Gerald Stechler Research Award

Gerry Stechler was a colleague and friend, and his career spanned nearly 60 years as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and theoretical analyst. He had special interests in infant development, the integration of psychoanalysis and family systems, therapist affect, and couple and family therapy.

Each year, Division 39, Section VIII (Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) offers this research award to support new, ongoing, or recently completed research related to couples or family therapy within psychodynamic/psychoanalytic practice. The applicant’s research can be qualitative, quantitative, or theoretical.

The committee welcomes applications from doctoral students, masters or non-doctoral level researchers (including students or postgraduates from psychology or social work graduate programs or a psychoanalytic institute) early career professionals (ECPs), as well as established researchers or clinicians.

The award winner will be expected to make a brief statement about the research and its applicability to couple and family therapy and psychoanalysis.

Recipients of the award will each receive the following benefits:

• A $100 stipend to  cover research costs and travel expenses.
• 1 year membership to Division 39 and Section VIII.
•The winner’s name and project title will be announced on Section VIII’s active listserv of clinicians and scholar-practitioners, and at this year’s Section VIII Reception at the annual Spring Meeting of Division 39.
•The winning application will be showcased on the Section VIII newsletter and on the Section’s website.
•The winner will have an opportunity to showcase a poster on the project at the Section VIII social hour/reception at the annual Spring Meeting of Division 39.

 Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Enrolled as a current student (graduate school in field of psychology or social work or candidate in a psychoanalytic institute), considered an early career professional (up to seven years since completing the applicable graduate program), or employed primarily as a private practitioner or as a researcher with interests in advancing knowledge of psychoanalytic theory as relates to couples and families.

2. Demonstrated interest in psychoanalysis and couple and family therapy (membership in Section VIII is recognized as interest and encouraged.)

3. The proposed research can be no more than two years old.

 The submission package must include the following information:

A. Four- to six-page proposal with a statement of the research question or problem; the aims and objectives of the proposed research; and a detailed description of the research design (for qualitative and quantitative proposals), including inclusion criteria for selecting subjects, methods of data collection and analysis, and documentation of an ethics review (IRB), when appropriate.

B. Curriculum Vitae.


Past Research Awardees

Note: Degrees listed were provided at the time the award was granted.


Lina Perl, M.A. (Psy.D. in progress)


Brittney Silvestri, M.A. (Psy.D. in progress)