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The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is dedicated to the scientific understanding and treatment of psychological problems. Membership in our organization is ideal for those who are committed to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.

Several benefits are afforded to our members to facilitate acquisition of professional knowledge and competence in general aspects of the cognitive and behavioral therapies. However, our members also benefit from access to an extraordinarily robust and active Special Interest Community, delving into treatment approaches, populations, and specific disorders.

ABCT Funds

Student Convention Travel Award

This award is designed to recognize excellence among ABCT student presenters and to help reduce travel expenses associated with attending at the convention. The award is given to an individual who is presenting at the annual convention and demonstrates independence and innovation for the field.

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Student Research Grant

This award is designed to provide ABCT graduate students with funding to support their thesis or dissertation research project. Based on both merit and need, this award is given to students whose research is not funded through other sources. This award is reviewed by the Research Facilitation Committee with final approval by the Board of Directors.

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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 commitment to integrating science and practice. This award includes a cash prize to support travel to the ABCT Annual Convention and attendance at a clinical treatment workshop. Preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to child and adolescent mental health care.

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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. Accordingly, recipients of this award from ABCT should embody this same spirit in their own work. Dr. Kozak was able to achieve this high standard and promote its achievement in others with great skill and kindness, so recipients should also conduct themselves in such a way in their professional lives. This award will be given on alternate years.

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John R.Z. Abela/Leonard Krasner/Virginia A. Roswell Dissertation Awards

These awards are given to students whose doctoral dissertation proposal demonstrates excellence in advancing behavior therapy. The award can be used to support the student’s research or to facilitate their travel to the ABCT convention.

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Sobell Innovative Addictions Research Award

This award is given to an individual who, through one or more research studies, has developed an innovative and novel line of research or assessment/analytic tool or method that advances the understanding and/or treatment of addictions. The emphasis is on behavioral and/or cognitive research or research methods that are new and have yielded exceptional breakthroughs in knowledge.

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The Francis Cecil 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. 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, 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.

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Impact Fund

The purpose of this fund is to launch ideas and activities that will help CBT and evidence-based therapies have a bigger impact on communities. It is ABCT’s only unrestricted strategic fund that can be allocated flexibly. This fund is used at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

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All awards except the Impact Fund and Student Research Grant are listed on our website Awards page with details for the submitter.

Student Travel Award Testimonial

“Thank you to ABCT and all of the generous donors supporting graduate student research! The ABCT convention has been a key professional development opportunity for me throughout my post-baccalaureate and graduate student career. The 2022 ABCT Student Travel Award supplied me with the necessary resources to travel for this year’s conference, share my recent work, and continue to grow by networking and learning from experts as well as other talented students.”

Danielle Morabito

Florida State University

Student Travel Award Testimonial

“Thank you to ABCT and its donors for funding graduate student research and travel to the ABCT national conference. By attending this conference, I am able to present my research, learn from colleagues and folks more senior in the field, and connect with fellow researchers – all in service of advancing research that promotes social justice for underrepresented and marginalized communities. Thanks again!”

Thomas Le

University of Maryland

Tailored Contributions

To learn more about how we can assist you in tailoring a contribution to meet your vision for the future and to support ABCT, please contact Mary Jane Eimer, CAE, ABCT’s Executive Director, at 212-647-1890, [email protected], or by writing to Executive Director, ABCT, 305 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

Additional Giving Options

Remember ABCT in your estate planning

An important and overlooked means of ensuring that our work continues is by making a bequest to ABCT in your will. The Federal Government encourages such gifts by allowing an unlimited estate tax deduction. Oftentimes these funds are designated for the Fund for the Future, which insures the functioning of ABCT in perpetuity. ABCT is 501(c)3 organization.

Financial advantages for the donor

Through planned giving, donor friends can make a lasting contribution that both benefits them and at the same time supports a great organization.

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Convention Registration is now open for the 2023 ABCT Convention in Seattle, WA.