The Dr. Ronald Glaus Academic Achievement Award

2020 Dr. Ronald Glaus Academic Achievement Award Recipient

Shawna Hamilton Waterloo University

The Dr. Ronald Glaus Academic Achievement Award is awarded to upper graduation (junior or senior year) or graduate-level college students. The purpose of the annual award is to spur student interest in topics related to disaster behavioral health. This year’s award recipient receives registration to the 2022 Disaster Behavioral Health Conference (DBHC) and a scholarship of $1,000.

Applications may be submitted on behalf of oneself or another. Applications received by December 16, 2021, will be reviewed by the DBHC planning Committee who will then notify the recipient by early January 2022. Awards will receive recognition commemorating their achievement at the 2022 Disaster Behavioral Health Conference.

We will formally present these awards to the recipients at our 2021 Disaster Behavioral Health Conference, Wednesday, February 10, 2022.

*additional information about the applicant may be requested such as proof of enrollment, GPA, and statement.

Ron Glaus, PhD.

Chief of Staff


Ron Glaus is a licensed psychologist in Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. He specializes in forensic and disaster behavioral health areas. His disaster behavioral health focus covers the program development, planning, training, and intervention. He has applied disaster behavioral health skills in both military and civilian venues from direct combat operations to post mass casualty school shootings. As a volunteer with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years, he has provided direct support for law enforcement, search, and rescue personnel post tragic event incidents. He is a lead PFA Trainer and a member of the Disaster Behavioral Health planning committee. He has taught on a variety of subjects in colleges, law enforcement academies, military settings, search and rescue venues, community disaster preparedness organizations, and at professional conferences. In 2014, Inkwater press published his book, The Psychology of Search & Rescue. Currently, he is working on a second edition to this book and researching information for another book on missing and unidentified people.