Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Paper Award


The Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Paper Award for the best paper that addresses psychotherapist factors that may impact treatment effectiveness and outcomes, to include type of training, amount of training, professional degree or discipline of the psychotherapist, and the role of psychotherapists’ personal characteristics.

Funding Specifics

Cash prize of $500 for the winner.

Benefits of Applying

  • Cash prize of $500 for the winner.
  • Enhance your curriculum vitae and gain national recognition.
  • Certificate and check presented at the Division 29 Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
  • Abstract will be published in the Psychotherapy Bulletin, the official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

Proposal Requirements

  • Papers must be based on work conducted by the first author. The paper must be written, and award application be submitted, no more than two years post-graduate degree. Papers can be based on (but are not restricted to) a Masters thesis or a doctoral dissertation.
  • Papers should be in APA style, not to exceed 25 pages in length (including tables, figures, and references) and should not list the authors’ names or academic affiliations.
  • Please include a title page as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document so that the papers can be judged “blind.” This page can include authors’ names and academic affiliations.
  • Also include a cover letter as part of a separate attached MS-Word or PDF document. The cover letter should attest that the paper is based on work that the first author conducted while in graduate school. It should also include the first author’s mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • All applicants must be members of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Join the Society here.
  • Applicant must specify for which award he/she is applying. Applicants can submit multiple papers for awards, but an individual paper may only be submitted for a single award.
  • Papers that have been published will be considered, but submissions should be in final manuscript format (such as a word document).

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: Email materials to Carly Schwartzman, Chair, Student Development Committee. E-mail: [email protected].

Submission Deadline: April 1.


Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Paper Award

2018 Recipient: Michael Katz

Title: Adherence, Flexibility, and Outcome in Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression
Author: Michael Katz
Institution: Adelphi University

Michael Katz is a rising fourth year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. Michael began his research training with a focus on LGBTQ mental health as an MA student at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, under the supervision of Dr. Ofer Fein. His current research, under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Hilsenroth of Adelphi University, focuses on psychotherapy process and on the relationship between technique use, flexibility, and outcome within psychodynamic psychotherapy. Michael divides his time and attention between his growing second home in New York and his close family and friends in his home country, Israel.

Paper Abstract: We focused on the relationship between adherence, flexibility, and outcome in psychotherapy. We examined the relationship between global psychodynamic technique early in treatment with outcome and the impact of flexibly incorporating some limited cognitive-behavioral (CB) interventions in dynamic therapy, while utilizing multilevel modeling (MLM) to take therapist effects into account. Our sample consisted of 46 outpatients consecutively enrolled in individual psychodynamic psychotherapy who received a diagnosis of a depressive spectrum disorder. Patients were assessed pre- and posttreatment for self-reported of depressive symptoms. Psychotherapy sessions were videotaped and mean technique ratings across two early treatment sessions (3rd and 9th) were calculated based on independent observer ratings on the Comparative Psychotherapy Process Scale (CPPS). Our findings suggest that flexibly incorporating a limited amount of CB interventions early in dynamic psychotherapy for depression can amplify the unique positive relationship between adherence and outcome.

Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Paper Award

Previous Winners

2017 – Seth Pitman, "Therapeutic Technique of APA Master Therapists: Areas of Difference and Integration Across Theoretical Orientations"

2016 – Simon B. Goldberg, University of Wisconsin, “Do Psychotherapists Improve with Time and Experience?” An Analysis of Real World Outcome Data”

2014 – Harold Chui, University of Maryland, “In the Mood? Therapist Affect and Psychotherapy Process”

2013 – Lily A. Brown, University of California, Los Angeles, California, ”CBT Competence in Novice Therapists Improves Anxiety Outcomes”. Additional Authors: Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D., Daniel E. Glenn, M.A., Murray B. Stein, M.D., M.P.H., Greer Sullivan, M.D., MSPH., Cathy Sherbourne, Ph.D., Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Stacy S. Welch, Ph.D., Laura Campbell-Sills, Ph.D., Ariel Lang, Ph.D., M.P.H., Peter Roy-Byrne, M.D., Raphael D. Rose, Ph.D.

2012 – Erkki Heinonen, University of Helsinki, ”Therapists’ professional and personal characteristics as predictors of outcome in short- and long term-psychotherapy”

2011 – Laura Athey-Lloyd, MS, Long Island University, ”Interaction Structures Between a Child and Two Therapists in the Psychodynamic Treatment of a Child with Asperger’s Disorder”