2018 Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 50th Anniversary Research Grant
Brief Statement about the Grant Program
The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 50th Anniversary Research Grant is offered by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy to graduate students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and psychologists (including early career psychologists), provides $30,000 toward the advancement of research on psychotherapy process and/or psychotherapy outcome.
All graduate students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral-level researchers with a promising or successful record of publication are eligible for the grant. The research committee reserves the right not to award a grant if there are insufficient submissions or submissions do not meet the criteria stated.
April 1, 2018
Request for Proposals
This program awards a $30,000 grant for a research project in the area of psychotherapy process and/or outcome. The research grant is offered in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Applications should describe the relevance of the proposed research for the direction of the field in the next 50 years.
- Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
- Advance understanding of psychotherapy process and/or psychotherapy outcome through support of empirical research
- Encourage talented graduate students towards careers in psychotherapy research
- Support psychologists engaged in quality psychotherapy research
- One grant of $30,000 to be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to the researcher’s university grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. An individual who receives the funds could incur tax liabilities (see Additional Information section below).
- Demonstrated or burgeoning 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
- Applicant must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA). Join the Society here.
- Conformance with goals listed above under “Program Goals”
- Magnitude of contribution in topic area
- Relevance of the research for the next 50 years of research and practice of psychotherapy
- 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 two 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.)
- Pilot studies that are intended to lead to later external funding of larger projects are welcome (but not required).
- No additional materials are required for doctoral level psychologists who are not postdoctoral fellows
- Graduate students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows should refer the section immediately below for additional materials that are required.
Additional Proposal Requirements for Graduate Students, Predoctoral Interns, and Postdoctoral Fellows
- Graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows should also submit the CV of the mentor who will supervise the work
- Graduate students and pre-doctoral interns must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, one from the mentor who will be providing guidance during the completion of the project and this letter must indicate the nature of the mentoring relationship
- Postdoctoral fellows must submit 1 letter of recommendation from the mentor who will be providing guidance during the completion of the project and this letter should indicate the nature of the mentoring relationship
- After the project is complete, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion
- After the project is completed, recipients will submit a practitioner-friendly summary of the research for publication in Psychotherapy Bulletin and/or the website of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. This summary is meant to not conflict with or duplicate publication in a research journal, but rather is meant to inform Society membership and the public about the research in a way that translates the research in a practice-friendly way.
- Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned
- When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged by a footnote or author’s note in the publication
- All individuals who directly receive 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, 2018
Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Science and Scholarship Domain Representative (Dr. Susan Woodhouse at email@example.com), or Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 50th Anniversary Research Grant
2018 Recipient: Dr. Simon Goldberg
Dr. Simon Goldberg completed his PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison under the mentorship of Drs. William Hoyt and Bruce Wampold. He completed his clinical internship at the Seattle VA and received postdoctoral training in health services research at the Seattle VA and the University of Washington. Simon will begin a position as assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in August, 2018. Simon’s work focuses on factors common across psychotherapies, with a particular emphasis on therapists’ contribution to outcome. He is also interested in the effects of mindfulness- and meditation-based interventions and military veteran mental health.
He will be using the 50th Anniversary Grant to examine correlates of therapist differences (i.e., therapist effects) in naturalistic psychotherapy. His study will involve assessment of a variety of candidate therapist characteristics, including administering several non-self-report behavioral and performance tasks. These measures will be used to predict the outcomes of patients treated by these therapists. He hopes to provide information regarding therapist factors that are associated with superior outcomes in psychotherapy that can be used to inform personnel selection and training.