2020 Award Winners

Jean Carter, PhD – Winner of the Society’s Distinguished Psychologist Award

Dr. Jean Carter has maintained a psychotherapy practice in Washington, DC since receiving her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1980. In her work at the Washington Psychological Center, PC, she offers psychotherapy with individuals and couples, with primary emphases on serious trauma, relationship issues, depression and work stress/vocational adjustment. Additional areas of interest include supervision of psychotherapy practice, grief and loss and issues related to sexual orientation for both individuals and couples. Although she is active throughout psychology, her primary commitment and on-going passion are for the practice of psychotherapy.

Dr. Carter is the Treasurer of the American Psychological Association (2017-2022). She has served as President of three Divisions of the American Psychological Association, on the APA Council of Representatives, as Chair of the Committee for Division/APA Relations and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and chairs the APA Finance Committee. She was a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence Based Practice in Psychology and frequently contributes to psychological scholarship through publications and presentations. She is on the editorial board for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and Practice Innovations.  She has served as an Associate Editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist, Psychotherapy and The Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Carter is a Fellow in five Divisions of the American Psychological Association and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. She has received numerous awards, including the APF Rosalie Weiss Lecture (2017), Distinguished Psychologist (Psychologists in Independent Practice, Division 42 of APA), APA Presidential Citations (the John D. Black Practitioner Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Psychology, Division of Counseling Psychology (1998), and the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Best Practices Award (2008).

Michael J. Constantino, PhD – Winner of the Society’s Mid-Career Award for Distinguished Scholarship Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy

Dr. Michael J. Constantino is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directs the Psychotherapy Research Lab and serves as Graduate Program Director. Dr. Constantino’s professional and research interests center on patient, therapist, and dyadic factors in psychosocial treatments; pantheoretical principles of clinical change; and measurement-based care. He has authored or co-authored over 140 journal articles and book chapters, and over 240 professional presentations. He is also co-editor of the book, Principles of change: How psychotherapists implement research findings in practice, and the in-preparation Handbook of psychotherapy to be published by APA.

Dr. Constantino’s work has been recognized internationally, including with his receipt of the American Psychological Foundation’s Early Career Award, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration’s New Researcher Award, the Society for Psychotherapy Research’s Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award, the APA Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research Award, and APA and Division 29 fellow status. 

Dr. Constantino is Past-President of APA Division 29 and the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. He is also an Associate Editor for Psychotherapy, and a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science, and Psychotherapy Research.

Josh Turchan, PhD – Winner of the APF/Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Early Career Award

Josh Turchan, PhD is the Training Director and the Assistant Director of Research at Michigan State University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Auburn University.  As Training Director, Dr. Turchan has expanded the definition of evidence-based practice in training at CAPS to focus on the therapy relationship and created a seminar where he trains interns to focus on evidence-based relationship processes, which emphasizes the importance of responsivity and cultural adaptation in psychotherapy. He recently created a post-doctoral training program where he is the supervisor of the Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy concentration. As Assistant Director of Research at CAPS, he developed a clinical research program and is currently examining outcomes and moderators in Interpersonal Process group psychotherapy. Dr. Turchan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in MSU’s Psychology Department and is the Co-Director of the Interpersonal Problems Clinic, a relational psychodynamic psychotherapy training clinic within their Clinical Science Program. Within the Department of Psychology, he is a member of the Interpersonal Process in Psychotherapy Lab where he is part of a team that investigates the psychotherapy relationship.  

Broadly speaking, Dr. Turchan’s interests focus on the role of the relationship both in psychotherapy and in clinical supervision and how to train clinicians to be aware of these relational dynamics and adapt their interventions accordingly. His research interests focus on the interpersonal processes that occur in the psychotherapy relationship at both the dyadic and the group level. More specifically, he has particular interest in psychoanalytic theory, contemporary psychodynamic treatment and training, personality pathology and assessment, and the intersection and importance of multiculturalism and social justice within these domains.

