Social Justice and Public Interest/Public Policy Award for Early Career Professionals


The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its 2020 Social Justice and Public Interest/ Public Policy Award, which honors an Early Career Psychologist member of the Society who has made a significant contribution to social justice through psychotherapy research; or development and implementation of an applied psychotherapy community project that promotes social justice and/or public interest/policy. ECPs who have been instrumental in helping to increase awareness or assisting in the passage of legislative and institutional changes that may impact the profession are also eligible for consideration.


The awardee will receive a cash honorarium of $500 and up to $500 reimbursement for qualified expenses to attend the Society’s Awards Ceremony held at the APA Convention in Washington, DC, August 2020.


Nominees must demonstrate a sustained commitment to psychotherapy practice or research, community involvement and diversity, as well as evidence of achieving change that supports the disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged or oppressed groups. All nominees must be members of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).


Both self-nominations and nominations of others will be considered. The nomination packet should include:

  • A letter of nomination (written by either the nominee or the nominator) describing the individual’s impact, role, and activities as a change agent in social justice/public policy/public interest through psychotherapy research or community projects or legislative and institutional changes;
  • A curriculum vitae of the nominee; and,
  • Three letters of reference for the nominee, written by colleagues, community members/stakeholders connected to the social justice work of the individual being nominated, and/or students/former students. Letters of reference for the award should describe the ways in which the nominee meets the criteria for the Social Justice & Public Interest/Public Policy Award criteria. Letters of reference may include, but are not limited to, discussion of the following behaviors: leadership in implementing new pathways for delivering services to the underserved, historically marginalized, and oppressed populations; contributions to the field via publications and scholarship relevant to social justice and public policy; contributions to the field of social justice and public policy via workshops, activism, and engagement in state, local and national psychological associations; evidence that the nominee’s commitment to social justice provides a larger impact on psychotherapy practice, research and scholarship in the field.


All material must be sent electronically in one PDF document to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee, Dr. Jeffrey Younggren at [email protected]
Deadline is January 31, 2020