Apa Dissertation Award 2011

Division 56 gives seven awards annually for meritorious contributions to the field of trauma psychology. The Division also awards Fellow status to those members who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to trauma psychology. We encourage you to visit our Fellows' websites listed below to learn more about their work.

To nominate a colleague for one of these awards please submit electronically a copy of the nominee's CV with a nominating letter describing the candidate's suitability to the Awards Chair. Nominations are due by April 15th. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes distinguished contributions to psychological practice. It may be given for the development of a highly effective intervention, for contributions to practice theory, or for a sustained body of work in the field of trauma psychology practice.

  • 2017 Tyson D. Bailey
  • 2016 Ani Kalayjian
  • 2015 Marylene Cloitre
  • 2014 None
  • 2013 Allan N. Schore
  • 2012 Mary R. Harvey
  • 2011 Lenore E. A. Walker
  • 2010 Barbara Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede, Greg M.Reger and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
  • 2009 Francine Shapiro
  • 2008 Laurie A. Pearlman and Karen W. Saakvitne
  • 2007 Christine Courtois

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes distinguished contributions to scientific research. It may be given in recognition of a particular discovery or for a sustained body of research and scholarship.

  • 2017 Sherry Hamby and Bryan Marx
  • 2016 Tery Keane
  • 2014 Fran Norris
  • 2013 Daniel and Lynda King
  • 2012 Bonnie L. Green
  • 2011 Jennifer J. Freyd
  • 2010 John Briere
  • 2009 Jennifer Vasterling
  • 2008 Paula P. Schnurr
  • 2007 Dean Kilpatrick

Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes sustained contributions of leadership in the field of trauma psychology.

  • 2017 Sylvia Marotta-Walters
  • 2016 Kathleen Kendal-Tackett
  • 2015 Joan Cook
  • 2014 Steve Gold
  • 2013 Terence M. Keane
  • 2012 Kristy Straits-Troster
  • 2011 Roxane Cohen Silver
  • 2010 Judith Armstrong
  • 2009 Farris K. Tuma
  • 2008 Sandra G. Wartski
  • 2007 Judith Alpert

Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes a senior distinguished psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to science, practice, advocacy, and/or education/training over the course of his/her career. These contributions would be at such a level that they have advanced the field of trauma psychology.

  • 2017 Gail E. Wyatt
  • 2016 Constance Dalenberg
  • 2015 Laura S. Brown
  • 2014 Stevan Hobfoll
  • 2013 Patricia A. Resick
  • 2012 Yael Danieli
  • 2011 Judith Lewis Herman
  • 2010 Edna Foa
  • 2009 Charles Figley

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist

This award recognizes psychologists in the early stages of their careers who have shown outstanding achievement or who have made outstanding contributions to the study of psychological trauma. Nominees' contributions may be in the areas of clinical practice/research and writing or basic/applied empirical research. Nominees should have earned their degree no more than seven years prior to the year in which they are nominated.

  • 2017 Glenna Stumblingbear-Riddle
  • 2016 Brian Hall
  • 2014 Erika J. Wolf
  • 2013 Paul Frewen
  • 2012 Lisa DeMarni Cromer
  • 2011 Judith Pizarro Andersen

Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation defenddc in the prior academic year on a topic in the field of trauma psychology. Quantitative qualitative and theoretical dissertations are all welcome.

To nominate a dissertation please send a copy of the candidate's CV, a copy of the dissertation, abstract, and a copy of a manuscript or publication derived from the dissertation to the Awards Chair. Nominations are due by May 15th.

