Congratulations to the D29 2012 Award Winners! Jesse Owen, PhD., Paul L. Wachtel, PhD., & Joshua K. Swift, PhD

Congratulations to the 2012 Division of Psychotherapy Award Winners

American Psychological Foundation/Division of Psychotherapy Early Career Award


Jesse Owen, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville

Over the past 6 years, Dr. Owen’s research has broken new ground for the study of multi- cultural processes in psychotherapy. For instance, his research team was one of the first to connect clients’ ratings of their therapists’ multicultural competencies and microaggressions with clients’ psychological well-being. Moreover, his work has examined therapeutic processes, such as the working alliance and the real relationship, which may be central in the relationship between therapists’ multicultural competencies and therapy outcomes. He has also examined other process factors, such as session outcomes, systemic alliance, intersession thoughts, and psychodynamic/interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Dr. Owen’s process research continues to focus on the interaction among relational processes and therapist activities with a keen integration of multicultural fac-tors.

 Dr. Owen has also examined couple interventions, mainly focused on two dimensions: (a) relationship education programs to help prevent relationship discord and (b) couple therapy to alleviate relational conflict and strife. Prevention efforts for relationship discord can be a meaningful way for couples to learn the skills, knowledge, and awareness needed to maintain a healthy trajectory. For instance, he has several studies examining the effectiveness and mechanisms of change with over 600 lower income racial/ethnic minority couples. These studies bridge couple interventions with an appreciation of multicultural factors in psychotherapy. While prevention efforts can be useful, some couples need more intensive services. In regards to couple therapy, Dr. Owen has developed an intervention to assist couples in high-conflict cus- tody disputes and assisted in a large scale couple therapy that examined the role of alliance and commit- ment in therapy outcomes. He is currently developing treatment guidelines for couples who are question- ing the certainity of their commitment to the relationship.


Division of Psychotherapy Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy

Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D


Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. is CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He did his undergraduate studies at Columbia, received his doctorate in

clinical psychology at Yale, and is a graduate of the postdoctoral program in psychoanalysis and psycho- therapy at New York University. He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). The central themes of his writings, lectures, and workshops center on the theory and practice of psychotherapy; the possibilities of integrating competing therapeutic approaches and the crea- tion of an integrative theory that reconciles the differing observations on which each is based; and the applications of psychological theory and research to the major social issues of our time. Among his books are The Poverty of Affluence (1983); Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy (with Ellen F. Wachtel) (1986); Action and Insight (1987); Psychoanalysis, Behavior Therapy, and and the Relational World (1997); and Race in the Mind of America: Breaking the Vicious Circles Between Blacks and Whites (1999). His most recent books are Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy (2008), Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy (2011) and the second edition of Therapeutic Communication (2011). He was the 2010 winner of the Hans H. Strupp Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research and has been chosen for the 2013 Scholarship and Research Award by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA.


The Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research Award

Joshua K. Swift, Ph.D.


Joshua K. Swift, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a quantitative specialization from Oklahoma State University, and completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, with a specific focus on studying the client variables of expectations and preferences as well as premature termination from therapy. Outside of work he loves spending time with his wife and four children.


These award winners will be honored at the 
 Division of Psychotherapy Award Ceremony and Social Hour at the APA Convention
Friday, August 3, 2012
     5:00-7:00 pm 
 Peabody Orlando Hotel, Celebration Room 9
       Orlando, Florida