Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Distinguished Psychologist Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions to psychotherapy, psychology, and the Society.

This award was established in 1970 as the Distinguished Professional Award in Psychology and Psychotherapy. At the Mid Winter meeting in 1984, the Board of Directors changed its name to Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and 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.

Nomination Requirements

  1. A nomination letter outlining the nominee’s career contributions (self-nominations are welcomed)
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: All items must be sent as electronic files in PDF format. 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 Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy

2022 Recipient: Dennis Martin Kivlighan, Jr., PhD

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr. PhD, is Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education and Interim Chair in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland-College Park. He received his Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982. His primary areas of interest are process-outcome relationships in individual, group, couples and family therapy. He teaches Didactic Practicums in group and individual therapy and supervises trainees in the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab. Kivlighan has published over 170 articles in peer reviewed journals and his work has been cited more than 13,700 times (h-index = 58; i10-index = 165 (from Google Scholar).

Professional Service (Editorial Boards, Offices)

Kivlighan is the editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology the Co-Editor of Small Group Research and a past editor of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, and serves on the editorial boards of the Psychotherapy Research, Psychotherapy, and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice. Kivlighan is past president of The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (49) of the American Psychological Association.


Kivlighan is a Fellow, Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy), Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), and Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), American Psychological Association. He was selected a Fulbright Teaching/ Research Fellowship (2015) to the University of Palermo, Italy. He was the Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year (2013), Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), received the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) from the Society of Counseling Psychology, Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, and Lifetime Mentoring Award, 2009, The Society of Counseling Psychology. Kivlighan is an Honorary Member, Taiwan Counseling Psychological Association (Member serial number: 130615016) and was an Honorary Chair Professor (2018), National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy

Previous Recipients

2021- Mark J. Hilsenroth

2020 - Jean Carter

2019 - Armand Cerbone

2018 - Jacques Barber

2017 - William B. Stiles 

2016 – Jeffrey J. Magnavita

2015 – Douglas Snyder

2014 – Lorna Smith Benjamin

2013 – Les Greenberg

2012 – Paul L. Wachtel

2011 – Jack C. Anchin

2010 – Jeffrey E. Barnett & Judith Jordan

2009 – Norine Johnson & Jon Carlson

2008 – Bruce E. Wampold

2007 – Gary VandenBos & Carol Goodheart

2006 – Louis Castonguay

2005 – Gerald Koocher

2004 – John C. Norcross & Wade H Silverman

2003 – Clara Hill & Charles J Gelso

2002 – Ronald F. Levant & Frank Dattillio

2001 – Lenore E Walker & Michael J Lambert

2000 – Marvin R Goldfried & Linda F Campbell

1999 – Ellen McGrath

1998 – David Orlinsky

1997 – Alvin R. Mahrer

1996 – Norman Abeles & Alice K. Rubenstein

1995 – Stanley Moldawsky & Harry Sands

1994 – Rachel Hare-Mustin

1993 – Patrick H. DeLeon

1992 – Arnold A Lazarus

1991 – Donald K. Freedheim

1990 – Tommy T. Stigall

1989 – Jack G. Wiggins

1988 – Ernst G. Beier

1987 – Mathilda B. Canter

1986 – Ronald E. Fox

1985 – Stanley R. Graham

1984 – Robert A. Harper

1983 – Herbert J. Freudenberger

1982 – Arthur L. Kovacs

1981 – Carl N. Zimet

1980 – Jules Barron

1979 – Max Siegel

1978 – Jack D. Krasner

1977 – Gordon F. Derner

1976 – Nicholas A. Cummings

1975 – Sidney Jourard (Posthumous Award)

1974 – Haim Ginott (Posthumous Award)

1973 – Albert Ellis & Hans H. Strupp

1972 – Carl R. Rogers

1971 – Victor Raimy

1970 – Eugene T. Gendlin