As one of Michael Constantino's presidential initiatives, Division 29 launched its new Student Poster Award competition at the 2018 APA Convention. The Division awarded a $500 prize to the most meritorious poster in each of its two poster sessions.
As a first step, a committee reviewed and rated all student-authored poster abstracts that were accepted for presentation at Convention. Evaluation criteria included: quality of written abstract' novelty/importance of the research question; rigor of the research method; appropriateness of data analytic plan; and magnitude of contribution to the psychotherapy research base. Based on this initial phase, three finalists were selected for each poster session.
As a second step, the committee attended the poster sessions and evaluated the the finalists' presentations on the following criteria: quality of study execution; clearly organized layout; successful use of graphs and figures; clear and concise verbal summary; and overall professional “polish.”
The results of the 2018 competition are as follows:
Poster Session 1
Poster Session 2
Jazmin M. Gonzalez: The Development and Initial Validation of the Therapist Cultural Comfort Scale
Sang-Hee Hong: The Applicability of Client Feedback to Psychotherapy in South Korea
Amy D. Smith: The Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy: The Role of Goal Matching
Congratulations, to the winners and finalists! We look forward to this being an annual award for our Division.