Asmundson receives award for contributions to psychology

Posted: February 18, 2014 11:54 a.m.

Dr. Gordon Asmundson, psychology professor
Dr. Gordon Asmundson, psychology professor Photo: U of R Photography

Dr. Gordon Asmundson has been chosen to receive the 2014 Donald O. Hebb Award for distinguished contributions to the scientific field of psychology. Presented by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), this award is the organization’s highest award for science. 

Following the legacy of Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb, widely known as the father of neuropsychology, the Donald O. Hebb award is presented to CPA members or fellows who have made significant and long-standing contributions to Canadian psychology as a scientific discipline. The recipient of this award is one whose research has enhanced the knowledge base of psychology; who demonstrates leadership as a teacher or theorist; and whose work has substantially influenced the development of psychology. 

“True gratification comes from knowing that my peers hold in such high esteem the products of the work my team and I are doing to understand and alleviate various forms of human suffering”, says Asmundson. “It is an honour to have my name stand beside the most eminent Canadian psychologists, to be considered amongst the likes of Donald Hebb and the 32 other recipients of this award. I can only hope that my work will ultimately have the same impact that I know theirs has had”.

Asmundson is a world-renowned expert in anxiety disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain. A clinical psychologist, Asmundson has been a faculty member at the University of Regina since 2002. He is actively involved in clinical research, supervision and mentoring, and has a small private practice treating Canadian Forces veterans and RCMP members with PTSD. He holds several editorial posts, including as Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He has published almost 300 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has written six books.  In 2005-2006, Asmundson trained as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, and in 2009, received the highest accolade available to scientists and scholars in Canada – induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently the President’s Chair for Academic Excellence in Adult Mental Health Research.

“This award is an outstanding and well-deserved recognition of Dr. Asmundson’s work”, says Dr.  Vianne Timmons, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina. “It is a testament to the important contributions being made by our researchers at the University of Regina to the study and science of psychology”. 

The award will be presented at the upcoming CPA Convention in June, at which time Asmundson will be invited to present an address to members.