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Fellow Status
Each year the Fellows Committee invites full members of 10 years or more and who have been out in the field 15 years or more to consider applying for Fellow status within ABCT. Visit our Fellows page for the criteria and application information at: All materials must be received by Wednesday, March 15. Members will be informed by September 1. The 2017 ABCT Class of Fellows will be acknowledged at the Friday, November 17 Awards Ceremony in San Diego, CA.


Career/Lifetime Achievement
Awarded to members of ABCT in good standing who have made significant contributions over a number of years to cognitive and/or behavior therapy. (This award alternates with the Outstanding Clinician Award and the Outstanding Education/Training Award)

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities
Awarded to members of ABCT in good standing who have provided significant contributions to clinical work in cognitive and/or behavioral modalities. (This award alternates with the Outstanding Researcher Award and the Outstanding Education/Training Award)

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Educational/Training Activities
Awarded to members of ABCT in good standing who have provided significant contributions toward educating and training behavior therapists. (This award alternates with the Outstanding Clinician Award and the Outstanding Researcher Award)

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Research Activities
Awarded to members of ABCT in good standing who have provided significant contributions to the literature advancing our knowledge of behavior therapy. (This award alternates with the Outstanding Clinician Award and the Outstanding Education/Training Award)

Mid-Career Innovator
Eligible candidates are members of ABCT in good standing who are at the associate professor level or equivalent midcareer level, and who have made significant innovative contributions to clinical practice or research on cognitive and/or behavioral modalities. (This award alternates with the Outstanding Clinician Award, the Outstanding Education/Training Award, and the Outstanding Researcher Award).

Outstanding Mentor
Awarded to members of ABCT in good standing who have encouraged the clinical and/or academic and professional excellence of psychology graduate students, interns, postdocs, and/or residents. Outstanding mentors are considered those who have provided exceptional guidance to students through leadership, advisement and activities aimed at providing opportunities for professional development, networking and future growth. Appropriate nominators are current or past students of the mentor. (This Award Rotates with Outstanding Training Program Award)

Outstanding Training Program
This award will be given to a training program that has made a significant contribution to training behavior therapists and/or promoting behavior therapy. Training programs can include graduate (doctoral or master's), predoctoral internship, postdoctoral programs, institutes, or continuing education initiatives.

Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy
Eligible candidates for this award should NOT be members of ABCT, but are individuals who have promoted the mission of cognitive and/or behavioral work outside of our organization.

Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice
The purpose of this award is to recognize early career professionals who share Dr. Albano's core commitments. This award includes a cash prize to support travel to the ABCT Annual Meeting and to sponsor participation in a clinical treatment workshop. Eligibility requirements are as follows: 1) Candidates must be active members of ABCT, 2) New/Early Career Professionals within the first 5 years of receiving his or her doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, EdD). Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to child and adolescent mental health care.

Student Dissertation Awards

  • Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award
  • Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
  • John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award
Each award will be given to one student based on his/her doctoral dissertation proposal. The research should be relevant to behavior therapy. Accompanying this honor will be a monetary award (see above) to be used in support of research (e.g., to pay participants, to purchase testing equipment) and/or to facilitate travel to the ABCT convention. Eligible candidates for this award should be student members who have already had their dissertation proposal approved and are investigating an area of direct relevance to behavior therapy, broadly defined. A student's dissertation mentor may complete the nomination. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor.

Student Travel Award
This award is designed to recognize excellence among our student presenters and to aid in allaying some of the significant travel costs associated with presenting at the convention. Accompanying this honor will be a monetary award ($500) to be used to facilitate travel to the ABCT convention. Nominees must be speaking at the ABCT annual convention as a symposium presenter (i.e., first author on a symposium talk), panel participant, or moderator; student members of ABCT in good standing; enrolled as a student at the time of the convention, including individuals on predoctoral internships but excluding postbaccalaureates. Information about the nomination form and application will be available following announcement of conference acceptances.

Outstanding Service to ABCT
This award is presented to a person who has actively demonstrated exceptional dedication, persistence, excellence, and rigor regarding the association's operation and activities.

Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
This award is given to student first authors whose posters have been accepted for presentation at ABCT's Annual Convention. The winners each receive an ABCT Student Membership and a complimentary general registration at ABCT's next Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must first have their poster submission for this year's ABCT convention accepted for presentation. Student first authors are then invited to submit for consideration for the award.

