Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award


The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is accepting nominations for the Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award. In keeping with The Society's mission of 1) advancing the teaching 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 teaching/mentorship. The award will be presented to the candidate who best demonstrates commitment to teaching and mentorship in the context of psychotherapy and related fields.

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 teaching/mentorship 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 Excellence in Teaching:Mentorship Award Nomination Cover Sheet
  • A current and abbreviated (2-page maximum) curriculum vitae focused on teaching/mentorship experiences
  • A biographical statement summarizing the student’s teaching/mentorship experience and how that student has demonstrated excellence in these domains (500 words maximum). Illustrative examples are outlined below.
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can speak to the nominee’s teaching/mentorship experience that highlights how the student has demonstrated excellence in these domains. Illustrative examples are outlined below.

Examples of teaching/mentorship excellence (not exhaustive) are as follows:

  • Student has gone above and beyond their duties and responsibilities as a student supervisor of junior clinicians.
  • Student has received outstanding evaluations of their teaching of a course, especially those related to psychotherapy, abnormal psychology, or a related field.
  • Student has developed a novel course or approach to the teaching of psychotherapy-related material.
  • Student has made a lasting impact by mentoring undergraduate teaching or research assistants.
  • Student has mentored other members of their community, such as lab/clinic volunteers or high school students.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: Email materials to Carly Schwartzman, Chair, Student Development Committee. E-mail: [email protected].

Submission Deadline: April 1.

Student Excellence in Teaching-Mentorship Award

2019 Recipient: Ki Eun Shin

Ki Eun (Kay) Shin is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Newman. Her research interests focus on understanding emotional and interpersonal processes and treatment mechanisms in anxiety disorders. Kay has a strong interest in utilizing diverse research methods (e.g., experimental, archival, and ecological momentary assessment) in answering her research questions. Her past projects included examining interpersonal specificity between generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, and depression, differentiating between GAD and panic disorder on developmental etiological factors, and identifying daily emotional experiences that mediate long-term maintenance and comorbidity in depression and GAD. Kay also tested a novel way to enhance outcomes of exposure, using retrieval cues, and used time-series analytic methods (time-varying effect modeling) to elucidate treatment process in GAD. For her dissertation, Kay is using ecological momentary assessment and network analysis to examine comorbidity between GAD and depression at the level of daily symptoms. Starting in September, 2019, Kay will join the psychology department at SUNY Upstate Medical University for her clinical internship.

Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award

Previous Winners

2018 – Alice Coyne