APA Convention Student Poster Award


Beginning in 2018, Division 29 launched a new student poster award initiative to identify and celebrate outstanding student research at the annual APA Convention. All accepted student abstracts for the Division 29 poster session at the APA Convention are automatically entered into this contest. The chair of the student development committee, the Division 29 President, and one other Division 29 board member review each abstract using the following criteria: 1) Quality of written abstract, 2) Novelty/importance of the research question, 3) Rigor of the research method, 4) Appropriateness of data analytic plan, and 5) Magnitude of contribution to psychotherapy research base. Six student finalists are chosen and notified of their finalist status prior to the APA convention. At the poster session, the six student finalists present their poster to the team of reviewers.

Funding Specifics

Two winners are chosen and announced at the Division 29 Lunch with the Luminaries the following day. Each winner is awarded a $500 prize. With this initiative, Division 29 is able to support dedicated students who are aiming to advance psychotherapy research. All Division 29 student members are encouraged to submit a poster abstract each year to enter!

APA Convention Student Poster Awards

Poster Session 1


Elyse Blake: Making a Connection: Therapeutic Alliance During First Three Months of Subscription-Based E-Therapy

Poster Session 2


Samantha Hernandez: Barriers and Facilitators to Cognitive Processing Therapy Delivery Across Mental Health Systems 


APA Convention Student Poster Awards

Previous Winners


Poster Session 1 Winner – Yixiao Dong: Therapist Effects in Routine Outcome Monitoring: A Doubly Latent Invariance Test of the BHM-20

Poster Session 1 Finalist Runners-Up -Yunling Chang: Congruence/Genuineness: A Meta-Analysis
Justin Hillman: The Dynamic Alliance-Outcome Relation

Poster Session 2 Winner – Kelsey Redmayne: Client Feedback Outcome Measures: Evaluating Outcome Trajectories and Clinical Significance

Poster Session 2 Finalist Runners-Up – Emily Leeper: Outside the Box: Analyzing 12 Years of Psychotherapy Distress & Outcomes with Asian American Clients
Rachel Dyer: Working Alliance and Gender Minority Stress: Implications for Psychotherapy with TNG Clients


Poster Session 1 Winner – Alyssa Clements-Hickman: Do Clinical Supervision Process Outcomes Predict Client Outcomes?

Poster Session 1 Finalist Runners-Up – Brian TaeHyuk Keum: A Meta-Analysis of Supervisor Effects on Client Outcomes; Derek D. Caperton: Prediction of Client Outcomes from Therapist Attachment Orientation

Poster Session 2 Winner – Jazmin M. Gonzalez: The Development and Initial Validation of the Therapist Cultural Comfort Scale

Poster Session 2 Finalist Runners-Up – Sang-Hee Hong: The Applicability of Client Feedback to Psychotherapy in South Korea; Amy D. Smith: The Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy: The Role of Goal Matching