Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research (Division 29)

This award recognizes the best empirical (i.e., data-based) published peer reviewed article on psychotherapy in the preceding calendar year. 

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Sponsor: Division 29 and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Award recipients receive an honorarium of $500 and an award plaque, both of which are given to the lead author only, at the Division's Awards Ceremony at the APA Annual Convention.


The criteria for receipt of this award are as follows:

  • Article relevant to psychotherapy practice appears in any journal (does not have to appear in the division's journal) in the preceding calendar year.

  • The paper reflects as strong scientific contribution, evidence through the rationale for the study and theoretical soundness, the methods, the analyses, the explanation of the results, and the discussion of the implications of the findings for the practice and science of psychotherapy.

  • The article contributes new knowledge about psychotherapy (e.g., the work is innovative, creative, or integrative; the work advances existing research in a meaningful way) — greater weight is given to novel/creative element than to methodological/statistical rigor.

How to Apply

There are no application materials, since decisions for the award are based on published articles.

Send nominations to the Research Committee Chair Cheri Marmarosh, PhD.

Past Recipients

Michael Constantino, PhD and Holly Laws, PhD (and others)
"The Relation Between Changes in Patients’ Interpersonal Impact Messages and Outcome in Treatment for Chronic Depression"