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, which recognizes contributions made through one’s mid-career to the advancement of psychotherapy research, practice, training, and theory, 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: Submission Process: All items must be sent electronically in one PDF document. Submit applications to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee, Dr. Jeffrey Younggren, at [email protected]. Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: January 31 (midnight).


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

2019 Recipient (scholarship category): John Pachankis

Dr. John Pachankis is an Associate Professor of Public Health with tenure at Yale and the Director of the Esteem Research Group in New York City. His research seeks to bring evidence-based mental health interventions to LGBTQ people in the US and around the world. With NIH funding, including three current R01s, he examines the efficacy of LGBTQ-affirmative interventions delivered via novel technologies (e.g., smartphones), in diverse settings (e.g., Eastern Europe, Appalachia), and with diverse segments of the LGBTQ community (e.g., rural youth, queer women). He has published over 100 scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma. This work appears in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, AIDS, and Health Psychology. He has also recently co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press. His research has had national and international scholarly, legal, and popular impact, having been referenced in national professional guidelines for LGBTQ mental health practice, cited in numerous amici curiae briefs before U.S. state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and featured in national and international media outlets. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2008 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his clinical psychology internship at Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital.

2019 Recipient (practice category): Bradley Brenner

Brad Brenner, Ph.D. has built a multi-city private practice with offices in Washington, DC and New York City to provide psychotherapy that emphasizes the ideals of Counseling Psychology. This emphasis includes reinforcing the mutuality of science and practice, an overarching orientation towards growth and strength, LGBTQA+ and multicultural competence, and ensuring that the next generation of practicing psychologists is well equipped with the skills and technology needed to broaden therapy’s reach. Recognizing that high-quality and accessible psychotherapy is best supported through intensive, thoughtful training Dr. Brenner established two training programs. One is a postdoctoral fellowship and the second is the Capital Therapy Project, a community-based psychotherapy training institute providing lower fee individual therapy and career counseling staffed by predoctoral externs.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Brenner was named the recipient of the 2013 John D. Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology by the Society for Counseling Psychology. He was given a presidential citation in 2016 from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy for his efforts as the Society's Internet Editor.

Dr. Brenner completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. At the University of Cambridge, he completed an M.Phil. in Social and Developmental Psychology. He completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. His biography would not be complete without an acknowledgment of the instrumental role of family, teachers, professors, colleagues, and dear friends who lent their support, fueled his dreams, and challenged him along the way to his version of academic and professional success and fulfillment.

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