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Dr. Dorothy W. Cantor, President of the American Psychological
Foundation presenting Dr. Sattler's Gold Medal for
Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

In recognition of his exemplary contributions to the field of psychology, the American Psychological Foundation awarded Jerome M. Sattler, SDSU Emeritus Professor, the Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology. Dr. Sattler received the award during a special ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, August 2005, in Washington, D.C.

The citation of the award reads as follows:

“For a lifetime of distinguished contributions to the application of psychological measurement to the assessment of children, and to the education of a legion of applied and research psychologists. Jerome M. Sattler's textbooks on child assessment are internationally recognized as among psychology's most influential resources, and his research on assessment has been exemplary. His name alone evokes good testing practice. He possesses a rare combination of intelligence, clarity of thought, flexibility, patience, creativity, and excellent writing ability. His contributions to the fields of clinical and school psychology have been unparalleled, and his work has indelibly benefited psychological science and practice."

The American Psychological Foundation began giving Gold Medal Awards in 1956. The recipients during the early years of the award included Robert S. Woodworth, Edwin G. Boring, Gordon W. Allport, B. F. Skinner, and Gardner Murphy. Jerry has many connections with former Gold Medal recipients. These include Kenneth B. Clark  (1987), who was Jerry's first psychology teacher at City College of New York in 1948. The second was Gardner Murphy (1972), who also was at the City College of New York. Dr. Murphy was Jerry's teacher in a course on theories of personality. The third was Fritz Heider (1987), who was Jerry's major professor at the University of Kansas. Dr. Heider supervised Jerry's MA thesis and Ph.D. dissertation. Finally, Jerry has connections with Robert Rosenthal (2003), who hired Jerry as a professor at the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Sattler is nationally known for his Assessment of Children books that have sold over 300,000 copies. Six editions have been translated into Spanish and a brief edition of his behavioral text focusing on interviewing and observations has been published in Chinese. He has also published more than 100 articles and monographs, and has given over 225 speeches, workshops, and symposia in the fields of clinical and school psychology. In addition, Sattler co-authored the fourth edition of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and served as a Fulbright lecturer in Malaysia from 1972-1973.

Dr. Sattler began his 46th year at San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2011. Since his retirement in 1994, he established an endowment fund to support the SDSU Library and also established endowments for several organizations devoted to helping children with special needs, including children who are homeless, children of battered mothers, and children with mental and behavioral problems. He continues to write and give workshops. His latest book was published in December 2009 and focused on the WAIS–IV. Sattler is grateful to SDSU for supporting his work, not only during his 29 years of active teaching, but also during the years since his retirement.