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Stanley Krippner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From APA Division 32.

Stanley Krippner may be one of the most celebrated psychologists of the 21st century.  He certainly doesn’t lack for awards.

A Fellow of four American Psychological Association divisions and past-president of two, he’s received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, an award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis from the APA (Division 30), an award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology from the APA, The Senior Contributor Award from the APA (Division 17)  … among many others.

There’s even a movie being made about his life and work (learn more about it here).

But his career is so multifaceted in its success – covering everything from the study of dreams to neuroscience, from the psychology of sex to treatment options for veterans with PTSD – that perhaps equal diversity in awards is needed.

It is in that spirit of remarkable diversity and accomplishment that Dr. Krippner has, in his 80th year, received the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology from APA Division 32.

Yet when asked for comment, Dr. Krippner chose not to reminisce about the past, but to focus on the work needed for the future.

“Humanistic psychology is needed more than ever,” he said.  “Mainstream psychology has not been able to slow down the rate of soldier and veteran suicide.  Mainstream psychology has not addressed destruction of the environment and the psychological motives behind deniers of climate change.  Mainstream psychology has not been able to incorporate new paradigms such as chaos theory, complexity theory, quantum-oriented neuroscience, and terror management theory to fathom anomalous phenomena, human creativity, and the treatment of human trauma.”

“We cannot guarantee that humanistic-existential-transpersonal-phenomenological psychology can do any better,” he added, “but this is a voice worthy of being heard.”

The lifetime achievement award was presented on Saturday, August 3, by the Society for Humanistic Psychology at the APA’s annual conference.

Saybrook offers its deepest congratulations, and is proud to serve as Dr. Krippner academic home.

Posted at 11:43 AM

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I can't think of a more deserving individual. Stanley is a national treasure. We would all do well to respond to his clarion call for the future of psychology and humankind. Thank you Dr. Krippner for your guiding light!

Posted by Darlene Viggiano (not verified) | 08/06/2013 @ 06:52 PM

How thrilling to hear that Stan has earned this much deserved, Lifetime Achievement Award! I certainly hope mainstream psychology will recognize what is needed to create a better world and that humanistic psychology will have an important role to play. Congratulations Stan!

Posted by Christina Robertson (not verified) | 08/08/2013 @ 04:08 PM

Stanley has been source of inspiration and kindness in the world he was pivotal in my time at Saybrook and a great support all the way through. Traveled to China with him and saw first hand his steadiness in maintaining academic rigor and human kindness. I know that any of my colleagues have sung his praises yet Stan maintains a humble presence always curious about the truth in exploring consciousness and the human life.

Congratulations to a great scholar, teacher, and human chap.

Posted by Ian Macnaughton (not verified) | 08/11/2013 @ 09:25 PM