The Global Alliance recognizes exemplary work consistent with our values.  We honor those who are engaged in research, policy and practice with a focus on 

  • creating humane social policy;
  • protecting human rights;
  • preventing behavioral health problems; 
  • strengthening communities, service systems and policy especially for disadvantaged populations.  

Learn more about our awards and award winners:

  Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners

The Max Hayman Award honors distinguished scholarship in the mental health disciplines that contributes to the elimination of genocide and the remembrance of the Holocaust.  

Karina Walters, PhD

Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) at the University of Washington. 




 The Marion Langer Award recognizes distinction in social advocacy and the pursuit of human rights. 

BarbaraBarbara Malak-Minkiewicz, PhD

Barbara has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Warsaw.  During the mid-1970s, she became deeply involved in the anti-communist movement in Poland, teaching workers about their human and civil rights.  Her activism eventually led to her arrest and imprisonment.  When she was released in 1982, she represented the student movement in their struggles with Communist authorities.  In recent years, she has led democracy education projects in Poland and other post-Communist countries.    

The Vera Paster Award recognizes a graduate student or post-graduate resident or fellow in a behavioral health or social justice program who is engaged in work that contributes significantly to the social, education, physical, or psychological well-being of persons of color, thereby promoting their empowerment and ameliorating disadvantage from oppression and its effects.

Fish Jillian Fish

Jill Fish is a PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Jill is a member of the Tuscarora tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Jill’s research is focused on mental health, education, and discrimination among Native American college students.