Submissions for the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards will be accepted until July 1, 2016

President's New Researcher Award
This award is solicited by the current ABCT President and is judged by the President, Past President, and incoming President of the Association. The award will be based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field While nominations consistent with the conference theme are particularly encouraged, submissions will be accepted on any topic relevant to cognitive behavior therapy, including but not limited to topics such as the development and testing of models, innovative practices, technical solutions novel venues for service delivery, and new applications of well-established psychological principles. Submissions must include one paper copy of both the paper and the author's vita and supporting letters (if the latter are included) and an email to: Eligible papers must (a) be authored by an ABCT member with five years or less posttraining experience (e.g., post-Ph.D. or post-residency); and (b) have been published in the last two years or currently be in press. The winner receives a certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Submission deadline: August 1, 2017


Awards Ceremony: Friday, 5:00 — 6:00 p.m. | Marquis Ballroom

Career/Lifetime Achievement

Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Washington, Seattle

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Education/Training

Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP, Drexel University

Outstanding Mentor

Evan M. Forman, Ph.D., Drexel University

Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy

Patrick J. Kennedy

Outstanding Service to ABCT

Patrick L. Kerr, Ph.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine

Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice

Nicole Caporino, Ph.D., American University

Student Dissertation Awards

Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award

Emily Georgia, M.S., University of Miami
Dissertation title: "Effectiveness of for Underserved Couples"

Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award

Tomislav Damir Zbozinek, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation title: "The Effect of Positive Affect on Extinction Learning, Return of Fear, and Exposure Therapy"

John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award

Faith Orchard, Ph.D., University of Reading
Dissertation title: "The Clinical Characteristics and Cognitive Biases Associated with Adolescent Depression"

Student Travel Award

Skye S. Fitzpatrick, M.A. Ryerson University

President's New Researcher Award

Cara C. Lewis, Ph.D., MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovation, Group Health Research Institute, Seattle WA

Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards

  • Morten Hvenegaard, University of Copenhagen ("Rumination-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Versus Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Major Depression: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial")
  • Ashley Isaia, University of Illinois at Chicago ("Predictors of Pretreatment Dropout Among Youth in Family-Based Psychosocial Treatment for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder")
  • Katerina Rnic, University of Western Ontario ("Early Maladaptive Schemas and Persistent Effects of Social Rejection")

ADAA Travel Award

  • Daniel Glenn, Ph.D., Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, San Diego Veterans Affairs Health Services
  • Shari Steinman, Ph.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center

Graduate Student Research Grant

Lauren Forrest, Miami University, OH ("Examining Objective Interoception as a Novel Prospective Predictor of Self-Injurious Behaviors")



ABCT 2016 Convention: Fun 50th Awards

Katie Baucom, Anne Donnelly and Art Blume, members of the Awards and Recognition Committee, are pleased to announce those members and staff who have done extraordinary work in the field or for the Association. We hope these awards bring a smile of recognition and appreciation. Please congratulate these winners in person during the convention. They will be wearing a special 50th Anniversary ribbon!

Longest running editors:

George Ronan wins for tBT editor at 6 years

Cyril Franks wins for Newsletter editor at 8 years

Rosemery Nelson and Donald Hartmann are tied for Behavioral Assessment editor at 4 years each

Hardest staple to remove from a manuscript: Adrian Wells-Metacognitive Therapy for PTSD

Most popular reprint from tBT How to Establish Your Own Practice by Barry S. Lutbetkin

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice- Top 3 Cited Articles: (first author credited)

Patrick W. Corrigan,
The impact of stigma or severe mental illness
(1998) Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 5 (2), pp. 201-222. Cited 171 times

G. Alan Marlatt,
Buddhist philosophy and the treatment of addictive behavior
(2002) Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9 (1), pp. 44-50. Cited 124 times.

Philip C. Kendall,
Breathing life into a manual: Flexibility and creativity with manual- based treatments
(1998) Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 5 (2), pp. 177-198. Cited 123 times.

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice-Top 3 Published Authors:

Philip C. Kendall (15)
Michael W. Otto (12)
Anne Marie Albano (11)

Behavior Therapy-Top 3 Cited Articles:: (first author credited)

Edna B. Foa,
Behavioral/cognitive conceptualizations of post-traumatic stress disorder
(1989) Behavior Therapy, 20 (2), pp. 155-176. Cited 697 times.

Neil S. Jacobson,
Psychotherapy outcome research: Methods for reporting variability and evaluating clinical significance
(1984) Behavior Therapy, 15 (4), pp. 336-352. Cited 672 times.

Martin E.P. Seligman,
Phobias and preparedness
(1971) Behavior Therapy, 2 (3), pp. 307-320. Cited 589 times.

Behavior Therapy-Top 3 Published Authors:

David H. Barlow (43)
Edward B. Blanchard (36)
Rex Forehand(28)

Longest functioning SIG Student SIG, Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG

Highest attended ABCT Annual Convention: New York City in 2009 with 4,285 attendees

Best attended webinar: February 2013 - Allison Harvey, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
and Transdiagnostic Sleep Problems in Clinical Practice: Basics and Beyond

Person who has served in the most governance positions: Linda Sobell: Nominations and Elections Chair, Membership Issues Coordinator, Workshops Chair, Secretary Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair, Representative-at-Large, President.

Best ABCT mascot: Little Miss Liesl Leigh, our beloved mini dachshund!

