefanie Rezansoff, Akm Moniruzzaman, Carmen Gress & Julian Somers
  • 2013: (no award)
  • 2012: Jeremy Mills
  • 2011: Jane Barker
  • 2010: Zoe Hilton
  • 2009: Adelle Forth, Craig Bennell, and Joanna Pozzulo
  • 2008: (no award)
  • 2007: Kelley Blanchette, Shelley Brown
  • 2006: Wagdy Loza
  • 2005: Dorothy Cotton
  • 2004:(no award)
  • 2003: Pamela Yates
  • 2002: Robert Cormier
  • Student Award Winners

    Student awards are given to outstanding poster presentations as judged by a panel of CPA Criminal Justice Psychology Executive members.


    Mitchell Kilger
    Honourable mention: Bryan White

    Lindsay Adams
    Honourable mention: Isaac Cormier

    2018: no award


    Jean-Philippe Galipeau (graduate)
    (undergraduate – no award)


    IRan Wei (graduate)
    man Zahirfar (undergraduate)

    2015: North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference:

    Simon Davies – Graduate Level Winner
    Annik Mossiere – Graduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Andrew Gray – Graduate Level 2nd Runner-up
    Andreanne Lapierre – Undergraduate Level Winner
    Carissa Toop – Undergraduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Catherine Gallagher – Undergraduate Level 2nd Runner-up


    Janet Tarallo (graduate)
    Catherine Gallagher (undergraduate)


    Nicholas Longpre (graduate winner)
    Jacqueline M Kanippayoor (graduate runner-up)
    Devon Madill (undergraduate winner)
    Samantha Riopka (undergraduate runner-up)

    2012: Janelle Beaudette (graduate); Alysha Baker (undergraduate)

    2011 North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference:

    Sophie Dickson & Allanah Casey: Graduate Level Winner
    Maria Tsoukalas: Graduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Kathy Keating: Graduate Level 2nd Runner-up
    Amanda Woods: Undergraduate Level Winner
    Rebecca Maitland: Undergraduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Melissa Miele: Undergraduate Level 2nd Runner-up

    2010: Carrie Tanasichuk (graduate); Andrew Gray (undergraduate)
    2009: Laura Hanby
    2008: Caleb Lloyd
    2007 North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference:

    Celeste Lefebvre: Graduate Level Winner
    Sarah Manchak: Graduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Erin Ross: Graduate Level 2nd Runner-up
    Diana Grech: Undergraduate Level Winner
    Leigh Greiner: Undergraduate Level 1st Runner-up
    Leanne ten Brinke: Undergraduate Level 2nd Runner-up

    2006: Alyssa Taylor
    2005: Shevaun Corey
    2004: Karen Parhar
    2003: Heather Clark
    2002: Kathleen Lewis
    2001: Jennifer van de Ven
    2000: (no award)
    1999: Jeremy Mills
    1998: Craig Dowden
    1997: Audrey Gordon, Mimi Mamak (tie)
    1996: Franca Cortoni
    1995: Kelley Blanchette
    1994: Kevin Douglas
    1993: Gurmeet Dhaliwal
    1992: Paul Hebert
    1991: Larry Motiuk
    1990: Elsie De Vita


    Award Procedures

    Nominations received by the Criminal Justice Section Executive must include a cover letter outlining how the nominee qualifies for the award, a Curriculum Vitae of the nominee and other supporting documentation. This documentation could include, for example, a copy of the research article nominated as the “Significant Achievement”, a description of a treatment program/facility, numbers of citations in the Social Citation Index, or letters/testimonials from clients and coworkers. The decision as to whether to give the award would be based on a vote of the full Criminal Justice Executive (including student members). Either, both or neither of (1) the Significant Contribution Award and (2) the Career Contribution Award could be given each year.

    The award would be announced in Crime Scene and Psynopsis.  The Awards will be presented at the annual Canadian Psychological Association conference. 

    If you would like to nominate a colleague for either award, please forward the nomination to Section Chair.