Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP Outstanding Dissertation Award

For a doctoral dissertation regarding diversity/multiculturalism

Now Accepting Applications

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) is pleased to announce the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual whose doctoral dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of professional psychology and diversity and/or multiculturalism.


The recipient of the award will receive a $1,000 award and be honored at the ABPP Convocation during the APA Annual Convention.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. 1. The doctoral dissertation must have been successfully defended in 2015. 
  2. 2. The dissertation must be completed by a student in a professional psychology discipline. 
  3. 3. The dissertation must focus on an aspect of diversity and/or multiculturalism. 
  4. 4. The dissertation topic must reflect some aspect of psychology specialization, represented by at least one ABPP specialty.   
  5. 5. The dissertation must be publication-eligible. Quantitative and qualitative methods will be considered.


Candidates should submit the following:

  1. 1. Current Curriculum Vita.
  2. 2. Letter from candidate specifying how the dissertation addresses diversity and/or multiculturalism.
  3. 3. Specify the specialty board that the dissertation represents in American Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  4. 4. Electronic copy of entire dissertation in Microsoft Word format (Abstract, Literature Review, Results, Discussion, References & Appendices).
  5. 5. Copy of program-issued final approval of dissertation defense form.
  6. 6. Letter of recommendation from dissertation chair or committee member.
  7. 7. One additional letter of recommendation regarding the candidate’s potential to enhance diversity and/or multiculturalism in professional psychology.


Candidates should submit materials by April 15, 2016 to:


The award winner will be chosen primarily based upon the quality of dissertation research and its likelihood to impact the fields of professional psychology and diversity/multiculturalism.  Secondary criteria include (a) Dedication to a multicultural/diversity focus in career choice and professional psychology work, and (b) Professional strengths and successes identified in recommendation letters.



The winner will be notified by June 30, 2016.

The award will be conferred at the ABPP convocation during the APA Convention.


Click here to view past recipients of the Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP Dissertation Diversity Award