Mid-Career Practitioner Award


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Mid-Career Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy, which recognize contributions made through one’s mid-career to the advancement of psychotherapy practice, training, research and theory, 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 no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years 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 their career. It should be clear how the nominees’ mid-career contributions (between 10- and 20-years post-doctorate) 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)


Mid-Career Practitioner Award

2023 Recipient: Matt Hersh, PhD

Dr. Matt Hersh is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the Boston area. He is a diplomate of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, and a YogaBody Certified BreathWork coach. Matt integrates mindfulness, self-compassion, values work, and Energy Psychology into his psychotherapy practice for teens and adults. For the past decade, he has also been a Harvard University-based consulting mindfulness teacher, facilitating classes within the Kennedy School of Government, Medical School, and the undergraduate and graduate populations. Matt is the founder of The Thriving Therapist, an online resource for mental health practitioners’ self-care support and burnout prevention. From this platform, he has created courses and given talks on self-care to both practicing clinicians and clinical psychology trainees. Matt is the author of a recently published book, The Thriving Therapist, that aims to promote sustainable self-care for psychotherapists.

Mid-Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2022- No award given

2021- Michele Ribeiro