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International SPR student award for Students
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The awards are oriented to master students, doctoral students, and post docs, from all countries of the world. This award is specially targeted to students without institutional funding to attend the SPR meeting. (These awards are independent from SPR chapter awards).

To be eligible, the student must be:

  1. The first author on a paper or poster,
  2. A student (according to SPR membership status) at the time of the conference,
  3. In good standing with SPR (i.e., SPR membership is current) and
  4. Not receiving institutional financial support for attending the SPR Meeting.

Six awards of $1000 each will be presented during the 2017 SPR conference.


Awards will be presented during the 2018 SPR conference, upon verification of paid registration.

Applicants must demonstrate economic need & professional promise. They must also present an accepted paper or poster of interest in the Meeting and a letter of recommendation by the student´s mentor.

An award committee -with representation from all SPR chapters- will be established by the Executive Council of SPR to review applications.


All applications should be sent to with “International student travel award” in the subject heading.


Application deadline has been extended to January 15th, 2018.


Award Committee



The Awards Committee will evaluate each proposal along the following criteria:

a) Importance or significance of the topic to the field
b) Originality of the idea
c) Clarity and quality of the methodology.
d) Impact of the results and potential clinical application

Outcome Criteria: Presentation, as first author, of a paper in panel, brief paper
Mentor: The students mentor sends a letter of recommendation during application.


Successful applicants will be notified in March 2018.


Award Winners 2017


Award Winners 2016


Nicholas Suarez, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chili
Latin America Chapter
Structured Discussion: Depression and Culture.

Mengfei Xu, Beijing Normal University
Poster presentation: Emotional Experiences of Novice Counselors in Analogue Counseling

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, Access Institute San Francisco
North America Chapter
Paper presentation: Title: Client Affective Processes within Initial Experiential Dynamic Therapy Sessions.


Award Winners 2015

1st Place

Juan Martin Gomez Penedo*
University or research center Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina

SPR Latin American
Interpersonal Problems,Therapist Technique and Early Outcome in Cognitive-Integrative Psychotherapy

*This student already received the international student award last year, since there is no mention to this type of situation in the rules of the award, his application was accepted.


2nd Place

Paulina Gertrudis Wyss
University or research center UADE, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SPR Latin America
Assessment of Outcomes in Psychotherapy and Common Factors: Application of the adapted version of the Remoralization Scale (Vissers et al, 2010) to assess the discriminant validity between general and clinical population, and to evaluate change in treatment outcomes.

3rd Place

Cibele Carvalho
University or research center Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS, Brazil
SPR Latin America
Changes assessment in child psychoanalytic psychotherapy


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