A portion of Dr Figley’s awards are associated with his scholarship, innovation, and other contributions in several fields and areas of specialization associated with stress. But a good portion of these awards recognizes Dr. Figley’s devotion to teaching, mentoring, civic action, and service.

VI. HONORS (Award, Organization, Date)

  1. The 2016 Health and Human Development College, Penn State University Alumni Recognition Award. State College, Pennsylvania, October.

  2. The 2016 Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Sciences Award, October.

  3. The 2015 Penn State University Graduate School Alumni Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, State College, Pennsylvania, October. April. 

  4. Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, May 28, 2014.

  5. Choice (American Library Association Magazine) awarded the Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide their Outstanding Academic Titles for the 2013-14 academic year.

  6. Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of the American Library Association) awarded the Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, the Outstanding Reference Source of 2013.

  7. Distinguished Mentor Award, Student Section, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, November 2011.

  8. American Family Therapy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, the American Family Therapy Academy, August, 2009.

  9. American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology3, 2009.

  10. The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair and Professorship, Tulane University, 2008.

  11. Jericho Angel of Hope, The Jericho Project (New York City), 2008.

  12. The 2006 Humanitarian Award, the University of Missouri International Center for

    Psychosocial Trauma.

  13. The 2006 Apex Award of Publication Excellence, Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community by Communications Concepts (Springfield, Virginia)

  14. Marriage and Family Therapy Institute Annual Lecture, University of Georgia, 2005

  15. Frontiers of Science Lecturer, University of Ottawa, 2005

  16. Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, 2005.

  17. Academic Keys, Who’s Who in Social Science Education, 2005.

  18. Alumni Fellow, Elected by the Pennsylvania State University, 2004.

  19. Fulbright Research Fellowship to Kuwait, 2003-2004.

  20. Distinguished Service to Families Award, the National Council on Family Relations (co-recipient with Kathleen Regan Figley), November 2001.

  21. Community Service Award by the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the division of the American Association located in Washington, DC, 2000.

  22. President's FSU Continuing Education Award, April 2000.

  23. Outstanding Program Award by the University Professional Continuing Education

    Association (UPCEA) for the FSU Traumatology Institute Certificate Program, 2000.

  24. Shaffer Award for Contributions to the Victim's Movement in the Field of Research by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), August 2000.

  25. Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy, Tallahassee

    Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, November 1998.

  26. Psychologist of the Year, American Psychological Association, Division 43 (Family

    Psychology), 1997

  27. Elected, Academy of Traumatology, 1997

  28. Advancement of Science Award faculty of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Trauma, Loss & Dissociation Conference, 1996

  29. Professor of the Year, FSU School of Social Work Students Association, 1996-1997

  30. Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1994-1995

  31. Pioneer Award (for distinguished life time achievement), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 1994

  32. Distinguished Service, American Psychological Association, Division 43 (Family Psychology), 1990

  33. Listed, WHO'S ON TOP IN PSYCHOLOGY, 1988

  34. Distinguished Contribution, Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 1988

  35. Distinguished Contributions Award, Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, 1985 

  36. Listed in the Inaugural Edition of Leaders on the Frontiers of Science, 1984

  37. Listed, Expert Scientist, Scientists' Institute for Public Information, New York, 1984 - present

  38. Elected Member, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, Purdue University Chapter,


  39. Awarded the Life Achievement Award, Veterans Administration, 1982

  40. Awarded Certificate of Commendation, American Red Cross, 1981

  41. Named Distinguished Scholar, Forgotten Warriors Project (Cleveland, Ohio), 1980

  42. Awarded the Margaret Sanger Founder Award, 1979

  43. Awarded Presidential Outstanding Community Achievement Certificate of Vietnam Era Veterans, 1979

  44. Awarded Teacher of the Year, Purdue University by Sigma Delta Chi, 1979

  45. Listed in the Inaugural Edition of Distinguished Leaders in Health Care, 1978

  46. Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, 1977

  47. Listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1977

  48. Awarded Student Award (Runner-up), National Council on Family Relations, 1974

  49. Awarded the Purdue Parents Association's Instructional Innovation Award, 1974.

  50. Awarded Educational Professions Development Award Fellowship, 1970-1971