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Marvin R. Goldfried SEPI New Researcher Award

SEPI members who are (a) researchers with 10 or fewer years post-terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD) and (b) are not currently members of the SEPI research committee are eligible.  Early career researchers who are more than 10 years post-training but have taken time off within their first 10 years (e.g., parental leave) will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.  This $1,000 monetary award will be based on a body of work that is impressive with regard to quality, quantity, and connection to psychotherapy integration.  At least one relevant empirical paper that is in press or has been published within the last 2 years must be submitted as part of the nomination. This award can be used as the awardee decides, although it is encouraged that it be used for SEPI conference attendance. Candidates must be nominated by a SEPI member and cannot nominate themselves. Awardees will summarize their work at a SEPI conference.

SEPI’s Research Committee will choose recipients for both awards. Awardees will receive their awards at the annual SEPI Conference (2021).


The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2020.

Electronic submissions are required.  Please include the following in your submission:

  1. Nomination form [download here
  2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae
  3. For the dissertation award, a copy of the dissertation proposal.  For the new researcher award, a copy of an in press or published empirical paper.
  4. At least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a SEPI member

Submit to

Dr. Ioana Podina


Previous Winners:



Sigal Zilcha-Mano Ph.D.


Sigal Zilcha-Mano is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa. Sigal is currently engaged in the study of mechanisms in psychotherapy and of the interplay between interpersonal factors and processes of change, especially in the treatment of depression.  She is most interested in separating the trait-like patient interpersonal characteristics (which can therefore serve in determining which type of treatment is best suited for which patient) from those patient interpersonal characteristics that change across treatment and drive change in psychotherapy. In particular, she is interested in understanding how both components contribute to the process and outcome of treatment.



David Kealy, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry (Psychotherapy Program) at University of British Columbia









Ueli Kramer, Ph.D.


Psychotherapy researcher and clinical psychotherapist at the the University Hospital of Lausanne, CHUV, Switzerland and adjunct professor at the University of Windsor




 Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.


Chestnut Hill College, USA








 James Boswell, Ph.D.                                                    

James Boswell, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Psychology University at Albany State University of New York, USA







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