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2021 Award Winners

Mark J. Hilsenroth, Ph.D. – Winner of the Society’s Distinguished Psychologist Award

Mark J. Hilsenroth, Ph.D., ABAP graduated from the University of Tennessee’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 1996 and completed his Clinical Internship at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is currently a Professor at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. At Adelphi, Dr. Hilsenroth is the Primary Investigator of the Adelphi University Psychotherapy Project and devotes his energy to teaching, mentoring in psychotherapy supervision and research, as well as his own clinical practice.

His research interests are primarily focused on applied clinical issues, with over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications in the areas of personality assessment, training/ supervision, psychotherapy process and treatment outcomes. He served as the Editor of the American Psychological Association Division 29 journal Psychotherapy (2011- 2020), an Associate Editor at the Journal of Personality Assessment (2002-2005) and on the editorial boards of the American Psychologist, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Psychotherapy Research, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Hilsenroth has won Early Career awards from several organizations including the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy (29), Society for Psychotherapy Research, Society for Personality Assessment, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2007 he was honored with the Adelphi University Excellence in Faculty Scholarship and Creative Work Award, and in 2015 an Adelphi Professor Recognition Award. In 2014, Dr. Hilsenroth was recognized with the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring award and most recently in 2021 the Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy, both from the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy (29).

Fred Leong, Ph.D. – Winner of the Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

Dr. Frederick Leong is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research as well as Co-Director of the Shanghai-MSU Research Consortium for Career and Work Psychology. He has authored or co-authored over 290 journal articles and book chapters and also edited or co-edited 20 books. He is Editor-in-Chief Society for The Advancement of Psychotherapy 2021 Award winners of the Encyclopedia of Counseling (Sage Publications) and the APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology (APA Books). He is currently working on the APA Handbook of Psychotherapy. He is the Founding Editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology and the Associate Editor of the Archives of Scientific Psychology. He also served as Associate Editor of the American Psychologist and the lead editor of the Handbook of Asian American Psychology, 2nd Edition (Sage Publications). Dr. Leong is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 1, 2, 5, 12, 17, 29, 45, 52), Association for Psychological Science, Asian American Psychological Association, International Academy for Intercultural Research, and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

His major research interests center around culture and mental health, cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian Americans), cultural and personality factors related to career choice, adaptability, and work stress. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited 18,850 times and he has an h-index of 77 and i10 index of 207 (207 of his articles have been cited 10 or more times). He is the past president of APA’s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Division 12-Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities), the Asian American Psychological Association, the Division of Counseling Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology (which he founded). Most recently, he served as the International Domain Representative on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).

He is the recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology from APA’s Division 12, APA Division 45 Distinguished Contributions to Research Award, APA Minority Fellowship Program’s Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Psychological Association, and the APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science.

Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D. – Winner of the Society’s Mid-Career Practitioner Award

Michele D. Ribeiro completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a focus on multicultural counseling and education in 2005. She has worked as a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for approximately 15 years and has a small private practice on the side. She also facilitates the group psychotherapy training for psychiatry residents at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon; teaches group psychotherapy for the PsyD program at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon; has worked as a national speaker/trainer for PESI, INC on mindfulness, yoga and mental health, and serves as a visiting instructor for Zanzibar University in Tanzania. Her scholarship engages in group psychotherapy, examining whiteness, teaching anti-racist practices, and bringing yoga and mindfulness into clinical practice. She is board certified in group psychology, a fellow with the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and serves on the boards for AGPA and APA including Division 52 (International Psychology) as secretary, and Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) as the APA Council Representative. She has published two (co)edited books entitled: The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (2018) and Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy: Knocking at the Boundaries (2020) by Routledge Press.

Stephanie Budge, Ph.D. – Winner of the Social Justice and Public Interest/Public Policy Award for Early Career Professionals

stephanie-budge.20Stephanie Budge (she/her/hers) focuses her research and advocacy efforts with transgender, two-spirit, nonbinary, and gender diverse people. She is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She conducts community-based participatory research that focuses on emotional and coping processes for transgender youth and adults, as well as the effectiveness of medical and psychotherapeutic treatments for transgender clients. She provides clinical trainings nationally and internationally related to LGBTQ issues, focusing on practitioners’ self-efficacy, knowledge, awareness, and skills. At the University of Wisconsin Madison, she promotes transgender advocacy on campus by providing workshops to students, faculty, and staff related to navigating gender identity within a university environment. As a licensed psychologist, she has provided pro-bono therapy to transgender and nonbinary youth and adults. Stephanie is currently an Associate Editor of two journals: Psychotherapy (Division 29’s Journal) and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transgender Health.

Stephanie enjoys going on hikes with her wife and toddler, cooking (especially anything with potatoes), and rappelling down waterfalls.

