Outstanding Contribution to NPA Award

This award honors a psychologist whose work in our association has been of benefit to the organization.

2021 Outstanding Contribution to NPA Award Winner
L.E. Chapple-Love, Ph.D.
was recognize for the tireless work she has done this past year to the benefit of NPA. Her efforts on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee especially stands out. As expressed by a fellow NPA Member “Dr. Chapple-Love’s work to get an NPA float in the PRIDE parade, I feel, was extremely beneficial to the community, letting marginalized people know that they are safe with us, in a big way. In addition, she has taken on leadership roles in NPA and, at least for me, generated some excitement about participating in and taking a more active role in our organization. I think Dr. Chapple-Love has breathed new life into the organization and, knowing her personally, I have been able to witness just how much thought and consideration and energy she puts into helping NPA live up to its enormous potential.”

NPA also honored both Dr. Chapple-Love and Dr. Christina Patterson for the development and co-facilitating of the two town hall sessions earlier this year, which was a novel venture for NPA. Through their facilitation and survey, they created space for open conversations with NPA members to talk about the impact of the January 6th Capitol riot as well as to assess NPA's actions related to diversity efforts. These actions generated ideas for next steps, including topics for future CE trainings and interest in creating affinity groups. NPA truly appreciates all that they have done to shift NPA to becoming a more inclusive and aware organization.

2020 Outstanding Contribution to NPA Award Winner
Laura Drucker, Psy.D. was recognized for her efforts during service in leadership roles in the Northern Region for many years, rising to the occasion when others are not able to step up and taking on the valuable work that NPA does for all Nevada Psychologists. Dr. Drucker is a committed booster of our organization and provides effective guidance of NPA’s Northern Region Board as President. NPA feel that Dr. Drucker exemplifies the purpose of NPA “to advance psychology as a science and as a profession”.


Noelle Lefforge, Ph.D.
was recognized for her dedication as NPA President in 2016-2017. Dr. Lefforge has been a responsive leader and dedicated a great deal of her time and energy to our organization. Dr. Leffoge has done so much for our organization, including:

  • Presented a 2-hr Psychological First Aid seminar, which helped NPA earn PACT Coalition grant funding 
  • Suicide Prevention 6-hour live, virtual CE training, which brought in highest revenue from a live CE training to date for NPA.
  • Helped secure 2019 APA Services Legislative Grant funding to help cover expenses related to our work on the insurance panel denial form and network adequacy issues
  • Established a formal leadership mentor program for ECPs and drafted APA application, which secured APA ECP Leadership Fellowship grant funding.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Revised NPA's bylaws to embed DEI in NPA culture; DEI went from inactive to the largest NPA committee.
  • Transitioned NPA governance to a more, tech savvy electronic platform for monthly governance reporting, annual Officer ballots, and membership surveys
  • Served as APA Council of Representatives for two terms.  Clearly communicating all Council agenda items and surveying our members

2018 Lisa Linning
2017 Bree Mullin, Psy.D. and Travis Loughran
2016 Robyn Donaldson, Ph.D. and Steven Graybar, Ph.D.
2015 Susan Ayarbe, Ph.D. and Whitney Owens, Psy.D.
2014 Melanie Crawford, Ph.D.
2013 Liz Ritchett, Ph.D. and Stephanie Holland, Ph.D.
2012 Lindsey Ricciardi, Ph.D.
2011 Laura Drucker, Psy.D. and Shera Bradley, Ph.D.
2010 Lisa Linning, Ph.D.
2009 Julie Beasley, Ph.D.
2008 Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. and Lisa Linning, Ph.D.
2007 Paula Squitieri, Ph.D.
2004 Judy Phoenix, Ph.D.
2003 Judy Phoenix, Ph.D.
2001 Gary Lenkeit, Ph.D.
1999 David Antonuccio, Ph.D.