Awards Committee

There are three types of Division awards: The Convention Paper Awards, the Distinguished Contributions Awards, and the Hilgard Best Graduate Level Academic Thesis Award. What follows is a description of the awards.

Convention Paper Awards

  1. Best Research Paper Award
  2. Best Applied Paper Award
  3. Best Theoretical Paper Award
  4. The Nicholas P. Spanos Best Graduate Student Paper Award

(These Awards might not need to be awarded every year. For example, if one or more of the awardees [for Best Research, Best Applied, and Theoretical paper] are graduate students, the Nicholas P. Spanos Best Graduate Student paper Award might not be awarded.)

Distinguished Contributions Awards

  1. The Division of Psychological Hypnosis Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scientific Hypnosis. This is the most important Award for scientific merit that the Division can bestow. It is given to luminaries in our field. A plaque would be given at the APA convention, and recipients would be invited to address the audience on any topic of their choice.
  2. The Division of Psychological Hypnosis Award for Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis. This award recognizes excellent young psychologists who have their Ph.D. for ten years or less. The recipient could be cited for applied or scientific work. The award winner would be presented a plaque and $500.00 check at a special invited address at the following year’s APA Convention. In the case of two people receiving this award in the same year, they would split the cash award. A plaque would be given at the APA convention, and recipients would be invited to address the audience on any topic of their choice.
  3. Division 30 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of clinical hypnosis. Training, education, theoretical innovations, clinical research, and clinical scholarship should be considered in the nominations for this award. A plaque would be given at the APA convention, and recipients would be invited to address the audience on any topic of their choice.

The E. R. Hilgard Best Graduate Level Academic Thesis Award

The E. R. Hilgard Best Graduate Level Academic Thesis Award is bestowed upon the author of an outstanding and important dissertation. This award does not need to be given each year. A $200 prize accompanies the award certificate.