The division is part of the American Psychological Association.
The award is the division’s highest level of recognition for excellence in science. It is given to a member of the school psychology community “in recognition of a career-long program of scholarship reflecting outstanding contributions to the science base of the profession.”
Skinner received the award earlier this month.
The division’s executive committee said Skinner “has sustained a highly impressive record of programmatic research that has advanced the science and practice of school-based intervention for academic difficulties.”
They noted that he and his students have conducted more than 100 behavior change studies that examine effective interventions that improve reading, mathematics, writing, and behavior problems.
“His efforts to merge strong methodological design with practicality and feasibility for school personnel are especially unique and serve as a model for the field,” they said. “Dr. Skinner has made equally impressive contributions to theories, such as those addressing students’ academic choice behaviors. Given his prolific record of scholarship, it is no surprise that Dr. Skinner was recently cited as one of the most productive school psychology researchers over the past fifteen years.”