DOUG FLETCHER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to either a member or non-member in recognition of:his or her
2016 Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Mary Kay Morrison
Founder/ Director Humor Quest, Author, Educator, Speaker
AATH members know Mary Kay Morrison as the Energizer Bunny of AATH presidents and the co-founder with Karyn Buxman of the AATH Humor Academy Certified Humor Professional (CHP) graduate studies program. It is hard to imagine a more hardworking, tireless, and persuasive (to get others to work hard, too) leader of AATH.
On the professional side, Mary Kay's book, “Using Humor to Maximize Living” is the text for Level I Humor Academy students and for numerous college courses. As an educator, Mary Kay has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum: facilitating keynote presentations and workshop sessions for the past 30 years. She has written extensively on the top 10 benefits of humor. Her work on the links between neuroscience and learning can be found in numerous education publications. Humor articles by Morrison have been published internationally in countries as diverse as India and Brazil, and she was the featured speaker at a televised national education conference in Turkey. She has been a university commencement speaker; a guest on talk radio shows, and has served on various Illinois State Board of Education “train the trainer” teams.
Although her long-term devotion to AATH is obvious, Mary Kay notes that her greatest joy is her family, including her husband Don, her children, and her12 beautiful grandchildren.
Additional information can be found on her website. http://www.questforhumor.com/
Past Award Winners
2015 Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement honoree: Joyce Saltman
Professor Emeritus of Special Education
Joyce Saltman is a professor Emeritus of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, she chose to receive her doctoral degree from Columbia, because she loved the color of their doctoral gown. It was no small feat that she was able to persuade her mentor to allow her to write her dissertation on “Humor in Adult Learning.” She also holds four graduate degrees in the fields of Special Education and Counseling. Joyce’s innovative teaching style has led to the development of a graduate course entitled. “The Enhancement of Learning Through Humor,” as well as a summer institute called, “Healing, Education Laughter and Play (HELP).
2014 Honorees: Alleen and Don Nilsen
In 2014, we weree honored to present the Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award to Alleen and Don Nilsen. Humor scholars, Alleen and Don Nilsen, retired from full-time teaching in the English Dept. at Arizona State University in May of 2011. However, they have continued teaching a class in Humor across the Disciplines at ASU, and also in sharing power points and presentations to senior citizen groups in the Phoenix area. When they taught their class to Honors College students and then to students in the English Department, they laughingly admit that the students were teaching them more about digital humor than they were teaching the students about “traditional” humor. They used what they learned from their students to make Power Points on such topics as Digital Humor; Humor and Aging; Humor and Health, Humor and Gender Issues; and The Features, Functions, and Subjects of Humor.
2013 Honoree: Lee Berk
In 2013, we presented the Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award to Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, FACSM, FAAIM, CHES, CLS. Dr. Berk is a preventive care specialist with research and interests in positive affect/emotions and their behavioral/biochemical/physiological/immunological effects relevant to the whole-person care through the medical science of psychoneuroimmunology. He is currently the Director of the Clinical Molecular Research Laboratory, Associate Director of the Cardiovascular and Physical Fitness Lab, Associate Professor in the Schools of Allied Health and Medicine and Faculty in Graduate Studies at Loma Linda University, CA, and non-resident faculty scholar at the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Berk has been a longtime supporter of AATH and has given generously of his time as a presenter at numerous annual AATH conferences and the Humor academy. He has been a mentor and friend to so many of us in the field of applied and therapeutic humor.
2012 Honoree: Steve Sultanoff
Steve Sultanoff, PhD., was the 2012 Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Steve is a clinical psychologist, university professor (Pepperdine), professional speaker, past President of AATH, and internationally recognized expert on therapeutic humor.
With over 25 years dedicated to therapeutic humor, he has authored many innovative articles, including a new article that outlines the core human qualities essential for presence of therapeutic humor. His chapter Integrating Humor into Psychotherapy is published in the psychology textbook Play Therapy with Adults. Steve has appeared on STARZ, The Morning Show, Lifetime, and PBS and is frequently quoted in national publications such as Prevention, USA Today, Men’s Health,Women’s Health, Redbook, Forbes, and others.
Over the past 20-plus years he has presented at many AATH conferences as well as professional conferences. Steve is known for his live presentations as well as online humor courses, and his web site (humormatters.com) provides a wealth of information on therapeutic and topical humor.
2011 Honoree: Paul McGhee
We presented the 2011 Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul McGhee, PhD. A pioneer is the field of humor research, Paul is internationally known for both his own research and his work in helping both corporations and hospitals learn to put humor to work.
With a PhD in psychology, he spent 20 years conducting basic research on humor and laughter before becoming a full-time professional speaker. He has published many scientific articles and 13 books on humor, including, Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health (2010) (which is being used as the textbook for the AATH Humor Academy, Level 2); and Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World: The 7 Humor Habits Program (2010). His training program has consistently proven to be an effective humor skills intervention program.
He is currently President of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, Delaware and an instructor for Humor Academy, Level 2.
Other Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
2010 Steve Wilson
Background: Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award
Doug Fletcher, RN, Publisher Journal of Nursing Jocularity
Doug Fletcher was a nurse, therapeutic humor advocate, and AATH member. Doug inspired people to come together and build a strong network of health and humor professionals dedicated to exploring and developing therapeutic applications of humor.