Spotlight (March 2012)

nola K. Proctor and James R. ZaboraEnola K. Proctor, left, and James R. Zabora were honored at a reception in January.

In January, the NASW Foundation hosted the Knee/ Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards to recognize Enola K. Proctor and James R. Zabora for their contributions to the health and mental health fields.

NASW President Jeane Anastas and NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark presented Proctor with the Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award and Zabora with the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award at a ceremony and reception held at the NASW national office in Washington, D.C.

“Enola, your accomplishments as a scientist are incredible,” said Dr. Robert Heinssen, who attended the event. “James, as a fellow alum, congrats on your achievements. I’m glad we can honor the both of you today for your work.”

Proctor is renowned for her work in advancing the field of mental health services research and for her prestigious appointment to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also the Associate Dean for Faculty for the Brown School at Washington University and is a longtime NASW member.

Zabora was previously elected as an NASW Social Work Pioneer® and is recognized for his contributions within the cancer domain, including providing the Breast and Cervical Screening Program for Baltimore City women in low-income brackets and his service as the Associate Director in the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

He is dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University and is editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.