The Research Committee promotes excellence in research through annual awards that recognize outstanding research in art therapy. Each year, the American Art Therapy Association recognizes achievements in research by both students and professionals. All awards are announced at the annual conference and on the website.


This award is given out to student members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research. Find details on the 2023 Award Schedule here.

Eligibility Criteria for Award:

1.    The researcher must be a graduate student member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. Student, Student Plus, and International Student Memberships are valid. 

2.    An art therapist must be the principal investigator, e.g., professor, thesis chair. 

3.    The study must be conducted in the area of applied art therapy research. 

4.    The research design must use a statistical measure. 

5.    The research must be student work completed within the past year. Both May and December graduates may submit papers by May 1st of the following year.  

6.    Selected candidates will assemble a poster presentation. Posters will be on display during the AATA conference. Candidates may have a time to share and discuss their work in a poster display session with other presenters, however, candidates for the Gladys Agell award will be judged according to criteria described in the proposal requirements, and the final poster execution. The presentation session itself will not be part of the judging criteria. 


    The purpose of this award is to fund an art therapy research study in its proposal stage. Find details on the 2023 Award Schedule here.

    Eligibility Criteria for Award:

    1. The researcher must be a voting member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. 

    2. Individuals may submit (or as part of a submission team) only one (1) proposal. Multiple submissions by the Primary Investigator will not be accepted.

    3. Research may be at the proposal stage or in the early stages of progress.

    4. Meets criteria for one of the categories in Section A.5 and contains all materials listed in Section C.

    5. The research must meet one of the following categories:

    • 1. Proposal Stage applications consist of the plan you submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent review board and a copy of their approval letter.
    • 2. Early Stage or Initial Stage applications are those that have received Institutional Board Approval, evidenced by an IRB approval letter, and are in the early stages of being conducted. In addition to the IRB approval letter and the plan submitted to the IRB, they include the plan for data collection and, as applicable, data analysis methodology, and all items listed in Section C.
    • 3. A proposal that is for a grant or funding opportunity requires the primary researcher to identify the funding agency and Request for Proposals (RFP).