Student Poster Awards

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (APA Division 49) offers up to three awards for students presenting posters at the Annual APA Convention. These awards are $300, $200, $100 and are presented for the best posters that contribute to the mission and goals for the Society. Posters will be judged on their applicability to the division's mission and goals, the quality of the material and its presentation. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a mental health professional preparation program.


  • First Prize: 
    Xu Li and Dennis Kivlighan 
    “The Cognitive Errors of Commission and Omission of Novice Group Counseling Trainees about Group Situations”
  • Second Prize: 
    D. Martin Kivlighan, III, Maleeha Abbas, Nick D. Frost, Arellys Aquinaga, Christina Frank and Alberta M. Gloria, PhD 
    “Are Group Therapeutic Factors Associated with Academic Improvement? A Multilevel Analysis”
  • Third Prize: 
    Dakota J. Kaiser, MS 
    “Social Class in Group Research: A Content Analysis” 
  • First Prize:
    Delia Avelar, MA
    "A Culturally Responsive Program to Decrease Depressive Symptoms for Immigrant Latina Women"
  • Second Prize:
    Alia R. Warner, EdS, MS
    "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Female Inmates: A Group Curriculum" 
    Co Author: Sabrina M. Di Lonardo, EdS, MS
  • Third Prize:
    Michelle Sobon, BA
    "Assessing Change Patterns of the Overly Accommodating Subtype Within Focused Brief Group Therapy" 
    Co Author: Martyn Whittingham, PhD