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THE ABCT AWARDS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES AND SALUTES INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD OF BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE THERAPY AND THE INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE HELPED TO TRAIN MANY OF THESE VERY PEOPLE.

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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.

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)

Sobell Innovative Addictions Research Award

Renowned addiction researchers Drs. Mark and Linda Sobell have generously sponsored the Sobell Innovative Addictions Research Award. This award will be given in alternate years to an ABCT member who has developed a novel and innovative (1) line of research or (2) assessment or analytic tool or method that advances the understanding and/or treatment of addictions. This award emphasizes behavioral and/or cognitive research or research methods that have yielded exceptional breakthroughs in knowledge.

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, postphoto, 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 10 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.

The Francis Cecil Sumner Excellence Award

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and promote the excellence in research of an ABCT student or early career professional who is Black or Indigenous. This statement reflects the underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous scholars in academia along with the overarching goal of ABCT to support its student and early career professionals of color.

Champions Program

This award recognizes outstanding individuals who are not members of ABCT but who have shown exceptional dedication, influence, and social impact through the promotion of evidence-based interventions and who have thereby advanced the mission of ABCT.

Visit our Champions page for full details on how to nominate and for a full listing of champions

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); 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. To be eligible, students must first have their symposium or panel submission for this year's ABCT convention accepted for presentation. Awards are highly competitive and preference is given to projects demonstrating student initiation and independence and innovation for the field. Additional requirements and submission instructions are available on the Student Travel Award Application.

Submissions for the Student Travel Award will be accepted until July 24, 2020

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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 by email to submit for consideration for the award. Eligible applicants must be student members of ABCT in good standing and enrolled as a student at the time of the convention. Awards are highly competitive and preference is given to projects demonstrating student initiation and independence and innovation for the field. Additional requirements and submission instructions are available on the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Award Application.

Submissions for the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards will be accepted until July 24, 2020

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Other Awards

 

The ABCT Awards and Recognition Committee, chaired by Sara R. Elkins, Ph.D., of University of Houston Clear Lake is pleased to announce the 2021 awards program. Nominations are requested in all categories listed below. Given the number of submissions received for these awards, the committee is unable to consider additional letters of support or supplemental materials beyond those specified in the instructions below. Please note that award nominations may not be submitted by current members of the ABCT Board of Directors.

Career/Lifetime Achievement

Eligible candidates for this award should be members of ABCT in good standing who have made significant contributions over a number of years to cognitive and/or behavior therapy. Recent recipients of this award include Thomas H. Ollendick, Lauren B. Alloy, Lyn Abramson, David M. Clark, Marsha Linehan, Dianne L. Chambless, Linda Carter Sobell and Mark B. Sobell, and Philip C. Kendall. Applications should include a nomination form (available at www.abct.org/awards), three letters of support, and the nominee's curriculum vitae. Please e-mail the nomination materials as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include "Career/Lifetime Achievement" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

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. Recent recipients of this award include the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Albany, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Clinical Psychology Training Program, the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program, Clinical Science Ph.D. Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and Florida State University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Please complete the on-line nomination form at www.abct.org/awards. Then e-mail the completed form and associated materials as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include "Outstanding Training Program" in your subject heading.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Research Activities

Eligible candidates for this award should be members of ABCT in good standing who have provided significant contributions to the literature advancing our knowledge of behavior therapy. Recent recipients of this award include Alan E. Kazdin, David H. Barlow, Terence M. Keane, Thomas Borkovec, Steven D. Hollon, Michelle Craske, and Jennifer P. Read. Applications should include a nomination form (available at www.abct.org/awards), three letters of support, and the nominee's curriculum vitae. Please e-mail the nomination materials as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include "Outstanding Researcher" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

