Nicole Gravina, Department of Psychology Assistant Professor, received the 2019 Award for Early Career Innovation in Consulting Psychology, from the American Psychological Association’s Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology, SCP.
This award is reserved for consulting psychologists whose work is of significant impact during the early career years. It gives recognition for innovation in practice or research that is distinguished by its clear impact on an organization, its notable influence on the practice of consulting psychology more generally, or its clear promise for creating new directions in some area directly translatable to practice.
The 2019 award is in recognition of Dr. Gravina’s academic and practice accomplishments in terms of using organizational behavior management to improve safety in organizations, and the application of teaching and coaching methods that clearly have an impact on behavior. Along with clear measurement and rigorous methods of the evalutaion of her interventions, the award committee noted Dr. Gravina’s ability to apply social science in a way that is digestible for the business audiences she serves.
Notably, Dr. Gravina evaluates interventions aimed at having a positive impact in three areas: 1) Increasing safe practices and reducing workplace injuries, 2) Improving performance and service delivery in human services and healthcare settings, and, 3) Developing leadership and coaching skills. This work is an exemplar of translational work that has connecting academic research to consulting in applied settings.