  • 2017 Jennifer M. Gomez
  • 2016 Sarah Campbell
  • 2015 Elizabeth Verbeck
  • 2014 Darryl Etter
  • 2013 Courtney Welton-Mitchell
  • 2012 Kelly Young-Wolff
  • 2011 Denise H. Sandole
  • 2010 Erica Wolf
  • 2009 Michael Baratta
  • 2008 Meredith E. Charney
  • 2008 Carolyn Allard

Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes the creators of media presentations for lay audiences that educate the public in a scientifically sound manner about the psychology of trauma.Any kind of work available in any form is eligible (e.g., written word, film, video, web, graphics). Fiction and non-fiction representations are equally welcome. Nominations should include the names of the creator(s) of the work being nominated, as well as either a sample of the work being nominated, or a web address for the nominated work, or both.

  • 2017 Thema Bryant-Davis
  • 2016 Gerald Young
  • 2014 Julia Hoffman
  • 2013 Jessica L. Hamblen - AboutFace, Alex Kotlowitz - This American Life
  • 2012 Sonja V. Batten - Department of Veteran's Affairs Make the Connection Team
  • 2010 Garry Trudeau - Doonesbury, Nicholas Kristof and Sheyl WuDunn - Half the Sky

Early Career Awards for Ethnic Minority Psychologists in Trauma Psychology

This award recognizes those ethnic/racial minority psychologists who have made outstanding contributions in the study and practice of trauma psychology within seven years of graduating from doctoral programs. Nominees' contributions may be in the areas of clinical/practice, research/writing, basic/applied research, or other professional contributions (e.g., governance/leadership) and are more heavily weighted toward nominees who have made contributions in traumas affecting or are associated with ethnic minority status/issues.

  • 2017 Guler Boyraz
  • 2016 Jack Tsai
  • 2014 Betty S. Lai
  • 2013 Christine L. Chee

Presidential Award

This award is given at the discretion of the President to an individual who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the Division of Trauma Psychology.

  • 2017 George Rhoades and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • 2016 Shaka Senghor
  • 2015 Nnamdi Pole
  • 2014 None
  • 2013 Frank Putnam
  • 2012 Lynn Brem - Division 56 Website


Fellow status in APA is awarded in recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field of psychology. Such contributions may be to science, practice, policy, or leadership. Fellow status in Division 56 is awarded to members of the Division who have made this kind of valuable contribution to the field of trauma psychology.

Persons seeking initial Fellow status in APA through Division 56 should contact the Fellows Chair for detailed instructions as to the process. Members of Division 56 who are already Fellows of APA should contact the Fellows Chair for instructions about becoming a Fellow of the Division.

Current Fellows of the Division who have their own websites are strongly encouraged to send the url to the Web Editor so that we may include that information in the list of Division Fellows below.

Recent Fellows

All Division 56 Fellows


  • Etiology, promotion and maintenance of health;
  • Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical illness;
  • Psychological, social, emotional and behavioral factors in physical illness;
  • Child health psychology;
  • Health care systems and health policy



Health disparities are defined as “differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population group” (National Institutes of Health). In particular, the award for health disparities research is intended to support research focusing on various health conditions that are more prevalent, serious, or specific to disadvantaged and medically underserved groups, or on healthcare inequities relevant to these groups, specifically, ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas.



Proposals will be reviewed on an annual basis and must be received by January 15 in each year, with notification of award made in March.



The award competition is open to full-time students enrolled in any degree conferring-graduate program in psychology. The program is not required to be a Health Psychology program. To be eligible to receive the award, students must be current members of the Society of Health Psychology. Research awards are typically used to fund students’ thesis or dissertation research, but this is not a requirement of the support mechanism. Students may submit only per year.


