Mid-Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Mid-Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy Scholarship, which recognizes a Society member’s contributions made through one’s mid-career to the advancement of psychotherapy theory and research, as well as to the Society. 

Funding Specifics

The awardee will receive a cash honorarium of $500 and up to $500 reimbursement for qualified expenses to attend the Society’s Awards Ceremony to be held at the annual APA Convention.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees should be no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years post-doctoral degree. All nominees must be members of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).

Nomination Requirements

  1. A nomination letter written by a colleague (self-nominations not acceptable) that outlines the nominee’s relevant contributions through mid-career. It should be clear how the nominee’s contributions built on their early achievements to make a significant impact during the mid-career period of 10-20 years post-doctorate
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.

Submission Process & Deadline

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)


Mid-Career Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy

2023 Recipient James F. Boswell, PhD



James F. Boswell, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Graduate Program Director at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is also an associate of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Boswell has received the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Foundation/American Psychological Association (APA) Division 29, the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Dissertation and Marvin R. Goldfried New Researcher Awards from the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and a Rising Star designation from the Association for Psychological Science. He is also a Fellow of the APA and serves as President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Boswell has published extensively in the areas of psychotherapy process and outcome, measurement-based care, and practice-oriented research. His work has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and APA. In addition, he served as a technical expert panelist on the government-sponsored white paper prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation on Strategies for Measuring the Quality of Psychotherapy. Dr. Boswell is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy Research, Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Cogent Mental Health, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Mid-Career Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy

Previous Recipients

2022- No award given

2021- No award given

2020- Michael Constantino

2019: John Pachankis (scholarship category) & Bradley Brenner (practice category)