CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 4, 2014) — An international leader in applied psychology, Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., dean and professor at the School of Education and Human Development, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention by the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He will receive the award from the society’s Prevention Section at the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto next August.
“Throughout my career, I have focused on the prevention of psychosocial problems and the promotion of well-being in all its aspects,” said Prilleltensky, who is also the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. “I believe strongly in the need for social justice and building partnerships to address chronic problems like discrimination, child abuse, and poverty.”
Prilleltensky’s studies have been published in numerous professional journals including The Counseling Psychologist , which dedicated a special issue to his work. He has published seven books and more than 120 articles and chapters.
Prilleltensky is currently leading an interdisciplinary team that includes his wife, Ora, a former professor at the School of Education and Human Development. The team is developing assessments and online interventions to promote the interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) aspects of well-being. Soon his team will launch an online program to promote wellness through fun and games.
A native of Argentina, Prilleltensky has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 23 countries.
“I am very gratified to see the concepts of prevention, well-being, and social justice take root in academic institutions around the world,” Prilleltensky said.
Since becoming dean in 2006, Prilleltensky has expanded the school’s community partnerships and programs and launched new graduate and undergraduate courses related to human development. Under his leadership, the school established the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, renovated and expanded the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling, and provided a home on the UM campus to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, a nonprofit organization.
In 2011 Prilleltensky received the “Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award” of the Community Psychology Division of APA, and the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2002 he was named a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society.