Awards & Honors

At the 27th Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY27), awards are presented to pay tribute to individuals for their outstanding achievements.
This year's conference will feature:

Lifetime Achievement Award

To celebrate two decades of exciting advances in cybertherapy as well as the growth of the CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference itself, we are proud to announce the 27th Annual CyberTherapy Lifetime Achievement Award.

This award has a tradition of honoring a person who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievements in the fields of advanced technologies and healthcare. It is the highest honor given by our community. All members of the CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference Program Committee are invited to nominate one of their colleagues as a recipient of this award, which promises to honor a long line of esteemed researchers.

Cyberpsychology Early Career Award

This award is given to someone who has made substantial scholarly contributions to the field of cyberpsychology (within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree) in the conference theme of Social, Clinical, and Affective Neurosciences meet Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies to Extend Reality. The award is delivered by Thomas D. Parsons, PhD, Grace Center Professor of Innovation in Clinical Education, Simulation Science, & Immersive Technology, as well as the Director of the Computational Neuropsychology & Simulation (CNS) Lab. The award includes a certificate/plaque and a check of $1000 USD.

How to apply (deadline is April 15): Send a letter of nomination (self-nominations are accepted) highlighting the nominee’s cyberpsychology and neuroscience research, publications, teaching, training, leadership, and/or other relevant information. Include the nominee’s CV and statement about their research and/or accomplishments. Please submit nomination letters and CV as well as other supporting documents to Thomas D. Parsons, PhD by April 15, 2024.

Cyberpsychology New Investigator Research Presentation Award

The aim of this prize is to reward the presentation of strong methodological studies in human neurosciences (social, clinical, and affective) and/or AI with digital XR technologies at the Cybertherapy conference. The recipient must be a researcher who is new to the field of cyberpsychology. It is open to both oral (including symposium) presentations and to researchers from all countries and disciplines. The award is delivered by Thomas D. Parsons, PhD: Grace Center Professor of Innovation in Clinical Education, Simulation Science, & Immersive Technology, as well as the Director of the Computational Neuropsychology & Simulation (CNS) Lab. It includes a certificate and a check of $1000 USD.

Rules of attributions:

The first criterion to assess the submissions is the scientific merit of the study. Rigorous designs, reliable measurements, adequate sample sizes, appropriate statistical analyses and strong control conditions are all significant assets. The scientific quality of the content of the presentation will also contribute (i.e., clear and replicable descriptions of the methodology), but not the visual quality of the presentation (e.g., images or videos).

The recipient must be the first author of the presentation, have the oral / poster accepted for the conference, submit the presentation in time for the award, pay the registration dues and personally attend the conference. Their intellectual contribution must be significant (e.g., not the main results of a funded study planned and conducted by a senior researcher in the field but presented at the conference by a student). In case of doubt, please explain the situation in writing when submitting your presentation to the award.

A new investigator in the field is defined by meeting one the criteria below. The applicant must state in writing which criteria are met when sending the submission:

  • currently a university student;
  • currently a post-doc researcher;
  • currently an autonomous researcher but not having published as first author more than five peer-reviewed papers on XR or cyberpsychology since the end of the Ph.D. or the post-doc;
  • currently an autonomous researcher but not having received more than two major research grants on XR or cyberpsychology.

The content of the presentation must be submitted no later than May 15th, 2024 to Evaluation of the submissions will be conducted during the week prior to the conference, based only on the document submitted. The recipient will be informed publicly during the conference.

All reviews will be made by members of the scientific committee. The best submissions will be selected and ranked-ordered by members of the scientific committee according to their scientific merit. 

Checklist for submitting a presentation to the Cyberpsychology New Investigator Award

When you submit your presentation, make sure to:

  • send your application by the deadline;
  • state that your oral has been accepted to be presented to the conference;
  • state that you made a significant intellectual contribution to the study;
  • state that the study was approved by a research ethics board or committee;
  • state which of the above definition of new investigator in the field of XR applies to you;
  • send a copy of your powerpoint presentation to If the powerpoint file is too large to be sent by e-mail, try via a sharing site (e.g. DropBox or FTP site). Do not sent additional information (e.g., submitted paper, proceedings, vitae, etc.).

If you have any question about this award, please contact Thomas Parsons, PhD by email

The creation of this award is made possible by the Computational Neuropsychology & Simulations (CNS) Laboratory at ASU

Young Minds Student Poster Research Awards

To showcase outstanding achievements in a student poster presented at the CYPSY Conference, the Young Minds Research awards, sponsored by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers and its CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking Journal, are presented to four projects judged to have the greatest potential to contribute to the innovative field of cyberpsychology, cybertherapy, training, and rehabilitation.

All posters submitted by student presenters – those who have not finished their PhD program – are eligible to compete for the four $250 awards. Posters will be judged by the scientific chairs for scientific merit and ease of presentation. To see the complete list of the previous Student Poster Award recipients please visit Winners will be presented with a cash award and certificate of achievement.