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The Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Professional Psychology is an award given by the American Psychological Association for those who have acted as advocates for the profession within state or federal arenas dealing with such matters as licensure, freedom of choice, Medicare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation, disability determination, mandatory mental health/substance abuse coverage, civil commitment, hospital practice, Prescribing rights for psychologists, child protection and elder protection.
The award was instituted in 1992
The Award is named after Karl F. Heiser, the person who succeeded in having the first US state statute defining psychology adopted.