Previous Winners

2017 Graduate Student Research Awards:

  • Chloe Boyle, MS, (University of California, Los Angeles), for “Stress, Inflammation and Reward Processing: Implications for Major Depressive Disorder”
  • Casey Gardiner, MA, (University of Colorado, Boulder), for “Mechanisms of Dietary Behavior Change: Incentives, Motivation, and Weight Status”
  • Kristie Harris MS, (Ohio State University), for “Insomnia, Cognitive Impairment, and Decision-Making Among Patients with Heart Failure: A Randomized Study of Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia”
  • Amy Noser, MS, (University of Kansas), for “Physical Activity and Glycemic Variability in Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes”
  • Sarah Stromberg, MS, (University of Florida), for “The Impact of Pre-Surgical Dietary and Psychosocial Factors on Post-Surgical Diet in a Population of Bariatric Surgery Patients”

2016 Graduate Student Research Awards:

  • Michael Bernstein, MA, (University of Rhode Island), for  “A Text Message Intervention for Reducing 21st Birthday Alcohol Involvement”
  • Lacey Clement, MA,  (University of Colorado, Denver), for “Death Anxiety and Meaning in Life as Predictors of Medical Decision Making in Patients with Heart Failure”
  • Helen Murray, (Drexel University), for“Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Decision-Making and Reward Sensitivity: Impact on Dietary Consumption and Weight”
  • Courtney Stevens, MA, (University of Colorado, Boulder), for “Get ACTive! A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention to Promote Exercise Adoption and Maintenance”
  • Ashley Whillans, MA, (University of British Columbia), for “From Misperception to Social Connection: Fostering Friendships and Health among First Year University Students”

2016 Travel Awards for Outstanding SfHP Poster Presentations:

  • Shuchang Kang, (University of Florida), for “A Culturally Sensitive Church-Based Health Promotion Intervention for African Americans”
  • Melissa A. Kwitowski, (Virginia Commonwealth University), for “Stakeholders’ Perspectives on School Food Policies in a Title-I Elementary School”
  • Anna G. Larson, (University of Wisconsin, Madison), for “Mindfulness Facilitates Psychological and Physical Functioning After Stem Cell Transplantation”
  • Tyler C. McDaniel, (University of South Carolina), for “Gene-Environment Interaction Predicts BMI in Underserved African American Adults”
  • Kyle A. Schofield, (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH), for “Emotional Adjustment to Congenital Heart Disease: The Role of Perceived Health Competence”
  • Jaime L. Williams, (University of Florida), for “Impact of a Health-Promotion Program on Employees’ Motivators of and Barriers to Healthy Behaviors”

2015 Graduate Student Awards: 

  • Laura A. Cousins, MA, Georgia State University
  • Nicole A. Hollingshead, MS, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • KayLoni L. Olson, MA, Ohio State University
  • Megan E. Sutter, MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jennalee S. Wooldridge, MA, University of Colorado, Denver

2015 Travel Awards for Outstanding Division 38 Student Posters:

  • Matthew Clyde, MS, for “Smoking Cessation Self-Efficacy and Symptoms of Withdrawal in Individuals”
  • Krystal S. Frieson, EdS, for “MACARTI: Psychological Predictors of HIV Medical Adherence and Viral Load Suppression”
  • Liz Midence, MS, for “Psychosocial Outcomes among Women referred to different Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Models”
  • Chung Jung Mun, MA, for “Influence of Adolescent Weight Concern Trajectories on Symptoms of Eating Disorders and Weight Gain”
  • Guillermo M Wippold, MS, for “Health Self-Empowerment Theory: A Predictor of Health Behaviors among Overweight Hispanic Adults”

2015 Early Career Professionals Awards for Outstanding Division 38 Presentations:

  • Gregory Privitera, PhD, for “Emolabeling Increases Healthy Food Choice With Grade School Children in a Grocery Aisle Setting”
  • Ryan A. McKelley, PhD, for “Placebo Study on the Efficacy of Heart-Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback on Acute Stress”

2014 Graduate Student Awards:

  • Jiabin Shen (University of Alabama in Birmingham), for “A Randomized Trial Evaluating Child Dog-Bite Prevention in Rural China through Video-Based Testimonials”
  • Kimberly Bowen (University of Utah), for “Testing a Mediational Model of Culture, Social Support, and Health”
  • Michelle Zaso (Syracuse University), for “Interaction Effects between the DRD4 VNTR and Heavy-Drinking Peers on Alcohol Consumption”
  • Jennifer Pellowski (University of Connecticut), for “Patient Self-Advocacy and Low Health Literacy among People Living with HIV”
  • Jessica Chiang (University of California, Los Angeles), for “Early Family Stress and Inflammation: Underlying Biological and Psychosocial Mechanism”

