The Fellows Committee has decided to review the original criteria and their fit with our current and evolving membership.
Please visit our Fellow page for a report of the current state of the Fellows program, along with a listing of ABCT Fellows.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Michael J. Kozak Critical Inquiry and Analytical Thinking Award
"Clarity of writing reflects clarity of thinking." This statement reflects the overarching goal that Michael J. Kozak sought to achieve himself and that he vigorously encouraged others to reach as well. His penchant for critical inquiry cut across contexts: whether in providing cognitive-behavioral treatment itself, offering supervision of treatment, in scientific inquiry and writing, or in advising investigators about how to put their grant applications in the best possible position for success. Accordingly, recipients of this award should embody this same spirit in their own work. Awarded in alternate years
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.
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
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.
- Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award
- Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
- John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award
Student Travel Award
This award recognizes excellence among our student presenters and is intended to defray some of the significant travel costs associated with presenting at the convention with a cash prize of $500. This award money is to be used to facilitate travel to the ABCT convention. To be eligible, students must 1) have their symposium or panel submission for this year's ABCT convention accepted for presentation; 2) be a symposium presenter (i.e., first author on a symposium talk) at the ABCT annual convention; 3) be a student member of ABCT in good standing; and 3) be enrolled as a student at the time of the convention, including individuals on predoctoral internships, but excluding post-baccalaureates. Awards are highly competitive and preference is given to projects demonstrating student initiation and independence and innovation for the field. This year, there will be two travel awards, with one granted to an underrepresented student member, defined broadly as race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or discipline. Additional requirements and submission instructions are available on the Student Travel Award Application. Award winners will be announced in mid-September 2021.
Submissions for the Student Travel Award will be accepted until July 23, 2021.
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 the next year's ABCT's Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must 1) have their poster submission for this year's ABCT convention accepted for presentation; 2) be student members of ABCT in good standing; and 3) be 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. Three awards will be granted this year. Additional requirements and submission instructions are available on the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Award Application. Award winners will be announced in mid-September 2021.
Submissions for the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards will be accepted until July 23, 2021.