Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore (AOCPS) – 2011

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore (AOCPS) was presented at the 32nd Annual General Meeting.

The Singapore Psychological Society is pleased to present the AOCPS to Prof George Bishop.

Citation for Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore (AOCPS) 2011

George Bishop received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University in 1976 and served as a research psychologist with the US Army from 1975 to 1979.  He then moved to academia and has taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, the University of Texas at San Antonio and, since 1991, at the National University of Singapore.  He came to NUS on a one year visiting appointment and, after getting involved in research that was best conducted in Singapore, stayed on at NUS in a regular faculty appointment.  He became Professor of Psychology in 2003 and in 2005, when the Department of Social Work and Psychology was split into the Department of Social Work and the Department of Psychology, became the founding head of the Department of Psychology.  During his headship the Department of Psychology has grown from 13 to 34 full time academic staff and the department has instituted two Master of Psychology (Clinical) programs, one that is entirely taught at NUS and a second leading to a joint degree with the University of Melbourne. He also currently serves as advisor or external examiner to psychology programs at Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.

He has had two periods of service on the Singapore Psychological Society Council.  He first served on the Council from 1993 to 1995 when chaired the Publications Committee.  He returned to the Council in 2006 and has served as Vice President since 2008.  He was also a member of the Scientific Committee for the XXV International Congress of Applied Psychology held in Singapore in 2002 and organized by SPS.

In recognition of his contributions to the development of Psychology in Singapore as well as the Singapore Psychological Society, George Bishop is hereby awarded the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore.