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The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance.

Since 1999, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards have been presented to organizations by state, provincial and territorial psychological associations with support from the American Psychological Association. The award program highlights a variety of workplaces, large and small, profit and non-profit, in diverse geographical settings.

Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in the following five areas:

  • Employee Involvement
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Employee Growth and Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Employee Recognition

Our local award program has been extremely successful, including three previous local winners, one of which later winning the national title.

Meet the 2014 winners

is a healthcare organization, serving Floridians for more than 40 years, with a superior provider network of over 23,000 doctors, hospitals and specialists. They have ranked "Highest in Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans in Florida" for two years in a row by JD Power & Assoc. AvMed clearly cares for its people and focuses on employee well-being. There are about 800 employees in the AvMed family all within the state of Florida. One comment from a senior executive was that they create a "wow" experience for their customers, and this begins with creating a "wow" factor for the employees. Employees are allowed to design their own workspace, there is open communication and trust, there are benefits for domestic partners, there are policies and practices to help balance work and home life. Congratulations to AvMed for this prestigious award.

Team Horner Group was founded February 1969 and focuses on pool products and supplies. Bill Kent, CEO, is very focused on maintaining a professional business and is very committed to education and growth of employees. They have close to 400 employees and have offices throughout Florida. Team Horner's values are: working together, growing together and winning together. The employees refer to themselves as family. Employees have flexible and individualized work schedules to help with personal home issues and management listens to its employees. Congratulations to Team Horner Group for this prestigious award.

Moore Communications Group is a nationally ranked integrated communications firm providing public relations, advertising, marketing and digital media solutions for their clients. Independently owned and 20 years old, they have offices in South Florida, New Orleans and Washington, DC. The organization is very community oriented and has an annual commitment to the community of over $100,000. The values of the firm are clearly understood and talked about. Everyone lives by ethical behavior, integrity and great customer service. Employees have flexible work schedules so people can work from anywhere. Moore Communications Group allows their employees to bring their pets to the office and they have a "creative room" for brainstorming projects. They have won numerous professional awards: Florida's Best Companies to Work For, Fastest Growing Companies in America, Florida Company to Watch, just to name a few. Congratulations to Moore Communications Group for this prestigious award.


Why apply?


Research shows that employee turnover costs an organization approximately 150% of the base salary of the employee to be replaced.. Some of these costs include those associated with recruiting, hiring, and retraining new employees. The PHWA application process is a FREE management consulting service to companies that will add to their bottom line with employee retention and attracting key employees.  Applicants receive a FREE site visit from experience licensed psychologists who will assess whether or not you have a psychological healthy workplace.  This is a major benefit to any company or organization, whether or not you win the award.  You will receive valuable information that will improve your company at NO COST. Turnover costs are often estimated to be 100% to 300% of the base salary of the replaced employee but 150% has been commonly cited

Psychologically healthy workplace practices can help you:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to the health and well-being of your employees
  • Attract and retain top-quality talent
  • Engage employees
  • Enhance organizational performance
  • Respond to employee expectations
  • Control healthcare costs



The Award Process

The application process includes several steps. First, organizations complete and submit an initial application. After the application is reviewed by representatives from the psychological association in the state, province or territory in which the company is located, additional information may be requested and organizations are selected for a site visit. In addition to touring the facilities, the state psychological association representatives administer an employee survey and talk to individuals at various levels throughout the organization including senior managers, human resources personnel and other employees. The state psychological association representatives review all of the information collected for each applicant and in a competitive evaluation process, select their award winners. Awards are presented at a special event and the winners are announced to the media



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Meet the Psychologically Health Workplace Awards Committee
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Christina Sarabia, Ph.D.member of the PHWA Committee, is an industrial organizational psychologist passionate about working with managers and senior leaders to help employees of all levels reach their full potential. She has been focused on creating productive and engaged workforces in a variety of roles for several large corporations.   She is currently the Manager Organizational Development at Exactech, a medical device company, in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Sarabia can be reached at: 352-225-3514 and at

Larry Kubiak, Ph.D.
Larry Kubiak, Ph.D. is the Vice Chair of the PHWA committee. He has served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center, a 50 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital, for over 20 years. He is a past President of FPA and was named Psychologist of the Year in 2004. His employer, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, was the first FPA winner of the  PHWA and the first hospital to win the national award by APA as well as best practices recognition. He can be reached at 850-431-5879.

