Dr. Thurber is grateful to have been recognized for a number of research, writing, teaching, and clinical achievements, beginning with a John Harvard scholarship for academic achievement in 1990. The following year, his research on speech comprehension earned him the Faculty Prize for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis from the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.
In 1993, Dr. Thurber was awarded a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health to study childhood homesickness and the adjustment to separation from home. His homesickness prevention program has helped hundreds of thousands of young people reap the benefits of overnight summer camp without suffering intense homesickness.
In 1997, following rotations in pediatric neuropsychology, community mental health, and rehabilitation psychology, Dr. Thurber received the Nancy Robinson Director’s Award for Exceptional Performance during the Clinical Internship.
Other Academic and Leadership Awards
- Phi Beta Kappa, alpha chapter, Harvard University (1991)
- American Camp Association Distinguished Service Award (2002)
- Henley S. Dimock Award for the Advancement of Camping (2003)
- J. Wendell & Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award for Writing Excellence (2002, 2004, and 2014)
- National Parenting Press Gold Award (with Dr. Jon Malinowski) (2005)
- Hedley S. Dimock Award for Inspiring and Challenging Others (2006)
- Peter Kerns Award for The Advancement of Professional Development (2006)
- Telly Award for Excellence in Educational Video Production (2008)
- Radford Award for Teaching Excellence, Phillips Exeter Academy (2009)
- ACA National Honor Award for Outstanding Service (2017)