We have the honor of announcing the 2023 LACPA award recipients

who will be recognized during our 35th annual Convention

on October 21st, 2023 at UCLA.


Image of Senator Henry Stern

 Henry Stern, State Senator (D) – Los Angeles, will receive the 2023 Award for Distinguished Legislator.

He is a sixth-generation Californian representing nearly one million constituents in the California State Senate’s 27th District. A graduate of Harvard and UC Berkeley Law School, he has continually advocated for increased care and funding for mental health and our state’s most vulnerable populations.




Image of Dr. Arthur Kovacs

Arthur Kovacs, Ph.D.
, will receive the 2023 Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology.

Dr. Kovacs has been a Practicing Psychologist for over 60 years. He was the Founding Campus Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant) and was a Professor/Teacher/Administrator/Mentor for many years. He also served on the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives for many years and was a Consultant on Healthcare Reform by the APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Psychology. He has consulted for many community organizations and was the Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.


Image of Dr. John Geirland

John Geirland, Ph.D.
, will be honored with the 2023 Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member Award.

Dr. Geirland has been a LACPA member for over 10 years, having served on the Board of Directors as Editor of its periodical, The Los Angeles Psychologist (LAP). Over many years, Dr. Geirland fulfilled these duties with humor, grace, wisdom, and diplomacy.