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2022 Call for Award Nominations

—to be presented at the 56th Annual Convention in New York City—

The ABCT Awards and Recognition Committee, chaired by Sara R. Elkins, Ph.D., University of Houston Clear Lake, is pleased to announce the 2022 awards program. Nominations are requested in all categories listed below. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 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 [email protected] Include “Career/Lifetime Achievement” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

 NOMINATION FORM

 

Outstanding Educator/Trainer

This award is given to members of ABCT in good standing who have provided significant contributions toward educating and training cognitive and behavioral practitioners. Past recipients of this award include Gerald Davison, Leo Reyna, Harold Leitenberg, Marvin Goldfried, Philip Kendall, Patricia Resick, and Christine Maguth Nezu. Applications should include a nomination form (available at www.abct.org/awards), two letters of support, and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Please e-mail the nomination materials as one PDF document to [email protected] Include “Outstanding Educator/Trainer” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

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Outstanding Mentor

Eligible candidates for this award are 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. Previous recipients of this award are Richard Heimberg, G. Terence Wilson, Richard J. McNally, Mitchell J. Prinstein, Bethany Teachman, Evan Forman, Ricardo Munoz, and David A. F. Haaga. Please complete the nomination form at www.abct.org/awards.  Email the completed form and associated materials as one pdf document to [email protected], and include “Outstanding Mentor” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

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Sobell Innovative Addictions Research Award

The award is given to an individual who, through the performance of one or more research studies, has developed a novel and very innovative (1) program of research or (2) assessment or 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 have yielded exceptional breakthroughs in knowledge. The recipient receives $1500 and a plaque. The 2020 recipient of this award was Christopher Correia, Ph.D. Candidates must be current members of ABCT and are eligible for the award regardless of career stage. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by others who need not be members of ABCT. Submissions should include the nomination form (available at www.abct.org/awards), nominee’s curriculum vitae, a statement describing the addictions research contribution and why it is novel and advances the field (maximum 3 pages), two letters of support, and copies of publications, web materials, or other documents supporting the innovation and impact described in the nomination.  Please e-mail the nomination materials as one pdf document to [email protected] Include “Sobell Research Award” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

NOMINATION FORM

 

David H. Barlow and Beverly A. Barlow Research Innovation Award

The David H. Barlow and Beverly A. Barlow Research Innovation Prize is an endowed named award that will be presented annually at the ABCT convention. A past president of the organization, Dr. Barlow has been actively involved in ABCT for over 50 years. Members of ABCT whose published work has contributed innovations that have significantly advanced cognitive behavioral theory, methodology, assessment, and intervention and/or related areas are eligible. These innovations will have made significant contributions to clinical practice or research on cognitive and/or behavioral modalities including their implementation and dissemination. Such contributions will be evident in one or more publications in high-impact journals, citations of the candidate’s work, evidence that the work has advanced the field in important ways and letters by peers supporting these contributions and highlighting the innovations. The first award of $2,500 plus a personalized plaque will be given in November 2022 to a recipient chosen by the ABCT Awards and Recognition Committee.  Candidate must be a current ABCT member and can be at any stage of their career. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague. Please complete the nomination form at www.abct.org/awards, and include CV, statement of clinical research contributions, list of relevant publications and citations, and two letters of support for the nomination based on the criteria in the nomination form. Email the nomination materials as one PDF document to [email protected] Include “The Barlow Prize” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

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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 C. Sumner Excellence Award is meant to reflect the overarching goal of ABCT supporting its members of color. The 2021 recipient of this award was Isha Metzger, Ph.D. The recipient will receive $1,000 and a certificate. Please complete the online nomination materials at www.abct.org/awards. Email the nomination materials as one PDF document to [email protected],  and include “Francis C. Sumner Award” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

NOMINATION FORM

 

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 [email protected] Include candidate’s last name and “Albano Award” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

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Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy

This award is given annually to an individual or organization that supports the aims of ABCT in providing awareness, advocacy, or evidence-based behavioral health services in the field of cognitive and behavioral therapies. 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. Candidates are nominated by an ABCT member and applications should include a letter of nomination/support and a curriculum vitae of the nominee. Recent recipients of this award include The Honorable Erik K. Shinseki, Michael Gelder, Mark S. Bauer, Vikram Patel, Benedict Carey, and Bivian “Sonny” Lee III. Please e-mail the nomination materials as one PDF document to [email protected]. Include “Distinguished Friend to BT” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

NOMINATION FORM

 

President’s New Researcher Award

ABCT’s 2021-22 President, Laura Seligman, Ph.D., invites submissions for the 44th 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, innovative work published in high-impact journals; and promise of contributing to cognitive and behavioral theory to advance the field. Scholars who trained in smaller labs or who work in less research-intensive environments are encouraged to apply, as the quality and potential impact of one’s work, not the number of publications, will be the focus.

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 [email protected]. Include candidate’s last name and “President’s New Researcher” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

 

Outstanding Service to ABCT

This award is given annually to an individual who has displayed exceptional service to ABCT. Nominations for this award are solicited from members of the ABCT governance. Please complete the nomination form found online at www.abct.org/awards/. Email the completed form and associated materials as one pdf document to [email protected]  Include “Outstanding Service” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

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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 and post-baccalaureate students. 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. Additional requirements and submission instructions are available on the Student Travel Award Application. Award winners will be announced in mid-September 2022.

Submissions for the Student Travel Award will be accepted until July 22, 2022.

APPLICATION FORM

 

 

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 next year’s ABCT 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, including individuals on predoctoral internships and post-baccalaureate students. 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 2022.

Submissions for the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards will be accepted until July 22, 2022.

APPLICATION FORM

 

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 [email protected]. Include candidate’s last name and “Student Dissertation Award” in the subject line.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022

APPLICATION FORM

 

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 are due Tuesday March 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EST). Applications should include all of the materials listed in GSRG Application Guidelines and one letter of support from a faculty advisor (click here for tips on writing letters of recommendation without bias).

Please email the application, excluding the advisor letter, in a single pdf to the chair of the Research Facilitation Committee, Ryan Jacoby, Ph.D., at [email protected] Include “Graduate Student Research Grant” in your subject heading. Be sure to include this submission checklist as part of your application.

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

Application deadline: March 1, 2022

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 [email protected] Include “Outstanding Service” in the subject line.

 

Nominations for the following awards are not currently being accepted

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)

 

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).

 

About ABCT Awards

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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