Early Career Research Paper Award

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This award recognizes an outstanding empirical research abstract from an early career researcher, with the goal of stimulating that person's long term participation in the ACBS conference as an outlet for presenting empirical science within the broad domain of CBS. The winner will receive a certificate and complimentary (non-transferable) registration to the ACBS World Conference.

Deadline to Apply is April 30, 2020.


The winner must be both the first author AND the presenting author of a paper accepted for oral presentation at the ACBS World Conference. If you completed your terminal degree within the past 7 years (or 10 years if you took time off for personal reasons such as family), you are eligible and would be considered “Early Career.” Awards are determined based on submitted abstracts/information. Invitations to apply for this award are sent to those with papers accepted either individually or as part of a symposium. 

An ad hoc subcommittee of researchers in the ACBS community will read the accepted abstracts for the significance of the research question and methodological quality. CVs will be reviewed for quality of academic training and scholarship. One paper will be selected for the award. The winner will be announced on the ACBS listservs, on the ACBS website, and at a plenary session at the World Conference.

ACBS Early Career Award Committee: Jonathan Bricker, Brandon Gaudiano, and Kevin Vowles

Award Recipients:

2019 ACBS World Conference – Dublin, Ireland

Felicity Brown, PhD, MPsychClin: Dr. Brown is a Senior Researcher with War Child Holland, Netherlands. She contributed to an RCT (in partnership with HealthRight, Johns Hopkins University, the Ministry of Health Uganda, WHO, and UNHCR) to measure the effectiveness of an ACT-Based Guided Self-Help Intervention for South Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda. The intervention was delivered in 5 workshops, using scripted audio recordings to deliver key content; ensuring fidelity and reducing training needs. Villages (n=14) were randomly assigned to receive either SH+ or enhanced usual care, and a total of 724 women participated. Results indicated significant improvements in the primary outcome of psychological distress from baseline to 3 month follow up, and significant improvements on a range of secondary outcomes. 

2018 ACBS World Conference 16 - Montréal, Canada

Yuen-yu ChongDr. Chong is a newly minted Ph.D. in nursing from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted an elegant randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an ACT program (as compared to an education program) to help parents of young children with asthma respond more effectively to their children's asthma behaviors. This study of 168 parents, with a 96% follow-up, showed that a mere four sessions of ACT for parents lowered the risk of their child's hospital emergency room visits by 80%. That's a big deal. Her paper is very positive news for ACT research and for clinical practice.