Student Excellence in Practice Award


The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is accepting nominations for the Student Excellence in Practice Award. In keeping with The Society’s mission of 1) advancing the practice of psychotherapy and 2) supporting the development of graduate student trainees, The Society is pleased to offer this award to recognize the achievements of its student members in the area of clinical practice. The award will be presented to the candidate who best demonstrates commitment to the practice of psychotherapy and exemplary achievement in clinical work.

Funding Specifics

The winner will be awarded a prize of $500 to be presented at the annual APA convention. The winner of the award will be featured in the Psychotherapy Bulletin, and will be asked to write a brief piece for the Psychotherapy Bulletin in which they reflect upon their clinical experiences thus far.

Eligibility Requirements

Any graduate student member of The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (including students on internship) is eligible to be nominated or self-nominate for this award. Students interested in joining The Society can do so at this website:

Nomination Requirements

Students may be nominated by another individual or may self-nominate.

The application materials are as follows:

  • The Student Excellent in Practice Award Nomination Cover Sheet
  • A current and abbreviated (2-page maximum) curriculum vitae focused on clinical experiences.
  • A biographical statement summarizing the student’s clinical experience and how that student has demonstrated excellence in the practice of psychotherapy (500 words maximum). Illustrative examples are outlined below.
  • A letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor that highlights how the student has demonstrated excellence in the practice of psychotherapy. Illustrative examples are outlined below.

Examples of clinical excellence (not exhaustive) are as follows:

  • Student demonstrated innovation in service delivery by implementing programmatic use of a routine outcomes monitoring measure at their practicum site.
  • Student crafted and delivered a psychoeducational workshop, presentation, or other talk to members of their broader community.
  • Student developed and executed a novel or creative group psychotherapy program to meet a community need.
  • Student facilitated an outreach program dedicated to increasing psychotherapy participation among members of minority and/or underrepresented groups.
  • Student participated as a representative or ambassador for mental health as a member of a campus committee tasked with addressing the needs of undergraduate students.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: Email materials to Krizia Wearing, Chair, Student Development Committee. E-mail:

Submission Deadline: April 1.


Student Excellence in Practice Award

2022 Recipient: Zoe Ross-Nash, PsyD

Dr. Zoe Ross-Nash (she/her) earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and completed an APA accredited internship at the University of California, Davis in the Eating Disorder Emphasis. Ross-Nash won the Division 29 Student Excellence in Clinical Practice Award in 2022 and is the Editor for Website Content for the division. Zoe’s clinical interests include trauma, eating disorders, wellness, mentorship, and advocacy. She is originally from Allendale, New Jersey and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Service Studies and Dance from Elon University. In her spare time, Zoe likes to practice yoga and ballet, read and write poetry, and try new restaurants with her loved ones.

Student Excellence in Practice Award

Previous Winners


2020- Shawntell N. Pace

2019- Matteo Bugatti

2018 – Mariafé Panizo Jansana