Gold medal award for life achievement in the application of psychology: Bruce E. Wampold.

For achievements in documenting the benefits of psychotherapy and understanding how psychotherapy works, Bruce E. Wampold has examined psychotherapy from the perspectives of psychology, history, anthropology, evolution, and placebo studies to develop a model of how psychotherapy produces beneficial outcomes. His scholarship has documented how humans have evolved to use social means to heal and that psychotherapy makes use of the therapy relationship to promote change. His contextual model of psychotherapy, which is an integration of common factors and specific ingredients and which applies to all forms of psychotherapy, provides a means to improve the quality of mental health services through therapist skill acquisition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)