The Francis C. Sumner Excellence Award

The Francis Cecil Sumner Excellence Award is named in honor of Dr. Sumner, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in psychology in 1920. Commonly referred to as the "Father of Black Psychology," he is recognized as an American leader in education reform. This award can be given on an annual basis, awarded in even years to a graduate student and in odd years to an early career professional within the first 10 years of terminal degree. Candidate must be a current member of ABCT at the time of the awards ceremony and priority will be given to students and professional members of ABCT at the time of the nomination. The award is intended to acknowledge and promote the excellence in research, clinical work, teaching, or service by an ABCT member who is a doctoral student or early career professional within 10 years of award of the PhD/PsyD/EdD/ScD/MD who identifies as Black or Indigenous. The award is given to recognize that Black and Indigenous practitioners and scholars are underrepresented in clinical psychology, despite making important contributions to our field. The Francis Cecil Sumner Excellence Award is meant to reflect the overarching goal of ABCT supporting its members of color. The recipient will receive $1,000 and a certificate. Please complete the online nomination materials at www.abct.org/awards. Then email the nomination materials as one PDF document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include "Francis C. Sumner Award" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

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

Dr. Anne Marie Albano is recognized as an outstanding clinician, scientist, and teacher dedicated to ABCT's mission. She is known for her contagious enthusiasm for the advancement of cognitive and behavioral 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 of $1,000 to support travel to the ABCT Annual Convention 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 10 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. Applicants should submit: nominating cover letter, CV, personal statement up to three pages (statements exceeding 3 pages will not be reviewed), and 2 to 3 supporting letters. Application materials should be emailed as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include candidate's last name and "Albano Award" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

Student Dissertation Awards

  • Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award ($1,000)
  • Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award ($1,000)
  • John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award ($500)

Each award will be given to one student based on his/her doctoral dissertation proposal. 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. Eligibility requirements for these awards are as follows: 1) Candidates must be student members of ABCT, 2) Topic area of dissertation research must be of direct relevance to cognitive-behavioral therapy, broadly defined, 3) The dissertation must have been successfully proposed, and 4) The dissertation must not have been defended prior to November 2020. Proposals with preliminary results included are preferred. To be considered for the Abela Award, research should be relevant to the development, maintenance, and/or treatment of depression in children and/or adolescents (i.e., under age 18). Self-nominations are accepted, or a student's dissertation mentor may complete the nomination. The nomination must include a letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor. Please complete the nomination form found online at www.abct.org/awards. Then e-mail the nomination materials (including letter of recommendation) as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include candidate's last name and "Student Dissertation Award" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

President's New Researcher Award

ABCT's 2020-21 President, David F. Tolin, Ph.D., invites submissions for the 43rd Annual President's New Researcher Award. The winner will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $500. 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. Requirements: must have had terminal degree (Ph.D., M.D., etc.) for at least 1 year but no longer than 5 years (i.e., completed during or after 2015); must submit an article for which they are the first author (in press, or published during or after 2018); 2 letters of recommendation must be included; self-nominations are accepted; the author's CV, letters of support, and paper must be submitted in electronic form. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, or whose work advances our understanding of behavioral health disparities, are particularly encouraged to apply. E-mail the nomination materials (including letter of recommendation) as one pdf document to PNRAward@abct.org. Include candidate's last name and "President's New Researcher" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

Graduate Student Research Grant

The ABCT Research Facilitation Committee is sponsoring a grant of up to $1000 to support graduate student research. The grant will be awarded based on a combination of merit and need. Eligible candidates are graduate student members of ABCT seeking funding for an unfunded (including internal sources of funding) thesis or dissertation project that has been approved by either the faculty advisor or the student's full committee.

Applications should include all of the materials listed in GSRG Application Guidelines and one letter of support from a faculty advisor.

Please email the application, excluding the advisor letter, in a single pdf to the chair of the Research Facilitation Committee, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, at ssz@uky.edu. Include "Graduate Student Research Grant" in your subject heading.

Please ask your faculty advisor to e-mail a letter of support separately.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

Nominations for the following award are solicited from members of the ABCT governance:

Outstanding Service to ABCT

Please complete the nomination form found online at www.abct.org/awards. Then e-mail the completed form and associated materials as one pdf document to ABCTAwards@abct.org. Include "Outstanding Service" in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2021

NOMINATION APPLICATION

 

 

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: PNRAward@abct.org. 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: March 2, 2020

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