Student Diversity Paper Award


Enter the Annual Division of Psychotherapy Student Paper Competition

Annual Deadline is April 1


The Diversity Award for the best paper on issues of diversity in psychotherapy. The APA defines diversity as individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

What are the benefits to you?

  • Cash prize of $500 for the winner.
  • Enhance your curriculum vitae and gain national recognition.
  • Plaque and check presented at the Division 29 Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
  • Abstract will be published in the Psychotherapy Bulletin, the official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

What are the requirements?

  • Papers must be based on work conducted by the first author during his/her graduate studies. Papers can be based on (but are not restricted to) a Masters thesis or a doctoral dissertation.
  • Papers should be in APA style, not to exceed 25 pages in length (including tables, figures, and references) and should not list the authors’ names or academic affiliations.
  • Please include a title page as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document so that the papers can be judged “blind.” This page can include authors’ names and academic affiliations.
  • Also include a cover letter as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document. The cover letter should attest that the paper is based on work that the first author conducted while in graduate school. It should also include the first author’s mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • All applicants must be members of the Division of Psychotherapy. Join the Division at
  • Applicant must specify for which award he/she is applying. Applicants can submit multiple papers for awards, but an individual paper may only be submitted for a single award.

Submissions should be emailed to:

Nicholas Morrison, Chair, Student Development Committee, The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy E-mail:

Download the PDF for the Annual Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Student Paper Competition

Student Competition 2017

Student Diversity Paper Award


2017 Recipient

Hui Xu

Title: Cultural Congruence with Psychotherapy Efficacy: A Network Meta-Analytic Examination in China
Author: Hui Xu
Institution: Arizona State University
Hui Xu is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the Arizona State University. He is currently a pre-doctoral intern at the Iowa State University Student Counseling Services. He will be working as an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago in Fall 2017. His research in psychotherapy science is focused on examining what contributes to therapy efficacy across various cultural contexts. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, sports, and any intellectual activity.

Paper Abstract: While the cultural congruence hypothesis has been meta-analytically examined across ethnic and racial groups, there has been little research looking into culturally specific congruence in a particular culture. This study examined the cultural congruence hypothesis by examining the relative efficacy of three treatment modalities (i.e., cognitive/psycho-educational therapy, humanistic/experiential therapy, and indigenous therapy) in the Chinese cultural context. It was hypothesized that indigenous therapy and humanistic/experiential therapy are more effective than cognitive/psycho-educational therapy, given the experiential-subjective emphasis in Chinese culture. A network meta-analysis was conducted based on a comprehensive review of randomized control trials (k = 235). The results supported the hypothesized differential efficacy, indicating that treatments consistent with Chinese experiential-subjective focus of change process were more effective. The practical and theoretical implications of this study were provided along with limitations.

Student Diversity Paper Award


Previous Winners

2016 – Graham Danzer, Arizona State University, “White Psychologists and African American Historical Trauma: Implications for Practice”

2015 – Marilyn A. Cornish, PhD., paper completed during doctoral studies at Iowa State University, “When Religion Enters the Counseling Group: Multiculturalism, Group Processes, and Social Justice”

2014 – Jackson J. Taylor, MA, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, “From a LInear Match Equation to the Intersubjective Sphere: Negotiating Identities of the SExual Kind”

2013 – Joan DeGeorge, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, “Individual Differences in Psychotherapy Change Among Ethnic Minority Patient”. Additional Authors: Michael J. Constantino, Samuel S. Nordberg, David Kraus

2012 – Kristin Miserocchi, ”Methodological Review of Constructs of Whiteness in the Counseling Literature”

2011 – Dana Lea B. Nelson, MS, Penn State University, “Challenging Stereotypes of Eating and Body Image Concerns Among College Students: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment of Diverse Populations”

2010 – no award given

2009 – no award given

2008 – Arien Muzacz, City College of the City University of New York, Older Adults, Sexuality and Psychotherapy: Implications for Ethnic and Sexual Minorities

2007 – Peter D Panthauer, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, “Therapy with Lesbian Couples”

2006 – Shin Shin Tang, University of Oregon

2005 – Roger Karlsson

2004 – no award given

2003 – no award given

2002 – Durriya Meer

2001 – Arieahn Matamonasa, Fielding Institute

2000 – Paula Domenia-Lake, U of Maryland, College Park

1999 – Peony Fhagen-Smith

1996 – Nnamdi Pole and Jennifer Treuting

1990 – 1st Place ($350): Marisol Munez, Florida State U. “Toward the psychological empowerment of ethnic minority clients: a competence paradigm for psychotherapy practice.”

2nd Place ($150): Gayle Y. Iwamasa, M.S., Purdue U. “Cultural psychotherapy model”