Early Career Psychologist Advocacy Award

This award honors early career psychologists whose advocacy efforts have had a positive impact on policy, law, public reform, communities, and/or institutional change. Awards will be given to early career psychologists that have demonstrated outstanding contributions to advocacy and have obtained board certification in Clinical Psychology within the past year. Advocacy efforts may be demonstrated through the development of strategic alliances for the purpose of effecting change, organizing diverse affiliates (including institutions and agencies) for the purpose of a common cause, development and implementation of action plans for targeted change or progress toward a social, political, economic, or cultural goal, and evaluation of the effectiveness of advocacy efforts.

Award recipients will receive $1,000 to offset the cost of board certification and to honor their contributions to advocacy.


  • Board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
  • Nominees must have obtained their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years.
  • Nominees must have obtained board certification in Clinical Psychology within the past year.

Nomination Process:

  • Nominees provide their current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing their advocacy efforts and reasons for obtaining board certification, and a letter of nomination by a person familiar with the nominees’ advocacy efforts.
  • All nominations will be due by April 1st.
  • ABCP President will appoint an Awards Committee to review nominees.
  • The Awards Committee will recommend nominees to be selected by the ABCP Board of Directors.
  • Up to two awardees will be selected per year.

ABCP ECP Advocacy Award winners will be announced annually in The Specialist newsletter and displayed on the Academy of ABCP website. Additionally, the ABCP President will provide the awardee a letter of recognition. Awardees will be sent a check for $1,000 by ABPP Central Office as directed by the ABCP Treasurer. 

Please contact Dr. Leo Caraballo with questions.

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