Student Paper Award: Donald K. Freedheim Student Development (Division 29)

This award recognizes the best paper on psychotherapy theory, practice or research.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Sponsor: Division 29


The Donald K. Freedheim Student Development Award is one of the four student paper competitions the APA Division of Psychotherapy offers.

What are the benefits to you?

  • Cash prize of $500 for the winner of each contest.

  • Enhance your curriculum vitae and gain national recognition.

  • Plaque and check presented at the Division 29 Awards Ceremony at the APA Annual Convention.

  • Abstract will be published in the Psychotherapy Bulletin, the official publication of the Division of Psychotherapy.


Papers must be based on work conducted by the first author during his/her graduate studies. Papers can be based on (but are not restricted to) a master's thesis or a doctoral dissertation. 

How to Apply

Nominations should include:

  • Papers should be in APA style, not to exceed 25 pages in length (including tables, figures, and references) and should not list the authors' names or academic affiliations.

  • Please include a title page as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document so that the papers can be judged "blind." This page can include authors' names and academic affiliations.

  • Also include a cover letter as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document. The cover letter should attest that the paper is based on work that the first author conducted while in graduate school. It should also include the first author's mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

    NOTE: Also please specify which of the four competitions you are entering

Submissions should be emailed to:

Margaret Tobias
Chair, Student Development Committee, Division of Psychotherapy

Past Recipients

Jenny H. Lotterman, “Erotic Feelings Toward the Therapist: A Relational Perspective”


Alexey Tolchinsky