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At the 2007 APS Annual General Meeting, Professor Paul Martin was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the APS - the highest recognition the Society can offer - for his extraordinary and distinguished contribution to psychology and the APS.

Professor Paul Martin
Professor Paul Martin

Professor Paul Martin was awarded his DPhil from Oxford University in 1977 and came to Australia in 1979 to take up a lectureship in psychology at Monash University. He held academic positions in clinical psychology at Monash University and the University of Western Australia for 16 years before being appointed Professor of Psychology at the University of New England in 1996.

During his seven years at UNE, Professor Martin was the Head of the School of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training. In 2002, Professor Martin took up the position of Innovation Professor (Health and Clinical Psychology) to provide leadership in behavioural health research at RMIT University. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. His present role includes an appointment as Director of Psychology for Southern Health, Melbourne.

Professor Martin is recognised internationally as an authority on the aetiology and treatment of headache pain. He has also been actively engaged in research into depressive disorders, neonatal intervention, coping strategies for caregivers and obesity. He has published extensively on clinical and health applications of cognitive behaviour therapy and on the specialist training of clinical psychologists. In total he has authored, or edited, seven books and in excess of 100 chapters, articles and research reports. He has presented in excess of 100 national and international conference addresses, including more than 20 keynote addresses. He has been the recipient of a number of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research grants for his research into headache and other health-related conditions. In 2003, Professor Martin was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth Government for "services to Australian society and medicine".

Professor Martin was elected as a Fellow of the APS in 1993 and has since continued to serve the Society with great distinction. He was elected to the APS Board of Directors in 1997 and held the portfolio of Director of Science until 2000. He was again elected to the Board of Directors in 2000, this time as President of the Society, and re-elected as President in 2002, thus serving for the maximum period of four years.

Professor Martin's Presidency of the APS is characterised as a time of both consolidation and significant innovation for the Society. During his Presidency the Society consolidated its position of financial strength and there was further diversification of its income streams. The National Office was relocated from the Carlton headquarters to new accommodation in Collins Street, Melbourne, resulting in significant accommodation relief for National Office staff, suitable meeting spaces for the Board and National Committees, and a fresh professional image for the Society.

Building on that image and working closely with the newly appointed Executive Director, Professor Lyn Littlefield, Professor Martin enthusiastically set about expanding the Society's contacts and influence both within the psychology fraternity and beyond psychology with government, national research funding bodies, the scientific community and other professional groups. He campaigned vigorously to promote the profile of the psychological sciences with the NHMRC and the Australian Research Council, and for representation for psychology on NHMRC funding committees.

Within the APS, Professor Martin oversaw a thorough review of the Society's Strategic Plan and the commencement of the recent governance review. He supported the development of a strong social and cultural policy agenda. He championed the publication of PsychXchange, which has become the premier job advertisement website for psychology nationally and a major source of revenue for the Society.

On an international level, Professor Martin reinvigorated relationships with the British Psychological Society and was instrumental in forging a Memorandum of Understanding with the Psychological Society of South Africa. He consolidated the Society's involvement as a member of the International Union for Psychological Science (IUPsysS) and took steps to ensure that the Society represented Australian psychology on that international body.

One outstanding legacy of Professor Martin's Presidency is still to be realised and that is his visionary efforts to launch a bid for the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology to be held in 2010. He subsequently led the Society's successful bid to secure the 2010 International Congress and was elected as the President of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, which will be held in Melbourne in 2010.

Professor Paul Martin has made an outstanding and distinguished contribution to the APS and Australian psychology over a number of years, and election to Honorary Fellowship is a fitting recognition of his sustained and substantial achievements. n

The information in this article was extracted from citations by Emeritus Professor Graham Davidson FAPS and Professor Trang Thomas AM FAPS, nominating Professor Martin to the Honorary Fellowship.