2013 Graduate Student Awards:

  • Amitha Gumidyala (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science), for “Understanding Factors that Influence Transition Readiness of Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Socioecological Approach”
  • Caitlin Murray (Loyola University Chicago), for “Sleep-wake Disturbances and Psychological Health in Youth with Spina Bifida”
  • Lauren Greenberg (Drexel University), for “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy to Enhanced Treatment-as-Usual for Reducing High Blood Pressure”
  • Jennifer Boylan (The University of Wisconsin Madison), for “Psychosocial Moderators and Neurobiological Mediators of Inequalities in Health”
  • Anjali Rameshbabu (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), for ” Self-regulation of Saturated Fat Intake in Blue-collar Employees: The Saturated Fats Study”

2012 Graduate Student Awards: 

  • Laramie Gress-Smith (University of Connecticut), for “A Theory-Based Approach to Strengthening Retention in HIV Care in the Inner City”
  • Sandra Coulon (University of South Carolina), for “Social-Environmental, Physiologic, and Genetic Determinants of Blood Pressure in Underserved African Americans”
  • Erin Rabideau (Ohio University), for “Direct and indirect effects of performance-related feedback on cortisol levels”
  • Emily Zale (Texas A&M University), for “The Effects of Smoking Abstinence on Pain Reactivity: A Human Experimental Study”
  • Akhila Sravish (University of Massachusetts), for “Cardiac and Affective Activation: Exploring Bio-Behavioral Stress Markers in Infant-Mother Dyads following a Social Stressor”

2011 Graduate Student Awards:

  • Jenny Cundiff (University of Utah), for “Relative Social Status, Interpersonal Dominance, and Cardiovascular Reactivity”
  • Jenna Gress-Smith (Arizona State University), for “Resilient Profiles and Postpartum Depression in Low-Income Mexican American Women”
  • Liisa Hantsoo (The Ohio State University), for “Genetic Variants and Dietary Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake: Associations with Negative Affect”
  • Suman Lam (University of California, Irvine), for “Chronic Stress and Emotion Regulation: Effects on the Cortisol Awakening Response”
  • Sara Mijares St. George (University of South Carolina), for “Examining Parent-Adolescent Health Behaviors in a Family-based Intervention for Improving Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Diet”

2010 Graduate Student Awards:

  • Shiquina L. Andrews (University of Alabama at Birmingham), for “The Effects of Spiritually Integrated Therapy on Psychological Distress in Infertile Women”
  • Matthew R. Cribbet (University of Utah), for “An Examination of Marital Quality and Insomnia: A Daily Diary and Ambulatory Physiology Monitoring Approach”
  • Jessie D. Heath (Syracuse University),  for “Health Disparities Examining the Impact of Provider Stigmatization on the Care of HIV+ Patients: Effects to Engagement in Care, Comfort, and Perceptions of Healthcare Providers”
  • Meghan E. McGrady (University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center), for “Illness Representations and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes”
  • Shu-wen Wang (University of California, Los Angeles), for “Stress Responses to Social Support in Asian American and European American Students: Implications for Health and Wellbeing”

2009 Graduate Student Awards:

  • Andrea R. Croom (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center), for “Grandparent Involvement in Families of Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes”
  • Ann Marie Hernandez (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), for “Illness Representations of Breast Cancer among Hispanics”
  • Sarah Linke (SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology), for “Walk Away from the Habit: Overcoming Nicotine Dependence through Exercise”
  • Natalie Stevens (University of Kansas), for “Measuring Perceived Control and Satisfaction with the Childbirth Experience”
  • Victoria Willard (Duke University), for “Deficits in Social Functioning in Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors”

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