Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy


Concurrent with the formation of the International Domain and the International Affairs Committee within the Society, this award was established in 2017 in recognition of individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy.

Funding Specifics

The awardee will receive a certificate and award of $500 as well as up to $500 reimbursement for qualified expenses to attend the Society’s Awards Ceremony to be held at the annual APA Convention.

Eligibility Requirements

The criteria for receipt of this award are broadly defined as significant and sustained contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy which is consistent with the international dimension of the Society’s mission, i.e., the Society is an international community of practitioners, scholars, researchers, teachers, health care specialists, and students who are interested in and devoted to the advancement of the practice and science of psychotherapy.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Membership in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (including non-APA Affiliate Members who are not members of APA).
  2. Sustained and significant contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy in practice, research and/or training in psychotherapy.
  3. These contributions must be in the international arena and a significant part of the contribution must be within the division OR the contributions should represent a significant collaboration with individuals from the international community and promotes the ideas and practices of that community.

Application materials should include:

  1. A nomination letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy (self-nominations are welcomed).
  2. Two or more supporting letters.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: All items must be sent electronically in one PDF document. Letters of nomination outlining the nominee’s credentials and contributions (along with the nominee’s CV) should be emailed to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee at SAP.AwardsCommittee@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: December 31 (annually)


Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

2021 Recipient: Fred Leong

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.

Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

Previous Recipients

2020 - No Award Given

2019 - Robert W. Resnick

2018 - Rod Goodyear