Abhi R. Gujar, Ph.D.
Abhishek R. Gujar, Ph.D. is a senior analyst in the area of enterprise analytics/business intelligence at Orlando Health, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system. He is currently involved in data warehousing operations and implementing Lean Six Sigma processes. He has held positions in organization development, working in the areas of leadership development, on-boarding, team development, performance management, and employee engagement surveys. Dr. Gujar received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

Barbara A. Fritzsche, PhD
Barbara A. Fritzsche, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Master's Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida.  She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Organizational Behavior and consults with organizations on managerial assessment and development.  Her research focuses on workplace diversity (especially the aging workforce) and employee wellness initiatives.  She can be reached at: 407-823-0674.

Jane Allen Petrick, Ph.D.

Jane Allen Petrick, Ph.D., organizational psychologist, has, for over 35 years, served as an executive and consultant to organizations worldwide, including IBM, Nextel Brasil, and Deloitte & Touche.  Author of numerous articles on workplace behavior, her second book, Making the Connection: Getting Work To Work has been described as "wisdom that will benefit you at any stage of your career".  She is currently vice-president of Informed Decisions International.  Selected by Ebony Magazine as "one of the 100 Best and Brightest Business Women in America",  Jane is committed to helping working America break the Dilbert syndrome and rediscover the joy of wise work.  Because work is a four letter word.  But so is life.  And so is love.    


Paul Spector, Ph.D.
Paul E. Spector is a distinguished university professor of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and I/O doctoral program director at the University of South Florida. He is also director of the NIOSH funded Sunshine Education and Research Center’s Occupational Health Psychology doctoral program. He is the Associate Editor for Point/Counterpoint for Journal of Organizational Behavior, Associate Editor for Work & Stress, and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Resources Management Review. His main research interests are in occupational health psychology, including injuries, stress and workplace aggression, and research methodology.

Lindsay Dhanani
Lindsay Dhanani is a second year graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. Her areas of interest include occupational health psychology and workplace climate. Her ultimate goal is to help identify organizational practices that create psychologically healthy workplaces.

Joseph Gisondo, PhD, CEAP

Joseph Gisondo PhD, CEAP, a Clinical/Consulting Psychologist and Certified Employee Assistance Professional, has devoted his professional efforts on behavioral healthcare. He has a private practice in Palm Beach that offers customized interventions for the derailed business owner and senior executive working in an intense C – Suiteenvironment. As a consultant, he partners with client organizations to shape  their bottom line performance, productivity and engagement by impacting on the human factors by delivering innovative clinical applications to workplace challenges. He has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, College and Universities, Addiction Treatment Centers as well as small employers. In addition to several leadership positions, he was the EAP Manager/Psychologist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York for 15 years, and was the recipient of the first NY Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2002. Since his relocation to South Florida, he enjoys a faculty appointment at Nova Southeastern University and is past President of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) in NY and for two terms in South Florida. He is a member of American Psychological Association (Divisions 13, 42 and 50), the Society for Psychologist in Management (SPIM). and Metro in NYC for Applied Psychology. He may be reached at 561-316-8030 or


Myron A. Harvey, PhD

Myron A. Harvey, PhD, SPHR is the Founder and President of Human Capital Consulting (HCC).  HCC is an international management consulting firm focused on helping organizations evaluate, select, develop, and transition current and rising generation leaders to new roles.  Established in 1979, HCC has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes in all stages of the business life cycle operating within a wide range of industries and markets.  As an internal HR executive and external consultant, Dr. Harvey has led the design and implementation of comprehensive management succession practices; integrated, competency-based talent management programs; and cross-functional M&A, and organizational change and risk management leadership teams.  He can be reached at: or 772-360-7267.    


Archana Manapragada

Archana Manapragada is a second year graduate student at Florida International University in Miami, FL and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her current research involves occupational stress, workplace safety, and employee health. She has held internships at a research consulting firm in Miami, FL and a mental health and substance abuse therapy center in Boca Raton, FL. She can be reached at (305) 348-3439. 

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