The Society for Health Psychology 2020 Mentoring Award

Congratulations to two of our wonderful psychology faculty members on receiving the 2020 mentoring award from The Society of Health Psychology! Read more about their bodies of work below.  

Dr. Richard Contrada 












Professor Richard J. Contrada has received the 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award from the Society for Health Psychology.  The Society is one of the largest divisions of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  This award allows mentees and colleagues to honor the generative role a psychologist has played in the careers of other health psychologists, and by exemplifying excellence in his or her own career. It is intended to recognize those health psychologists who have given their expertise, time, energy, and support to other health psychologists to help them find success. The award celebrates a sustained record of successful mentoring of multiple trainees, including undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career professionals, and of fostered advancements in Health Psychology via contributions to the professional development of trainees.


Dr. Diana Sanchez

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Diana T. Sanchez receives the 2020 Dean’s Advisory Council Award for the Mentoring of Graduate Students. This award was established to recognize excellence in the mentoring of graduate students at Rutgers University.  Prof. Diana Sanchez (Psychology) has been on the Rutgers faculty since 2005. She has published over 80 articles, been awarded several research grants, and has been recognized by prestigious professional organizations such as the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her work focuses on racial identity, sexism and prejudice.  She has served on the Executive Council of SGS, SGS’s Committee on Responsible Conduct and Professionalism in Graduate Education, the Psychology Department’s Diversity Committee, and many other committees and task forces (within Rutgers and within the profession), and is known for her leadership and innovation.  She has served as the primary advisor to 8 graduate students and served on committees of dozens more.  Her students are routinely recipients of prestigious awards for research.  Prof. Sanchez’s students include faculty members at the University of Connecticut, Kent State University and Skidmore College.