Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant


The Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grants, offered annually by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy to graduate students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and psychologists (including early career psychologists), provides $5,000 grants toward the advancement of research on psychotherapy process and/or psychotherapy outcome.

Program Goals

  • Advance understanding of psychotherapy process and/or psychotherapy outcome through support of empirical research
  • Encourage talented graduate students towards careers in psychotherapy research
  • Support psychologists engaged in quality psychotherapy research

Funding Specifics

  • Three (3) annual grants of $5,000 each to be paid in one lump sum to each of the researchers who receives the award, to the researcher’s university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities.
  • A researcher can win only one of these grants (see Additional Information section below).

Eligibility Requirements

All graduate students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral-level researchers with a promising or successful record of publication are eligible for the grant.

  • Demonstrated or burgeoning competence in the area of proposed work
  • IRB approval must be received from the principal investigator’s institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved
  • The same project/lab may not receive funding two years in a row
  • Applicant must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA). Join the Society at

The research committee reserves the right not to award a grant if there are insufficient submissions or submissions do not meet the criteria stated.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with goals listed above under “Program Goals”
  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area
  • Quality of proposed work
  • Applicant’s competence to execute the project
  • Appropriate plan for data collection and completion of the project

Proposal Requirements

  • Description of the proposed project to include, title, goals, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans: not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11-point font)
  • CV of the principal investigator: not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages and should focus on research activities
  • A 300-word biosketch that describes why your experiences and qualifications make you suited for successfully carrying out this research proposal.
  • Timeline for execution (priority given to projects that can be completed within two years)
  • Full budget and justification (indirect costs not permitted), which should take up no more than 1 additional page (the budget should clearly indicate how the grant funds would be spent)
  • Funds may be used to initiate a new project or to supplement additional funding. The research may be at any stage. In any case, justification must be provided for the request of the current grant funds. If the funds will supplement other funding or if the research is already in progress, please explain why the additional funds are needed (e.g., in order to add a new component to the study, add additional participants, etc.)
  • No additional materials are required for doctoral level psychologists who are not postdoctoral fellows
  • Graduate students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows should refer the section immediately below for additional materials that are required.

Additional Proposal Requirements for Graduate Students, Predoctoral Interns, and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows should also submit the CV of the mentor who will supervise the work
  • Graduate students and pre-doctoral interns must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, one from the mentor who will be providing guidance during the completion of the project and this letter must indicate the nature of the mentoring relationship
  • Postdoctoral fellows must submit 1 letter of recommendation from the mentor who will be providing guidance during the completion of the project and this letter should indicate the nature of the mentoring relationship

Additional Information

  • A full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion
  • After the project is completed, recipients will submit a practitioner-friendly summary of the research for publication in Psychotherapy Bulletin and/or the website of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. This summary is meant to not conflict with or duplicate publication in a research journal, but rather is meant to inform Society membership and the public about the research in a way that translates the research in a practice-friendly way.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged by a footnote or author note in the publication
  • All individuals who directly receive funds from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st)

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Deadline: April 1 (midnight).

Submission Process:

  • Please submit grant applications electronically, in Word format, along with all other grant materials at one time
  • All applicants must complete the grant application form, in MSWord or other text format
  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
  • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, [email protected]
  • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received; please resubmit.

Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Science and Scholarship Domain Representative (Dr. Susan Woodhouse at [email protected]), or Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office, [email protected]

Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant

2018 Recipient: Dr. Robinder Bedi

Dr. Robinder (Rob) P. Bedi is an associate professor of counselling psychology In the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. He has been designated a Senior Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and a University of British Columbia Leading Edge Scholar. Dr. Bedi's current research interests include multicultural and cross-cultural counselling and psychotherapy, particularly in India or with individuals of Asian Indian descent and he conducts research both in India and in North America.

2018 Recipient: Elizabeth Demeusy

University of Rochester. Her research interests broadly focus on evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth, specifically those impoverished and with experiences of trauma. In particular, she is interested in child maltreatment prevention and the development of externalizing behavior problems in young children.

With this grant, Elizabeth plans to conduct a follow-up study on a multi-component preventative intervention designed to prevent child maltreatment and support healthy development in newborns of young mothers, for her dissertation. Following graduation, she hopes to continue this line of research by pursuing a career that focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for disadvantaged children and families.

2018 Recipient: Dr. Sigal Zilcha-Mano

Sigal Zilcha-Mano is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Healthy Aging and Late Life Brain Disorders Program, Columbia University. She heads the Psychotherapy Research Lab at the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and on the editorial board of Psychotherapy, and of Psychotherapy Research. Her research focuses on active ingredients in psychotherapy and in the placebo effect, which bring about therapeutic change, including the working alliance and the expectancy regarding treatment progress. She investigates the distinct roles these active ingredients may play in different treatments and for different patients, with the aim of laying the foundation for evidence-based, patient-tailored treatment.

Dr. Zilcha-Mano is the recipient of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award, and the Dusty and Ettie Miller Fellowship for Outstanding Young Scholars. She has received several research grants to support her work, including the Fulbright Fellowship (working with Jacques Barber at Adelphi University), as well as research and equipment grants from the Israel Science Foundation and from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The Norine Johnson, PhD, Psychotherapy Research Grant gives her the opportunity to investigate the effects of therapist's use of techniques to counter and complement the patient's attachment orientations, and to examine its potential contribution to optimizing the efficacy of treatments for depression.

Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant

Previous Recipients

2016– Jennifer S. Cheavens; Ken Critchfield; Rayna Markin

2015 – Samantha Bernecker; Stephanie Hoover, Joel M. Town

2013 – Jenelle Slavin-Mulford

2012 – Marilyn Cornish

2011 – Michael Constantino

2010 – Stephanie Budge