Student Diversity Paper Award

2016 Winning Paper

Title: White Psychologists and African American Historical Trauma: Implications for Practice
Author: Graham Danzer
Institution: Alliant International University

Enter the Annual Division of Psychotherapy Student Paper Competition

Annual Deadline is April 1

The Diversity Award for the best paper on issues of diversity in psychotherapy. The APA defines diversity as individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

What are the benefits to you?
  • Cash prize of $500 for the winner.
  • Enhance your curriculum vitae and gain national recognition.
  • Plaque 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.
What are the requirements?
  • Papers must be based on work conducted by the first author during his/her graduate studies. 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 Division of Psychotherapy. Join the Division at
  • 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.
Submissions should be emailed to:

Nicholas Morrison, Chair, Student Development Committee, The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy E-mail:

Download the PDF  for the Annual Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Student Paper Competition

Student Competition 2017


Previous Winners

2015 – Marilyn A. Cornish, PhD., paper completed during doctoral studies at Iowa State University, “When Religion Enters the Counseling Group: Multiculturalism, Group Processes, and Social Justice”

2014 – Jackson J. Taylor, MA, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, “From a LInear Match Equation to the Intersubjective Sphere: Negotiating Identities of the SExual Kind”

2013 – Joan DeGeorge, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, “Individual Differences in Psychotherapy Change Among Ethnic Minority Patient”. Additional Authors: Michael J. Constantino, Samuel S. Nordberg, David Kraus

2012 – Kristin Miserocchi,  ”Methodological Review of Constructs of Whiteness in the Counseling Literature”

2011 – Dana Lea B. Nelson, MS, Penn State University, “Challenging Stereotypes of Eating and Body Image Concerns Among College Students: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment of Diverse Populations”

2010 – no award given

2009 – no award given

2008 – Arien Muzacz, City College of the City University of New York, Older Adults, Sexuality and Psychotherapy: Implications for Ethnic and Sexual Minorities

2007 -Peter D Panthauer, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, “Therapy with Lesbian Couples”

2006 – Shin Shin Tang, University of Oregon

2005 – Roger Karlsson

2004 – no award given

2003 – no award given

2002 – Durriya Meer

2001 – Arieahn Matamonasa, Fielding Institute

2000 – Paula Domenia-Lake, U of Maryland, College Park

1999 – Peony Fhagen-Smith

1996  – Nnamdi Pole and Jennifer Treuting

1990 – 1st Place ($350): Marisol Munez, Florida State U. “Toward the psychological empowerment of ethnic minority clients: a competence paradigm for psychotherapy practice.”

2nd Place ($150): Gayle Y. Iwamasa, M.S., Purdue U. “Cultural psychotherapy model”