The APF/Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Career Award


This program supports the mission of APA’s Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29) by recognizing Society members who have demonstrated outstanding promise in the field of psychotherapy early in their career.

Funding Specifics

One $1,000 award.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees should be:

  1. A member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.
  2. Be within 10 years post-doctorate

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees will be rated on accomplishment and achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research, or training.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Nomination letter written by a colleague outlining the nominee’s career contributions (self-nominations not acceptable).
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: Nominations must be submitted online:

Submission Deadline: December 31.

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Questions about this program should be directed to Julia Watson, Program Coordinator, at

APF welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.

The APF/Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Career Award

2020 Recipient: Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces

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Prof. Lorenzo-Luaces completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico (2011) and hnska Duarté-Vélez. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (2017), where he worked with Dr. Robert DeRubeis studying predictors and processes of therapies for depression, with a focus on cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs). In 2017, he joined the faculty at Indiana University – Bloomington as an Assistant Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. At IU, Prof. Lorenzo-Luaces is the principal investigator at the Study of Affective Disorders’ Classification and Treatment Lab (SADCaT Lab).

Prof. Lorenzo-Luaces is interested in the treatment of depression and other internalizing disorders like anxiety, with interests in low-intensity CBTs like internet-based CBT (iCBT) and bibliotherapy. Atheme of his work is that the heterogeneity in the prognosis of depression needs to be considered when studying etiology and treatments. He is especially interested in data-driven approaches to differentiate between individuals who can experience symptom remission with low-intensity treatments vs. those that may require face-to-face psychotherapy, medications, their combination, or even other more intensive treatments. In collaboration with Prof. Johan Bollen’s lab, his lab has studied vulnerability to internalizing disorders using social media data.

My research lab studies psychological treatments for depression and other common mental health problems like anxiety. I am especially interested in treatment programs that are easier to get to people than in-person psychotherapy (“talk therapy”), including self-help using books, mental health apps, and brief therapies. One of my biggest interests is how to use information that we know about people (e.g., age, treatment preferences, symptoms) to distinguish between people who can benefit from these “lowintensity” treatment strategies versus people who may require more intensive care including psychotherapy or medications. Together with Jonathan Bollen and Lauren Rutter, my lab has recently started using data from social media (e.g., Twitter) to study how depression affects people’s online behavior like when or what they post. Our next study is exploring how treatment for depression or anxiety translates to differences in social media.

The APF/Division 29 Early Career Award

Previous Recipients

2020 - Josh Turchan

2019 - Sigal Zilcha-Mano

2018 - Catherine Eubanks & Tony Rousmaniere

2017 – Rayna Markin

2016 – Joshua K. Swift & Christian Webb

2015 – Stephanie Budge

2014 – Zac Imel

2013 – James Boswell

2012 – Jesse Owen

2011 – Andres De Los Reyes

2010 – Tami Jo De Coteau

2009 – Katherine Muller

2008 – Kenneth N. Levy

2007 – Michael Constantino

Prior to 2007 the Early Career Award was known as the Krasner Award

2006 – Elizabeth Nutt Williams

2005 – No award given

2004 – Mark Hilsenroth & Matthew Nessetti

2003 – Craig N. Shealy

2002 – No award given

2001 – Jeffrey A. Hayes

2000 – Lisa Firestone

1999 – No award given

1998 – Louis Castonguay

1996 – Abraham W Wolf

1995 – Karen Kovacs-North

1994 – Nadine Kaslow

1993 – Jon Perez

1992 – John Norcross

1991 – Lisa M. Porche-Burke

1990 – Victor R. Nahmias

1989 – Leonard J. Haas

1988 – Alice K. Rubenstein

1987 – No award given

1986 – E. Rita Dudley (Grant)

1985 – Raymond H. DiGiuseppe

1984 – Ronald F. Levant

1983 – Jacquelyn L. Resnick & Gary R. VandenBos

1982 – No award given

1981 – Annette M. Brodsky & Gerald P. Koocher