Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Research Grant for Pre-doctoral Candidates


The Diversity Research Grant for pre-doctoral candidates was established to foster the promotion of diversity within the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) and within the profession of psychotherapy.

The Society may award annually two $2,000 Diversity Research Grants to pre-doctoral candidates (enrolled in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program) who are currently conducting dissertation research that promotes diversity, as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA).  According to the APA, diversity is defined 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.

The Diversity Research Grant is expected to be used to support the completion of a pre-doctoral candidate’s dissertation work. The grant may be used to fund:

  • supplies used to conduct the research;
  • training needed for completion of the research; and/or
  • travel to present the research (such as at a professional conference).

The applicant must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.  The recipient of the grant will be expected to present his or her research results in a scholarly forum (e.g., presentation at an APA Annual Convention, the Society’s journal, Psychotherapy, or other refereed professional journal) or Psychotherapy Bulletin.

Two annual grants of $2,000 will be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to his or her university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities.  All grant recipients will be required to complete an IRS form W-9 before funds are issued.


  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing how the applicant’s work embodies the Division’s interest in promoting diversity in the profession of psychotherapy and how the funding will be used to support the applicant’s dissertation work;
  • A 1-page document outlining a detailed budget;
  • A 5-10 page research proposal (alternatively, a Dissertation Proposal may be submitted, regardless of length);
  • 1 letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current direct supervisor or advisor; and
  • 1 letter from the applicant’s dissertation advisor or director of clinical training certifying that the applicant is currently in the process of completing research for the dissertation. 


  • Consistency with the Diversity Research Grant’s stated purposes;
  • Clarity of the written proposal;
  • Scientific quality and feasibility of the proposed research project;
  • Budgetary needs for data collection and completion and presentation of the project;
  • Potential for new and valuable contributions to the field of psychotherapy; and
  • Potential for final publication or likelihood of furthering successful research in topic area.
  • Awardee must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29)


  • All materials must be submitted electronically at the same time
  • All applicants must complete the grant application form, in MSWord or other text format
  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
  • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office,
  • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received; please resubmit.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2023.  Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.

Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Domain: Susan Woodhouse PhD ( and/or Sheeva Mostoufi, PhD (


  • After the project is complete, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned.
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged.

All individuals who directly receive funds from the division will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st).

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Research Grant for Pre-Doctoral Candidates

2019 Recipient: Brian TaeHyuk Keum

My name is Brian TaeHyuk Keum and I am a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park. I am currently completing my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maryland’s Counseling Center. I am a scientist-practitioner-advocate with one overarching goal: make mental health services more accessible, relevant, and effective for diverse individuals in today’s society, particularly for historically marginalized groups who have been understudied and underserved in psychotherapy. To contribute to this goal, I have been developing research in the following interrelated areas: (a) development of awareness and advocacy on contemporary violence and marginalization, such as online racism, and gendered racism, (b) therapist training in multicultural competence and advocacy work, and (c) multicultural measure evaluation/development. Upon completing my Ph.D., I hope to continue working towards this goal through a career in academia.

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Research Grant for Pre-Doctoral Candidates

Previous Recipients

2018- Shondolyn Sanders & Joey Sergi

2016 – Nour Mahmoud Abdelghani

2013 – J. Alexis Ortiz

2105 – Jay Bettergarcia