Dr. Theo Burnes, MA in Clinical Psychology faculty, was the recipient of The Counseling Psychologist Outstanding Paper Award for his Major Contribution (a special issue of the journal), Sex Positivity and Counseling Psychology.
“Sexuality is often a topic not included in psychology literature unless the topic is about sex from a pathology-focused model,” noted Burnes. “This major contribution was a series of five papers that examined how positive sexual practice and health can be examined from research, practice, history, and training in psychology. I was so fortunate to be a part of this authorship team on these papers, and I am so thrilled that we were honored in this way.”
An outstanding paper is one that includes exceptional empirical, theoretical, conceptual, applied, and methodological contributions that substantially and significantly advance a particular topic or area within counseling psychology. This could reflect an individual paper or a collection of papers in a Major Contribution. All of the papers published in 2017 were reviewed by a committee comprised of The Counseling Psychologist’s Editor, Associate Editors, our International Forum Editor, and one of the Journal of Counseling Psychology’s Associate Editors.
Dr. Burnes was presented with a plaque and a $1,500 award at the Society of Counseling Psychology Business Meeting during the American Psychological Association convention in San Francisco on August 10, 2018. The award was presented to Dr. Burnes as well as his co-authors of the various papers in the issue: Anneliese A. Singh, Ryan G. Witherspoon, Chad M. Mosher, Candice Hargons, Della V. Mosley, Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Carmen Cruz, Ellen Greenwald, and Riddhi Sandil.