The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers has a long history of recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the field of sexual abuse and whose work and mission has impacted those affected by sexual abuse. Periodically the Association reviews the process and award categories in an effort to ensure that the categories, award criteria and process are streamlined and reflect the diversity of contributions to the field. 

In recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the field of sexual abuse, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is pleased to acknowledge individuals whose work and mission has impacted those affected by sexual abuse.

Grants and Awards

The ATSA Lifetime Significant Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual who, over the course of their career, has made an important contribution within the field of sexual abuse. This award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the state of knowledge the field of sexual abuse; the reduction or prevention of sexual abuse; or the development of initiatives or programs to assist abusers or victim/survivors. The award is presented to an individual whose career work and dedication has significantly influenced or impacted advancements in the field while promoting the safety and well being of those affected by sexual abuse and the larger community.The recipient of this award should be an individual:


  • Whose contribution has enhanced the knowledge base in the field of sexual abuse;
  • Whose influence has been exerted through leadership including as an innovator, a teacher/mentor, theorist, spokesperson, or as a developer of public policy regarding sexual abuse; and,
  • Whose work has contributed to enhanced community safety and wellness.

Award Recipient Year Award Recipient Year
Keith Kaufman, Ph.D. 2016 Howard Barbaree, Ph.D. 2000
Robert McGrath, M.A. 2015 William D. Murphy, Ph.D. 1999
David L. Burton, Ph.D. 2014 Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D. / Robert A. Prentky, Ph.D. 1998
Arthur Gordon, Ph.D. 2011 Anna Salter, Ph.D. 1997
Ray Blanchard, Ph.D. 2010 James Breiling, Ph.D. 1996
Anthony R. Beech, D.Phil. 2009 Janice Marques, Ph.D. 1995
Jan Hindman, M.S. 2008 Vernon L. Quinsey, Ph.D. 1994
James L. Haaven, M.A. 2007 William L. Marshall, Ph.D. 1993
David Thornton, Ph.D. 2005 Judith V. Becker, Ph. D. 1992
David Finkelhor, Ph.D. 2004 Gene G. Abel, M.D. 1991
Stephen Hudson, Ph.D. / Tony Ward, Ph.D. 2003 William D. Pithers, Ph.D. 1990
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. 2002 D. Richard Laws, PH.D. / Lucy Berliner, M.S.W 1989
Fran Henry, M.B.A . 2001 Kurt Freund, M.D. 1988

The Distinguished Contribution Award is designed to recognize an individual who has made a notable contribution within the field of sexual abuse.  The award is open to all disciplines and areas of the field of sexual abuse and honors an individual who has:

  • demonstrated excellent and innovative clinical skills that have engaged clients in the process of change and advanced the state of sex offender treatment or
  • made outstanding contributions in serving the community through dedicating their time, energy, knowledge and skills to support/facilitate community safety and abuse prevention or
  • through the press, television or film has advanced the public understanding of relevant issues regarding sexual abuse and offending, as well as the role of effective treatment in risk management  or
  • had significant impact on the growth and development of professionals in the field through mentoring and clinical guidance to others or
  • promoted advances in the effective management of sex offenders through other avenues, disciplines, etc.

Members and non-members of ATSA are eligible for this award. Members of the Awards Committee and the ATSA Board of Directors shall be ineligible for nomination.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations are open to the ATSA Membership.

To nominate a candidate for the Lifetime Significant Achievement Award or Distinguished Contribution Award please:

  1. Submit a cover letter describing or outlining the nominee’s achievements or contributions that support his/her nomination for the award. 
  2. Submit a second letter of support for the nomination.
  3. Submit a resume, vita or biographic sketch of the nominee.
  4. Nominations should be submitted to Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D., Awards Committee Chair at
  5. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018
Decision and Presentation

The Awards Committee will review the nominees and make recommendations to the ATSA Board of Directors, who will vote on the presentation of the Award to the most appropriate and deserving nominee. The recipient will be informed and the award will be presented as part of the conference program at the ATSA Annual Research and Treatment Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 17 – 20, 2018.


Lifetime Significant Achievement Award

  • Recipient would receive an award figurine with inscription.
  • Recipient will have expenses paid to the conference Air fare (comparable to a roundtrip ticket within North America), a maximum of five (5) nights lodging in the Conference headquarters hotel, Conference Registration). The recipient will also receive tickets to the Speaker Event and Student Reception.

Distinguished Contribution Award

  • Recipient will receive a plaque or award figurine recognition with inscription.
  • Assistance to attend conference including conference fee waived, assistance with hotel and assistance with air fare. The recipient will also receive tickets to the Speaker Event and Student Reception.


The Gail Burns-Smith Award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to preventing sexual violence through their work to facilitate effective partnerships between advocates working on behalf of victims and survivors and those working in the area of sex offender management and treatment. This award, named in honor of Gail Burns-Smith, a visionary woman who expanded the thinking and actions of two previously disconnected groups of professionals, is intended to ensure that this important collaboration is continued and expanded by other forward-thinking leaders. The award is jointly sponsored by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), two organizations with similar missions and goals; honored to carry on the mission and vision of Gail Burns-Smith.

The Fay Honey Knopp Scholarship has previously been presented to a person studying, working or volunteering in the field of sexual abuser treatment or sexual abuse research whose work exemplifies the qualities and vision of human goodness that Honey brought to the field and whose work/spirit is an inspiration to others.  Another component of the award was that the nominee-without financial assistance-would be unable to attend the ATSA Annual Research and Treatment Conference.  ATSA is proud to announce that the Fay Honey Knopp Award is now the Fay Honey Knopp Scholarship. Fay Honey was known for her support and mentoring of individuals taking on the challenge of working in the field of sexual abuse. She provided hope and courage while nurturing and giving strength.  The scholarships honor Fay Honey’s work in eliminating sexual abuse and making communities safer and her true spirit of caring and support.

Individuals studying, working or volunteering in the field of sexual abuse who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference are eligible for a scholarship.  Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please:

  • Submit a letter why you are requesting the scholarship and how the scholarship will benefit and assist you in your work within the field of sexual abuse.
  • Submit a letter of support about your receiving the scholarship, including impact on your work in the field of sexual abuse.
  • Scholarship requests should be submitted to Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D., Awards Committee Chair at
  • Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.


Graduate Student Award is presented to a graduate level researcher completed whose research pertains to either sexual abusers or sexual abuse victims/survivors. The award winner will be selected by a panel of distinguished researchers who have produced some of the seminal work in this field. ATSA has developed this awards program with the intent of attracting research excellence to the assessment and treatment of individuals perpetrating or affected by sexual abuse.

Pre-Doctoral Research Grant This year, ATSA will provide funding for grants designated as student research. The total amount of grant monies available is $15,000. Applications requesting any amount up to this limit will be considered. More than one application can be funded until the full $15,000 has been awarded.

The ATSA Awards and Grants are not necessarily awarded annually. Each year the recipients will be chosen based on the number of and quality of submissions.

A complete description of the awards, the criteria and the nomination procedure can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links above.

2018 Call for Abstracts