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

2023 Recipient: Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH

Dr. Danny Wedding retired from the American University of Antigua, a Caribbean medical school, where he was Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science & Neuroscience.   He previously served four years as the Associate Dean for Management and International Programs with the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University.  Although based at the San Francisco campus, he was responsible for psychology training programs in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mexico City. Danny has also worked in a variety of roles or the American University of the Caribbean in Sint Maarten.

Danny spent two decades teaching for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH).  He has also served on the faculty of three other medical schools:  East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, and the American University of the Caribbean (Sint Maarten).   Danny is a retired Captain in the U. S. Navy Reserves, and he spent two years working for the U.S. Congress.

Danny has published a dozen books; his books include the 11th edition of Current Psychotherapies and the 5th edition of Movies and Mental Illness.  He recently published the 6th edition Behavior and Medicine, a widely used medical school textbook.  He was the longtime editor of PsycCRITIQUES, APA’s weekly journal of book and film reviews, and he edits the Society of Clinical Psychology book series titled Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence Based Practice.

Danny is now retired, but he still enjoys consultation, travel, lecturing, writing and editing.  He is married and the father of two sons.

Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy

Previous Recipients

2022- Dennis Martin Kivlighan, Jr., PhD

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