Anthony Perillo, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, recently received the 2021 Early Career Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society.

The American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) has named Perillo its 2021 Early Career Teaching and Mentoring Award recipient, an honor for outstanding teaching and mentoring in the field of psychology and law. The Early Career Award is for those who received their PhD or JD degree within seven years. 

Perillo, who received a 2020 Academic Advising and Mentoring Award from IUP's Center for Teaching Excellence, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, assistant director of clinical training for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program, and Assessment Clinic supervisor in IUP’s Center for Applied Psychology. His approach to teaching and mentoring follows a pedagogy of kindness, principles that prioritize compassion for student needs. A pedagogy of kindness comes down to two things: believe students and believe in students. Through his emphasis on experiential learning and professional development, Perillo approaches his work striving to offer students an instructor and mentor they can respect and trust.

Some of Perillo’s key achievements in mentoring students include setting up a peer-review mentorship system, co-running a Forensic Journal Club with Jen Perillo for IUP’s PsyD students, two dissertation grants for his PsyD students, two peer-reviewed journal articles with PsyD students, and eight student-led national conference presentations.