Our Scholarship Programs

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology will award a limited number of grants up to $1,500 (student) or $500 (early career) to attend a conference to which the individual has had accepted a psychoanalytically-oriented submission (poster, paper, presentation). This financial support is intended to help offset travel, lodging, transportation, meals, and incidental expenses. Selection for the grant will be based on past, current, and future intended DSPP involvement; financial need; and quality of contribution to the conference. We strongly encourage but do not require scholarship applicants to make use of the DSPP Scholars Program. Recipients will be selected by a small group of DSPP executive council members through a blind review process.

The submission deadline is: no less than two months before the conference. We will do our best to notify you of our decision within two weeks.

If you have any questions about the application or scholarship, please contact Stephanie Swales, PhD, at stephanieswales@gmail.com.


Judith Samson PhD DSPP Student Scholarship Award



Dr. Judith Samson's legacy of distinguished service in psychology has been long recognized by colleagues, graduate students, and mental health advocates in the community. Since 1977, when Dr. Samson began her career in Dallas as a faculty member at UTSW's Psychology Division and psychologist at Dallas Child and Family Guidance Center, and later having a flourishing independent practice, she devoted herself to clinical work with children, adolescents, and adults and supervising the psychotherapy casework of UT Southwestern clinical psychology graduate students. A believer in professional organizations' shaping and supportive role in students' career development, she strongly encouraged trainees and early professionals to become active members in organizations such as DSPP and Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Samson has always regarded personal psychoanalysis or psychotherapy as an essential part of a psychologist's professional development and unhesitatingly recommended that undertaking with graduate students and early career professionals. For her achievements in the field of psychology, Dr. Samson received Dallas Psychological Association's "Distinguished Psychologist" Award in 2012.

As a founding member of DSPP and President of the organization (1989-1990), Dr. Samson has contributed immeasurably to the organization she so loves with her wise leadership, her service on the Executive Council, and her scholarly presentations at our monthly programs and workshops. Known for her patronage of the Arts, she was instrumental in forming the DSPP's Arts Committee, including student members, and serving as its Chairman until 2003. Under her direction, the Arts Committee hosted a variety of programs, including film events, musical performances by local and out-of-town performers, art gallery exhibitions and artist talks, and evening events with authors. Those fortunate enough to serve with her as Arts Committee members were generously rewarded at planning meetings with extraordinary five-star meals, compliments of her second-to-none culinary skills. Now, in recognition of Dr. Samson's excellence in the field of psychology and her prudent leadership in our organization since its formation in 1982, and for her commitment to the professional development of students and young professionals, members of DSPP are pleased to establish the Student Scholarship Award in her honor. Scholarship Information

The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology will award a limited number of grants up to $1,500 (student) or $500 (early career) to attend a conference to which the individual has had accepted a psychoanalytically-oriented submission (poster, paper, presentation). This financial support is intended to help offset travel, lodging, transportation, meals, and incidental expenses. Selection for the grant will be based on past, current, and future intended DSPP involvement; financial need; and quality of contribution to the conference. We strongly encourage but do not require scholarship applicants to make use of the DSPP Scholars Program. Recipients will be selected by a small group of DSPP executive council members through a blind review process.

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Laurel Wagner PhD DSPP Early Career Scholarship Award



Dr. Laurel (Laurie) Wagner has been a leader in the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association and its local chapter, the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, for thirty years. She served as DSPP President in 1995 and led a successful move to democratize the organization's governance. In Division 39 she has held numerous positions: Treasurer and President of the Section of Local Chapter and Division Member-at-Large, Council Representative, Parliamentarian, and President. As Council Representative she fought within APA to get psychologists out of detainee interrogations in sites such as Guantanamo. Dr. Wagner is the recipient of numerous awards including the Division 39 Leadership Award. In 2018 she chaired a task force to revise the Division 39 bylaws. These revisions now allow psychologists to be Division Members without being APA Members, and changed the organization's name to Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division 39 of APA.

As a Clinical Professor at UTSW's Psychology Division, Dr. Wagner has provided supervision for clinical psychology graduate students providing psychotherapy and taught graduate level courses since 1980. She was the founding chairperson of the Dallas Psychological Association's Disaster Response Team in 1986, and has volunteered countless hours working with disaster victims. She published a journal article and book chapter, "The multiple traumas of Hurricane Katrina as witnessed by a psychoanalytic first responder" about her year-long work with Katrina victims. Despite her many obligations and commitments, she has always made the career development of students and early professionals a top priority. Dr. Wagner has contributed to professional growth of many current clinicians by encouraging their participation in organization such as DSPP and Division 39, and particular its Scholars Program, which Dr. Wagner serves as a mentor. In addition to running a well-established practice, she is also the Director of Training at Dallas Therapy Alliance, which is a group practice she cofounded in order to establish a psychoanalytic postdoctoral training program. For her continued commitment to the professional development of early career professionals, members of DSPP are pleased to establish the Early Career Scholarship Award in her honor.

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