Trisha A. Stark Community Involvement Award

Nomination Deadline for 2020: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Psychological Association invites members to nominate individuals and/or organizations with psychologist volunteers, who have demonstrated significant contribution to the community through volunteer activity. The enhancement of community is very important, and this award is given in the spirit of recognizing and promoting the volunteer service of psychologists to improve their community. The individual award will be given to an MPA member who has been involved in a single noteworthy project, or a series of projects. A collaborative award will be given to an organization in which a psychologist volunteer plays an active and integral part of a project related to improving mental health or personal functioning of individuals or the community at large.

This award acknowledges and memorializes Dr. Stark’s unfailing advocacy for underserved members or our community. Dr. Stark has served on the Board of Directors for Walk-In Counseling Center, People Incorporated, and served as Chair of the Governing Council, State Operated Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in addition to holding virtually every volunteer and paid position within MPA. Dr. Stark is generous with her time and resources in far too many ways to enumerate. Her passion is to ensure that all people, especially those most in need, receive effective and prompt access to needed mental health services and other services.

Nomination Instructions

Must include the psychologist’s name, the affiliated organization where appropriate, the type of projects carried out, and a description of how the volunteer project(s) have enhanced the community. Email the requirements to [email protected].  



Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.