Distinguished Career Practitioner Award


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Distinguished Career Awards for Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy, which recognize contributions made through one’s career to the advancement of psychotherapy practice, training, research and theory, as well as to the Society.


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.


  • Must be or become a member of Division 29 (note that there is a $40 membership fee and it is not a requirement that you be a member of APA - https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/why-join/).
  • Nominee must be more than 20 years post graduate degree
  • Nominees must be currently engaged in or retired from a primarily (at least 75% of their time) clinical practice. This can include independent practice, group practice, Community Mental Health Centers, VAs, counseling centers, other settings where nominee’s primary role is in providing psychotherapy services.


Application materials should include:

  • A nomination letter written by a colleague or by themselves that (a) indicates the award category to which the nomination applies, and (b) outlines the nominee’s relevant contributions throughout their career. It should be clear how the nominees’ contributions across their career have made a significant impact.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.
  • Three letters supporting the nomination.


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 Career Practitioner Award

2022 Recipient: Jeffrey Nels Younggren

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Distinguished Member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), Dr. Younggren is a clinical and forensic psychologist who practices in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and currently is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Younggren served as President of APA Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and Secretary of Division 29. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Ethics Committees of the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the APA, the APA Committee on Accreditation, and the APA/APLS Committee that drafted the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. Dr. Younggren consults to various licensing boards on ethics and standards of care, and qualifies as an expert in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. He continues to serve as a Risk Management consultant to The Trust and its policyholders.

Distinguished Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2021- Barbara J. Thompson, Ph.D.

2020 - Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.