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SEPI Dissertation Award

The 2018 winner of the dissertation award is Samantha L. Bernecker, Ph.D. Samantha is currently a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral program (mentor and nominator, Michael Constantino), and is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Her dissertation title is “Testing a skills training course for use in a peer-delivered mental health intervention” and focuses on the development and initial testing of a novel common factors intervention aimed at expanding the reach of  mental health intervention through peer counseling. Samantha independently devised a project to develop and test a novel intervention aimed at improving mental health, which she has termed “crowdsourcing mental health” (CMH). This included an online course that she developed for teaching members of a dyad how to “deliver” empirically supported integrative mental health interventions to each other in a peer-counseling program. Notably, Samantha received a prestigious pre-doctoral dissertation fellowship, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support this innovative work. Sam has been remarkably impressive and productive for someone at such an early stage in one’s career, and she has an extraordinary grasp of the psychotherapy literature. We have no doubt that she will continue to make a substantial impact on psychotherapy integration.

 

Marvin R. Goldfried SEPI New Researcher Award

Dr. Kramer received his Ph.D. from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), and is currently a faculty member in the department of psychiatry at the University of Lausanne Switzerland. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Windsor Canada. He was nominated by Franz Caspar. As written by one of his letter writers:  [Dr. Kramer’s] track record with regard to quality, quantity, and connection to psychotherapy integration is truly impressive. His list of publications shows him as one of the most productive integratively oriented colleagues currently contributing to our growing knowledge, also through high impact journals.Dr. Kramer’s track record with regard to quality, quantity, and connection to psychotherapy integration is truly impressive. His list of publications shows him as one of the most productive integratively oriented colleagues currently contributing to our growing knowledge, also through high impact journals.

 

The committee had no doubt that Dr. Kramer has and will continue to be an extremely original and productive contributor to psychotherapy research in general and the integrative movement in particular, and he is highly deserving of this honor.

 

Paul L. Wachtel SEPI Travel Grant

The 2018 winners are Margarita Dubourdieu & Anisha Shaw.

 

Arnkoff & Glass Award for Regional Network of the Year

The 2018 winner is Argentine RN, Beatriz Gomez. The Argentine RN has a very long list of activities and accomplishments promoting psychotherapy integration. These include lectures and workshops by prominent therapists and researchers in Argentina, in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and from other countries. They conduct a graduate training program in integrative psychotherapy in collaboration with the Ackerman Institute, New York, and the University of Valencia, in Spain. They have conducted collaborative research on The Personal Style of the Therapist, with universities in Barcelona and Valencia. Their organization also publishes the Argentine Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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