First 5 students to register for the convention:
Ashley Shaw University of Miami
Pooja N. Dave University of Chicago
Erin Underbrink Seattle Pacific University
Lauren Rutter Boston University
Igor Marchetti Ghent University

Most acronyms used in a committee report: Kevin Arnold!

Most entertaining/fun speaker: Art Freeman's 1996 Presidential Address!

Person/people who attended most conventions:Tom Dowd

Best vomit recipes: Tie:

Anne Marie Albano
Lyn Bufka
Katherine Martinez

Josh Spitalnick
Steven D. Tsao

Best vomit facilitator:Bruce Chorpita (for sitting with completed recipe on his shirt to assist in treatment)

Biggest Foodieperson who has given best restaurant recommendations at a convention: Cheryl Carmin

Person who lost most games to Linda Sobell: Ron Prince

Only person to ever win a game of racquetball against Linda Sobell: Ron Prince (and just one, Sobell, wants you to know)

Best Saturday night dance party entertainment: 1996, our 30th Annual Convention, Don Sugai a member who was the lead singer in a rock and roll band!

Person who recruited most students to ABCT: Mitchell Schare

All In The Family-multiple generations in ABCT:

Richard and Gregory Stuart (father and son)
Lizette Peterson-Homer (deceased) and Kestrel Homer (mother and daughter)
Alloy and Adrienne Lynn Romer (mother and daughter)
Donald Baucom and his son Brian Baucom and daughter in-law Katherine J. W. Baucom

Highest rank in the military while a member:

Col Wayne Talcott (retired)
Col Tracey Neal-Walden

Highest rank while serving in a committee or on the Board: tie, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Detweiler, USAF; Commander Jeff Goodie, PHS

Best dancer at Sat night party - Hank Robb

Most ABCT spirit at Sat night party - Don Baucom

Member for 50 consecutive years:

David H. Barlow
W. Stewart Agras
Steven Kurtz
Richard B. Stuart
Dorothy Susskind

Most effective changes to a web page as chair-As chair of the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues, revamped Find a CBT Therapist: Robert Schachter

Most unofficial Podcasts for ABCT: Jonathan S. Abramowitz

Most enthusiastic Membership Chair and spokesperson: Hilary Vidair

Most effective partnership for ABCT Webinars: Kelly Koerner

Best Use of Twitter by an ABCT Past President: Anne Marie Albano: aka Queen of the Tweets!

1st Leader board champion on ABCT's Mobile convention app: Alyssa Ward

Member acknowledged for "heavy lifting" - Getting Fellow status on the ABCT Map: the Jolliest Good Fellow: David DiLillo

Most Learned Member, based on the number of cumulative ticketed sessions attended: Michael Nussinbaum

Most effective videographers on getting ABCT Past Presidents recorded for our 50th Anniversary and posted to our web site:Kristene Doyle and Katharina Kircanski

Highest number of Fact Sheets-signed, sealed, and delivered: Tim Bruce

Herald of the new membership and convention year: Ira Halper

Most expansive outreach conducted through days as editor of tBT and as the chair of ABCT's ambassadors: Kate Gunthert

Highest number of specialties indicated: Phyliss Gildston

Consistently largest number of delegates and students to an ABCT Annual Convention from a country not the US: Yuji Sakano

Most exotic use of terrifying creatures to invoke phobia during a professional presentation: Lars Jaren Ost

Most Unique Exposure: Aude Henin, Ph.D. Justin Bieber exposure for fear of vomiting

Most unique view from an office window: Carol Friedland has a view of Augustus Caesar's rear end (statue outside her office window)

Office on the highest floor of a skyscraper: David H. Rosmarin-59th floor of the Empire State Building

Office on the smallest island: Mike Wydo with an office on Terminal Island, a man-made island in the southernmost tip of the port of LA

Member traveling thousands of miles to treat a client:

6,654 miles William Pelham Saudi Arabia to provide Parent Training and school consult
7,669 miles Lynn Bufka Pune, India to provide psychoeducation and some exposure

First recipient of ABCT's President's New Researcher Award: Dianne Chambless

Most ribbons awarded at a single convention:tie: Art Nezu and Art Freeman

Outstanding ABCT Staff:

Mary Jane Eimer, Executive Director Extraordinaire

David Teisler, Director of Communications

Linda M. Still, Director of Education and Meeting Services

Tammy A. Schuler, Ph.D., Director of Outreach and Partnerships

Stephanie Schwartz, MSW, Managing Editor/Advertising Manager

Tonya Childers-Collens, Administrative Secretary/
Convention Registrar/Exhibits Manager

Barbara Mazzella, Administrative Secretary

Sue Bezares, Membership Services Associate

Jeff Gamble, Technology Administrator

Kelli Long-Jatta, Bookkeeper

Lisa Yarde, Extraordinary Pinch Hitter in Time of Need



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