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The APPLE (Appreciation for People who Promote Learning Excellence) award was first introduced by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and his Education Advisory Committee in 1979. The award recognizes individuals who help improve student achievement in extraordinary ways.

The 1999 APPLE award was presented to Dr. Caty by actor/humanitarian Gregory Peck and LA Board of Education member, Valerie Fields on behalf of the Los Angeles City Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools.

Valerie Fields declared:

Caren Caty's involvement in the Palisades Charter Complex has extended to many different schools and areas of student achievement too numerous to list in one paragraph. She has created and managed the Mental Health Services for the Palisades Charter School Foundation, which serves six schools. She has helped to bring a conflict resolution program to Palisades Elementary School and assisted peer mediation programs at three other campuses. Additionally at Palisades Elementary, she worked with the student body to create a school newspaper, a district award-winning video, and a lunchtime Olympics athletic program. She has implemented an effective mental health counseling program at Palisades Charter High School, serving approximately 150 students and their families per week. Having been instrumental in both parent and student outreach programs, Caren Caty has been "saving dozens of lives, every day, in many ways."

  Photo: Gregory Peck, Dr. Caren Caty and Valerie Fields

Gregory Peck was an iconic American actor who breathed life into many memorable characters. He won the Academy Award for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the Jene Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Valerie Fields was Mayor Tom Bradley’s education advisor and represented District 4 on the Los Angeles City Board of Education. She is a member of the Arts for LA coalition of partners.

Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award

for the Promotion of Wellness

The Effects of School-Based Group Psychotherapy on

At-Risk Adolescents’ Psychological Well-Being and School Adjustment

The Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness recognizes the best doctoral dissertation of the year in the area of promotion of wellness. Wellness is defined consistent with the conceptualization developed by Emory Cowen, Ph.D. to include the promotion of positive well-being and the prevention of dysfunction. Dissertations of high scholarly excellence that contribute to knowledge about theoretical issues or interventions are eligible.

Emory L. Cowen (1926-2000) was an influential American psychologist who pioneered the promotion of wellness. While he was a professor at University of Rochester, he developed the Primary Mental Health Project to initiate early detection of emotional disturbances in children in the school setting and implement secondary prevention in the context of the school setting.  In 1978 Dr. Cowen was a member of the Prevention Task Panel of President Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, which led to an increased emphasis on prevention within NIMH.


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