The APF/Division 29 Early Career Award


About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

About the Division 29 Early Career Award

This program supports the mission of APA’s Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29) by recognizing Division members who have demonstrated outstanding promise in the field of psychotherapy early in their career.


One $1,800 award

Eligibility Requirements & Evaluation Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate and will be rated on the following dimensions:

  • SAP/Division 29 membership
  • Within 10 years post-doctorate
  • Demonstrated accomplishment and achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research or training

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination letter written by a colleague outlining the nominee’s career contributions (self-nominations not acceptable)
  • Current CV

Submission Process and Deadline

Nomination must be submitted online:

Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Please see this website for more information:

Questions about this program should be directed to Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at

The APF/Division 29 Early Career Award


2017 Recipient

Dr. Rayna Markin

Rayna D. Markin, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at Villanova University in the Department of Education and Counseling. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania with a part-time private practice, specializing in maternal mental health, infertility, and pregnancy loss. She is active in Division 29 of the APA and has served as the Early Career Psychologist Domain Representative and, currently, as the Education and Training chair.

Dr. Markin earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, with Dr. Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr. as her advisor. Her dissertation work looked at Central Relationship Themes in Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Markin also worked with Dr. Charles Gelso on the Real Relationship.

Dr. Markin’s research focuses on the process and outcome of relationally based, dynamic, psychotherapies. She is specifically interested in better defining aspects of the therapy relationship and discovering how these aspects influence the process and outcome of therapy. More recently, Dr. Markin’s research has applied attachment theory and psychotherapy to the understanding and treatment of prenatal attachment disturbances and, separately, pregnancy loss and infertility issues. She is the recipient of numerous grants to study such phenomena as the impact of maternal trauma on prenatal attachment and psychodynamic psychotherapy for perinatal grief.

The APF/Division 29 Early Career Award


Previous Recipients

2016 – Joshua K. Swift & Christian Webb

2015 – Stephanie Budge

2014 – Zac Imel

2013 – James Boswell

2012 – Jesse Owen

2011 – Andres De Los Reyes

2010 – Tami Jo De Coteau

2009 – Katherine Muller

2008 – Kenneth N. Levy

2007 – Michael Constantino

Prior to 2007 the Early Career Award was known as the Krasner Award

2006 – Elizabeth Nutt Williams

2005 – No award given

2004 – Mark Hilsenroth & Matthew Nessetti

2003 – Craig N. Shealy

2002 – No award given

2001 – Jeffrey A. Hayes

2000 – Lisa Firestone

1999 – No award given

1998 – Louis Castonguay

1996 – Abraham W Wolf

1995 – Karen Kovacs-North

1994 – Nadine Kaslow

1993 – Jon Perez

1992 – John Norcross

1991 – Lisa M. Porche-Burke

1990 – Victor R. Nahmias

1989 – Leonard J. Haas

1988 – Alice K. Rubenstein

1987 – No award given

1986 – E. Rita Dudley (Grant)

1985 – Raymond H. DiGiuseppe

1984 – Ronald F. Levant

1983 – Jacquelyn L. Resnick & Gary R. VandenBos

1982 – No award given

1981 – Annette M. Brodsky & Gerald P. Koocher