Jennifer Schwartz, Ph.D.– Winner of the Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring

Jennifer Schwartz, PhD, is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center (PSC) in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University. She has been a training clinic director since 2005 and was the inaugural clinic director of Drexel’s Psychological Services Center that began in 2013. She has spent her entire professional career training and mentoring future psychologists, helping to excite students about the study of psychology, and building/directing clinical settings that facilitate the highest quality training and patient care. Schwartz has served multiple terms on the executive board of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC), currently chairs the APTC awards committee, mentors and consults with other training clinic directors, and recently completed a 3-year term as a member of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

The Drexel PSC is a training clinic that serves the greater Philadelphia Community. Graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Drexel rotate through the PSC and are trained in state-of-the-art therapeutic approaches of patient assessment and treatment. Schwartz trains cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques and is heavily invested in developing and assessing competency development in her trainees. She instills a love of evidence-based and data-informed care in her students and frequently can be heard telling them that all practice should be informed by science and practice should inform science. Schwartz encourages trainees to consult literature, identify measurable treatment targets, utilize ongoing measurement, adapt according to data, and aggregate data to inform future care. She embraces emerging technologies as tools for enhancing patient care and facilitating training of graduate students and has applied technology to training in novel ways. At Drexel, Schwartz has consistently directed a cooperative-education experience for undergraduate students where they get hands-on learning regarding the administration of a mental health clinic.

The Drexel PSC is a community-facing mental health facility that provides low cost and high-quality services to members of the surrounding neighborhoods. The PSC provides treatment services to individuals who often would not be able to receive such services due to cost and distance. Schwartz has built partnerships between the Drexel Psychological Services Center (PSC) and other service agencies so that mental health benefits now augment community initiatives. In addition to the typical services offered at a university-based training clinic (e.g., adult therapy, child and adolescent therapy, assessment), the PSC at Drexel has unique training opportunities such as an intensive outpatient program for at-risk postpartum women, a reentry program that is a collaboration between the PSC and the federal court, and a program for exonerees through our relationship with the Innocence Project. More importantly, given that the PSC is a training site, Schwartz, through her work at the PSC, instills the values of social justice and giving back to the community in those who are being trained. The PSC does not just model this for students but teaches them how to build and evaluate such programs.

Robert Hatcher, Psy.D. – Winner of American Psychological Foundation/Society for the Advancement of psychotherapy Rosalee G. Weiss Lecturer

Dr. Robert Hatcher received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, where he was Director of the Psychological Clinic and the Institute for Human Adjustment for many years. He joined the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2009, where he is currently Director of its Wellness Center and Affiliated Professor in the Doctoral Program in Psychology. Dr. Hatcher was instrumental in developing the modern version of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC), comprising university-based practicum training sites from the US and Canada. He served as its President from 1999-2001, and as President-Emeritus on its Executive Committee since then.

For a number of years, Dr. Hatcher was the APTC representative to the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) at APA, and led a combined APTC-CCTC effort to create a set of developmental competencies for practicum training. This work contributed to the APA Benchmarks Competencies document. He has contributed to the literature on practicum training and standards. This work led to a number of awards, including an APA Presidential Citation and its award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training.

Dr. Hatcher has published research and theoretical articles on the alliance in psychotherapy, and developed a version of the Working Alliance Inventory that is in use worldwide. He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals.

An APA Fellow, Dr. Hatcher has been Chair of the Society’s Fellows Committee since 2013, encouraging distinguished SfAP members to apply for APA Fellow status, and inviting members who were already APA Fellows through other divisions to become SfAP Fellows. During this time, 19 new APA Fellows have been elected, and 27 SfAP members who were already APA Fellows became SfAP Fellows. He filled in as Chair of the SfAP Publications Board for 2020. He has found SfAP to be a wonderful professional home over the years, and is very grateful to be honored with this year’s APF Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture for Outstanding Leaders.

Barbara Thompson, Ph.D. – Winner of the Society’s Distinguished Practitioner Award

Dr. Barbara J. Thompson is a counseling psychologist who has been engaged in private practice for over 25 years while also serving in various other professional roles from running community based mental health programs to teaching and supervising therapist trainees. She has published psychotherapy research and presented on a variety of topics related to the therapeutic process (e.g., Misunderstanding Events in Psychotherapy, Therapist Compassion, Consensual Qualitative Research). She has served on the Professional Practice Domain and Membership Domain of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

She currently has a telemental health practice in Costa Rica where she enjoys hummingbirds and sunsets while pondering this new world we live in and what it all means.

Most Valuable Paper (MVP) Award

“Is There an Optimal Level of Positive and Negative Feedback in Group Therapy? A Response Surface Analysis”

by d. martin Kivlighan III, ramsey w. Ali, and Yunkyoung loh Garrison

Martin Kivlighan is an associate professor in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa. He earned his PhD in counseling psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015 and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. His research interests are in psychotherapy process and outcome, group psychotherapy, the multicultural orientation (MCO) framework, and psychotherapy training. He was recently awarded a federal grant from the US Department of Health to increase doctoral training in integrative behavioral healthcare, substance use prevention and treatment, and telepsychology. As part of this grant, he serves as the co-director of the Telepsychology Training Clinic (TPTC) housed in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. The TPTC is a community-based training clinic that provides free and accessible mental health services to underserved and underinsured rural Iowans.

In addition to his role in the counseling psychology program, Dr. Kivlighan is a visiting associate professor in Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Within this role he conducts process and outcome research on integrated behavioral health services and group therapy for the Behavioral Oncology Program at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC). He also provides clinical services to cancer patients and caregivers within the HCCC Behavioral Oncology Clinic, including group therapy and integrated behavioral health consultation services.

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