Excellence awards are designed to commend independent contributions to the science and practice of CBT. Three awards will be made, subject to an acceptable number of entries.

Best Newcomer Award: An award will be given for the best oral presentation by an early career clinician/researcher, either in an Open Paper or a Symposium session. 

Best Poster Presentation: An award will be given for the best poster by an early career clinician/researcher.

[Note: Newcomer and Poster Presentation awards are open to PhD students, clinical trainees, and any individuals with no more than two year's research experience following their most recent qualification.]

Best Case Report Poster: A separate award will be given for the best case report poster submission. Individuals at any stage of their career will be considered for this award.

We particularly encourage submissions from current and recent trainees in CBT within CBT diplomas, clinical psychology doctorate courses and IAPT courses.

If you are eligible for an Excellence Award, please ensure that you self-nominate when submitting your Open Paper or Poster, or email Janine Turner - j.m.turner@reading.ac.uk to self-nominate if you are presenting in a symposium, including the name and number of the symposium.
For further information please contact Sarah Halligan.

Sarah Halligan - s.l.halligan@bath.ac.uk


The scientific committee was extremely impressed by the high quality of oral presentations by newcomers delivered at the conference this year, and very much enjoyed all the sessions that  they attended. We were also delighted to see an increasing number of delegates nominating themselves, or being nominated by others, for this award. Ultimately, the award for excellence in oral presentations by a newcomer was given to Dr Michael Browning to recognise the innovative work he is doing using neuroimaging to explore the mechanisms of attentional bias modification. The judges commended Michael on all three of the talks that he presented during the conference, in particular his unique work that highlights the means by which cognitive neuroscience can contribute to our understanding and development of cognitive behaviour therapies.

The scientific committee was also extremely grateful to Professor Iris Engelhard who assisted members of the scientific committee in judging the poster and case reports awards. For these awards attention was paid not only to the scientific quality of the work presented and its relevance to CBT, but also to the clarity of presentation and visual appeal of the posters. Again there was stiff competition but we are delighted to announced that Dr Frances Meeten won the best poster by a newcomer award for her poster "The bidirectionality hypothesis: are clinical constructs both causes and effects of symptoms? and Dr Rebecca Ison won the case report award for her poster "Image rescripting with people who hear voices: A case series" .

Each of the award winners receives £500 towards registration and attendance at BABCP London 2013 and will also have the opportunity to present their work at the conference. You can read more about the research of each of the award winners in a future issue of CBT today.


Our newest presenters at the 2011 BABCP conference were considered for three Excellence Awards: two for new researchers presenting the best open paper and poster, and one for the best case report poster.

Dave Pasalich received the open paper excellence award for his presentation entitled ‘Do callous-unemotional traits moderate relationships between coercive and affective-based dimensions of parenting and child conduct problems?’ Judges were impressed by the rigorous approach taken to tackling this question. The results of Dr. Pasalich’s research speak to the issue of why parenting programmes are currently ineffectual for some children with conduct disorder.

The poster prize was awarded to Elizabeth Mason for her poster entitled ‘Insomnia pre- and post-treatment for anxiety and/or depression’. This research utilised a mixture of empirical research and case studies to explore the interplay between sleep and affective disorder. The research findings were interesting and novel, and presented in a clear and attractive poster.

In the case report category, Sinead O’Connell won the award for her poster entitled ‘Delivering CBT in a complex case presentation of OCD and co-morbid depression with a diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder’. This case report clearly articulated the challenges associated with delivering CBT in the context of difficulties in accessing and articulating cognitive and affective states, and approaches to overcoming these problems.

We are very grateful to Professor Steve Hollon for judging the poster excellence awards. Prof. Hollon particularly asked that we noted the high standard of posters overall. We noted the rising numbers of delegates providing case report posters, which is very encouraging. Members of the scientific committee also commented on the large audiences attracted by open paper sessions this year, reflecting the quality and relevance of the work submitted. The three award winners receive free registration to next year’s annual conference, and an invitation to present at BABCP Leeds in June 2012. We will be running the same awards at next year’s conference and so please look here for information. 


Open Paper: Dawn Proctor. Metacognitive Therapy Versus Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Poster: Jo Illingworth. Transfer effects of Cognitive Bias Modification for Anxiety: Training a Benign Attentional Bias reduces Negative Interpretation Bias.

Case Report: Sirous Mobini. Treating a 33-year old man with severe Learning Disability for Specific Phobia: Application of Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions.