Psychology professor scoops major award

A Griffith University psychologist who wrote the book on applied psychology has been honoured with an award by the prestigious American Psychological Association.

Professor Paul Martin, head of the School of Applied Psychology at the Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses, was cited for his role as editor-in-chief of the leading global textbook Handbook of Applied Psychology.

“America is the home of psychology and the APA is the premier psychological association in the world,” he said.

“That they have recognised the work of an Aussie is very gratifying,” he said.

Professor Martin was presented with the Citation for Excellence at the 119th APA Convention in Washington DC.

The Handbook of Applied Psychology includes the work of 73 authors from 14 countries.

Only one institution, Griffith University, is represented by three writers – Professor Martin, Associate Professor Ian Glendon and Dr Joe Reser who are all linked to the School of Applied Psychology.

“Awards like this really acknowledge Griffith University as one of the premier institutions for the study of applied psychology in Australia and around the world.

“To be head of a school of this standing and to work with such colleagues is really gratifying,” Professor Martin said.

The Handbook is set for its Australian launch at Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt campus on August 23.