Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy invites nominations for its 2018 Distinguished Psychologist Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions to psychotherapy, psychology, and the Society.

This award was established in 1970 as the Distinguished Professional Award in Psychology and Psychotherapy. At the Mid Winter meeting in 1984, the Board of Directors changed its name to Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy.

The criteria for receipt of this award are loosely defined and are flexible in order to embrace the breadth of contributions that psychologists/psychotherapists make that distinguish them from their peers. However, the following aspects of each candidate are considered in this order:

  • Length of time of service to psychotherapy
  • Membership in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
  • Significance of contributions to the practice, research, and/or training in psychotherapy
  • Significance of contributions to the Society

Application materials should include:

  1. a nomination letter outlining the nominee’s career contributions (self-nominations are welcomed) and
  2. a current Curriculum Vitae.

The awardee will receive a cash honorarium of $500 and up to $500 reimbursement for qualified expenses to attend the Society’s Awards Ceremony held at the APA Convention in San Francisco, California, August 2018.

Deadline for nominations for this award is January 31, 2018.

Letters of nomination outlining the nominee’s credentials and contributions (along with the nominee’s CV) should be emailed to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee, Dr. Jeffrey Zimmerman at drz@jzphd.com.

Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy


2017 Recipient

Dr. William B. Stiles

WILLIAM B. STILES is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA. He also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has held visiting positions at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds in the United Kingdom, at Massey University in New Zealand, at the University of Joensuu in Finland, and at Maia University Institute in Portugal. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1972. He has been President of Division 29 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) and of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has served as Editor of Psychotherapy Research and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, most dealing with psychotherapy, verbal interaction, and research methods.

Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy


Previous Recipients

2016 – Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD, ABPP

2015 – Douglas Snyder

2014 – Lorna Smith Benjamin

2013 – Les Greenberg

2012 – Paul L. Wachtel

2011 – Jack C. Anchin

2010 – Jeffrey E. Barnett & Judith Jordan

2009 – Norine Johnson & Jon Carlson

2008 – Bruce E. Wampold

2007 – Gary VandenBos & Carol Goodheart

2006 – Louis Castonguay

2005 – Gerald Koocher

2004 – John C. Norcross & Wade H Silverman

2003 – Clara Hill & Charles J Gelso

2002 – Ronald F. Levant & Frank Dattillio

2001 – Lenore E Walker & Michael J Lambert

2000 – Marvin R Goldfried & Linda F Campbell

1999 – Ellen McGrath

1998 – David Orlinsky

1997 – Alvin R. Mahrer

1996 – Norman Abeles & Alice K. Rubenstein

1995 – Stanley Moldawsky & Harry Sands

1994 – Rachel Hare-Mustin

1993 – Patrick H. DeLeon

1992 – Arnold A Lazarus

1991 – Donald K. Freedheim

1990 – Tommy T. Stigall

1989 – Jack G. Wiggins

1988 – Ernst G. Beier

1987 – Mathilda B. Canter

1986 – Ronald E. Fox

1985 – Stanley R. Graham

1984 – Robert A. Harper

1983 – Herbert J. Freudenberger

1982 – Arthur L. Kovacs

1981 – Carl N. Zimet

1980 – Jules Barron

1979 – Max Siegel

1978 – Jack D. Krasner

1977 – Gordon F. Derner

1976 – Nicholas A. Cummings

1975 – Sidney Jourard (Posthumous Award)

1974 – Haim Ginott (Posthumous Award)

1973 – Albert Ellis & Hans H. Strupp

1972 – Carl R. Rogers

1971 – Victor Raimy

1970 – Eugene T. Gendlin