2022 Student Paper Award Winners

Mathilda B. Canter Education and Training Student Paper Award Winner

Jolin Yamin is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She recently finished her doctoral internship at University of Chicago Medicine and will soon begin her post-doctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research interests include studying interventions for trauma- and stressor-related conditions, as well as developing and testing effective clinical training approaches. She is also interested in the dissemination of experiential and emotion-focused therapies.

Donald K. Freedheim Student Development Paper Award Winner

Marisol Meyer is a fifth-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated from Dartmouth College, earning honors for bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthropology. During her time as a doctoral student, she has been a proud member of the Challenging Racism and Empowering Communities through Ethnocultural Research (CRECER) lab in which she conducts research related to community-based, culturally responsive mental health interventions. This research specifically focuses on how unique community strengths and evidence- informed/evidence-based practice can be coalesced and leveraged to promote psychological wellness. Marisol has coordinated and co-designed interventions and curricula addressing community-selected topics such as trauma-informed mental health support, emotion socialization, and ethnic racial identity development. These programs have reached community-leaders, teachers, healthcare professionals, caregivers, and youth. Her experience engaging with community needs through research and intervention have given her experience in program manualization and adaptation. Relatedly, Marisol’s clinical work has focused on the implementation of culturally responsive, empirically-based intervention with ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse clients in community-based mental health centers, academic health centers, and forensic settings. For more information about Marisol and her work, please visit:

Diversity Student Paper Award Winner

Adela Scharff is a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany (SUNY) and is currently completing her clinical internship at Northwestern University. Her research interests include exploring the role of identity characteristics such as race, gender, and sexual orientation in psychotherapy, treatment of trauma-related disorders, and naturalistic psychotherapy outcome research. Clinically, she is particularly interested in working with LGBTQ populations and other patients from minoritized backgrounds and in trauma-focused psychotherapy.

Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Student Paper Award Winner

Averi Gaines is a fourth-year graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2017, Averi graduated with honors from Haverford College with a BA in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Averi began her graduate work at UMass in 2019, and she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship during her first year. Her research centers on patient, therapist, dyadic, and systemic factors that influence psychotherapy processes and outcomes. Her work has been disseminated at professional conferences and in peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Student Excellence in Practice Award

Dr. Zoe Ross-Nash (she/hers) is originally from Allendale, New Jersey and earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Service Studies and Dance from Elon University. Dr. Ross-Nash earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and completed an APA accredited internship at the University of California, Davis in the Eating Disorder Emphasis. Dr. Ross-Nash believes that the relationship between the client and therapist is a key element to taking steps towards growth. She aims to create a safe and warm space for clients to feel open in collaboratively exploring their vulnerability and be empowered in their strengths. Dr. Ross-Nash seeks to understand what happened to her clients in context of their histories and identities, not what is wrong with them.

Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award- Co-Winner

Nadia Alsamadi is a Palestinian-American clinical psychology doctoral student at Loyola University Maryland. In August 2022, Nadia will begin her predoctoral internship training at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in Los Angeles, California, and will graduate with her PsyD in 2023. Most recently, Nadia has worked as a supervised psychotherapist in private practice and an adjunct undergraduate psychology professor while completing an externship at the Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation inpatient program. She has a wide variety of clinical experiences and most enjoys working with LGBTQ+, first-generation American, and Arab clients. Nadia especially appreciates her work mentoring and collaborating with undergraduate psychology students. She hopes to use her career to continue teaching and providing affirming care from a culturally humble lens

Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award- Co-Winner

Judy is a sixth-year counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Maryland (UMD). She is currently completing her internship in the Counseling Center at Pace University in New York City. During graduate school, she has worked as an individual therapist at the University of Maryland Counseling Center, the Catholic University of America Counseling Center, and the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab, and as a group therapist at the Eating Recovery Center. Judy has taught Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice and The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships to upper-level UMD undergraduate students. Her research interests include the process of therapy for religious/spiritual clients, training therapists, the impact of clinical supervision on client outcome, the role of attachment in the therapeutic relationship, and the ways in which therapists work with dreams and meaning in life in psychotherapy. Judy hopes to pursue a career that integrates therapy, teaching, research, and supervision. In addition to her professional interests, Judy enjoys playing with her nephews and nieces, waterskiing and kayaking, and cheering on UMD’s basketball teams!

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