Early Career Practitioner Award


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Early Career Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy, which recognize contributions made through one’s early career to the advancement of psychotherapy practice 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 within 10 years of receipt of post-graduate degree
  • Nominees must be engaged in psychotherapy practice at least 75% of their time. (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 themselves that (a) indicates the award category to which the nomination applies, and (b) outlines the nominee’s relevant contributions through early career. It should be clear how the nominees’ early career (up to 10 years post-doctorate) contributions 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)


Early Career Practitioner Award

2022 Recipient: Leigh Ann Carter

Dr. Leigh Ann Carter earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She currently maintains a private practice in Media, Pennsylvania where she specializes in treating both psychotherapists and trainees, and emerging adults. She previously worked as a staff psychologist and supervisor in university counseling centers, and has additional experience in community mental health, employee assistance, and integrated primary care settings. She is the co-author of Self-Care for Clinicians in Training: A Guide to Psychological Wellness for Graduate Students in Psychology


Early Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2021- No award given

2020 - Sheena Demery