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Description: The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) has established the NASSPD Gunderson Young Investigator Award. This research award was established to encourage young investigators to pursue research to increase our understanding of personality disorders. We, the Board, will award the distinction of the Gunderson Young Investigator Award to the student whose paper has been judged to be the best by a committee of distinguished personality disorder researchers. The winner, who will receive a $1,000 cash award, will be notified on 2/10/20. The award will be announced to our membership at our 2021 Annual Conference. The award includes a framed plaque. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to have a journal version of the paper published in Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Eligibility: “Student” means anyone who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, professional degree, residency, fellowship, or postdoctoral program. Proof of eligibility must accompany the submission (e.g., signed statement by professor, lab PI.).

Submissions: Interested students should submit their paper, on which they must be the first author, and a cover letter with confirmation of their eligibility. The paper 1) may not be a previously published paper, 2) must be original research on any topic related to the study of personality disorders, and 3) should be no more than 35 pages double-spaced including tables, figures and references in American Psychological Association format.

Please submit papers and proof of eligibility electronically to:

NASSPD Research Awards Committee

c/o Dr. Donald Black


Deadline for submissions:

Submissions must be received by: Sunday, January 10, 2021

Announcement of Winner:

The winner will be announced on: Wednesday, February 10, 2020

The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders welcomes you! 

For general questions regarding NASSPD or the 2021 conference, email:

Harmony Mohr, NASSPD Assistant


Dr. Stephanie Stepp, NASSPD President

For questions regarding NASSPD Membership, email:

Salome Vanwoerden, NASSPD Membership Chair 

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