2016 Award Recipient

Dr. Tali Boritz

Tali Boritz, PhD

The Norine Johnson Psychotherapy Research Grant for $10,000 was awarded to Tali Boritz, PhD. for her proposal titled “Therapist Characteristics, Alliance Rupture and Resolution, and Treatment Outcomes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.”

Tali Boritz is a psychologist and clinician scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research primarily focuses on psychotherapy process and outcome, with particular emphasis on the treatment of personality disorders. Her current research program aims to elucidate mechanisms of change in personality disorders, including the successful negotiation of the therapeutic alliance. The aim of her Norine Johnson Grant study is to determine whether in-session alliance rupture and resolution processes predict clinical outcomes in borderline personality disorder (BPD), and to assess the moderating effect of specific therapist characteristics on these alliance processes. This research will be used to inform the improvement of existing psychotherapies for BPD, as well as to optimize training practices for therapists working with this population.


Norine Johnson, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant for Early Career Psychologists

Brief Statement about the Grant:

The Norine Johnson, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant, offered annually by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy to Early Career Psychologists (within 10 years post earning the doctoral degree), provides $10,000 toward the advancement of research on psychotherapist factors that may impact treatment effectiveness and outcomes, including type of training, amount of training, professional degree or discipline of the psychotherapist, and the role or impact of psychotherapists’ personal characteristics on psychotherapy treatment outcomes.

Eligibility:

Early Career (within 10 years post earning the doctoral degree) Doctoral-level researchers with a successful record of publication are eligible for the grant.

Submission Deadline:

April 1, of each year

Request for Proposals

Description

This program awards grants for research on psychotherapist factors that may impact treatment effectiveness and outcomes, including type of training, amount of training, professional degree or discipline of the psychotherapist, and the role or impact of psychotherapists’ personal characteristics on psychotherapy treatment outcomes.

Program Goals

  • Advance understanding of psychotherapist factors that may impact treatment effectiveness and outcomes through support of empirical research
  • Encourage researchers with a successful record of publication to undertake research in these areas

Funding Specifics

  • One annual grant of $10,000 to be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to his or her university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities (see Additional Information section below).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early Career (within 10 years post earning the doctoral degree), Doctoral-level researchers
  • Demonstrated competence in the area of proposed work
  • IRB approval must be received from the principal investigator’s institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved
  • The selection committee may elect to award the grant to the same individual or research team up to two consecutive years
  • The selection committee may choose not to award the grant in years when no suitable nominations are received
  • Researcher must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy: Join Here.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with goals listed above under “Program Goals”
  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area
  • Quality of proposed work
  • Applicant’s competence to execute the project
  • Appropriate plan for data collection and completion of the project

Proposal Requirements for All Proposals

  • Description of the proposed project to include title, goals, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans: not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11-point font)
  • CV of the principal investigator: not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages and should focus on research activities
  • A 300-word biosketch that describes why your experiences and qualifications make you suited for successfully carrying out this research proposal.
  • Timeline for execution (priority given to projects that can be completed within 2 years)
  • Full budget and justification (indirect costs not permitted), which should take up no more than 1 additional page (the budget should clearly indicate how the grant funds would be spent)
  • Funds may be used to initiate a new project or to supplement additional funding. The research may be at any stage. In any case, justification must be provided for the request of the current grant funds. If the funds will supplement other funding or if the research is already in progress, please explain why the additional funds are needed (e.g., in order to add a new component to the study, add additional participants, etc.)

Additional Information

  • After the project is completed, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years of receipt must be returned
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged by footnote in the publication
  • All individuals directly receiving funds from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st)

Submission Process and Deadline

    • All materials must be submitted electronically at the same time
    • All applicants must complete the grant application form, in MSWord or other text format
    • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
    • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
    • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, assnmgmt1@cox.net
    • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received. Please resubmit.
    • Deadline:  April 1, of each year

Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Science and Scholarship Domain Representative (Dr. Susan Woodhouse at woodhouse@lehigh.edu), or Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, assnmgmt1@cox.net.


Previous Recipients

2015 – Jesse Owen

2013 – Joshua K. Swift and Jennifer L. Callahan

2012 – Cheri L. Marmarosh

2011 – Charles Gelso and Clara Hill