Date: April 24, 2023
CPE Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Phillip Atiba Solomon Awarded the American Psychological Association’s 2023 APA Award for
Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest
WASHINGTON—Dr. Phillip Atiba Solomon (f.k.a. Goff) has received the American Psychological Association’s 2023 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award.
APA and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) present the annual Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy to a psychologist whose contributions stem from one extraordinary achievement or from a lifetime of work.
“I’m humbled to receive this award, but the honor belongs to the communities whose truth remains at the margins of our science,” said Dr. Solomon. “The work my collaborators and I pursue is novel mostly because the populations most affected by racism in policing have not received the scholarly attention they deserve. I know our partners and the team at the Center for Policing Equity are heartened by this recognition that amplifies collective action to reduce our reliance on systems of punishment, increase our reliance on systems of care, and above all else listen to those closest to the problem when crafting solutions.”
The award recognizes research that leads others to “view specific public policies differently, research demonstrating the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy, or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge of human behavior informs public policy.”
Dr. Solomon will be honored at a ceremony the APA will host later this year.