Sheena Demery, PsyD – Winner of the Society’s Early Career Practitioner Award

As an early career psychologist Dr. Demery has made it a priority to ensure her work and training spans a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, home-based treatment outreach, and private practice. Dr. Demery’s clinical practice and passion is in the work with children and adolescents, and ensuring treatment is available and accessible to those in underserved populations and communities.

Dr. Demery received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She completed her internship in Child, Adolescent and Adult clinical psychology at Family Matters of Greater Washington, where she provided psychological treatment and administered psychological evaluations to patients of all ages.

Jacques Barber, PhD – Co-winner of the Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring

Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor and Dean, Gordon F Derner School of Psychology formerly the Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology at Adelphi University.  He is emeritus professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Psychology Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine.  He is past president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research and was a recipient of its early career award in 1996 and its Distinguished Research Career Award in 2014.  He recently received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29, 2018) and the Research Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div 39, 2019).  He has been visiting professor at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and at two universities in Australia.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania.

His research focuses on the outcome and process of psychodynamic and cognitive therapies for depression, panic disorder, substance dependence and personality disorders. He has been funded by NIMH and NIDA to conduct randomized clinical trials involving psychodynamic and cognitive therapy.  Guided by conceptual models emphasizing both relational and technical factors, his psychotherapy process research examines the impact of the therapeutic alliance and of therapists’ use of theoretically relevant interventions on the outcome of different therapies.  Outside of treatment research, he has also conducted research on individual core conflicts and metacognition in different populations including Children of Holocaust Survivors.  He has published more than 260 papers, chapters and books in the field of psychotherapy and personality.  He is mostly proud of the students and post docs he has mentored during his career.  

Among his recent books are “Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice” and “Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook (2014) both with Richard Summers; Visions in Psychotherapy Research and Practice: Reflections from the presidents of the society for psychotherapy research co-edited with Bernhard Strauss and Louis Georges Castonguay.  “Echoes of the Trauma: Relationship Themes and Emotions in the Narratives of the Children of Holocaust Survivors” co-authored with Hadas Wiseman, and The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, co-edited with Christopher Muran.  

Cheri Marmarosh, PhD – Co-winner of the Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring

Cheri L. Marmarosh, PhD, is an associate professor of professional psychology at the George Washington University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 where she specialized in group psychotherapy. After completing an internship at the University of Delaware’s Counseling Center, she completed the individual psychotherapy program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the couples program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr. Marmarosh initiated the Internship at Catholic University’s Counseling Center before moving to the George Washington University. She has taught group psychotherapy for more than 20 years, attachment theory and clinical practice for 10 years, and has published more than 40 empirical and theoretical articles that focus on how group and individual psychotherapy facilitate change. Over the years, she has supervised over 50 dissertations and major area papers,  mentored graduate student research, and supervised their clinical practice. Dr. Marmarosh is a fellow of APA Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) and APA Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), and she is the current president of Division 49.  She is currently an associate editor of Psychotherapy and the past associate editor of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. She is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Marmarosh is the lead author of two books, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy (2013, American Psychological Association) and Groups: Fostering a Culture of Change (2013, Sage Publications). Dr. Marmarosh has a private practice in DC where she works with adults, couples, and groups.

Rosemary Adam-Terem, PhD – Winner of the Society’s Distinguished Practitioner Award

Dr. Adam-Terem is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in Honolulu. She works with a wide variety of adult issues and a large proportion of her practice is with women or couples. She has been involved with helping victims of intimate partner violence, families going through divorce, post-partum patients, and has conducted custody evaluations and served as parenting coordinator for the Family Court. A past-president of the Hawai`i Psychological Association (HPA), Dr. Adam-Terem currently serves as membership chair of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, was formerly the Public Policy and Social Justice domain representative for the Society and will be running for election as president-elect this year. Dr. Adam-Terem is the current chair of HPA’s Ethics Committee and heads up the Continuing Education and Convention Committee. She has served on the Hawai`i State Board of Psychology for eight years and is a past chair.

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