Antoine Lebeaut Named 2021 Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award Winner

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The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is proud to present the 2021 Morgan T. Sammons Doctoral Student Award to Antoine Lebeaut, MA, of the University of Houston Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. This award comes with a $10,000 stipend to further the development of a clinically oriented research project.

This award, named in honor of the National Register’s current Chief Executive Officer, is presented annually to a currently enrolled student in good standing in an APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program in psychology. This award supports an original research project that advances our understanding of the effectiveness of psychological interventions and their contribution toward improved patient outcomes.

The National Register’s Awards Committee was impressed with Mr. Lebeaut’s plan to use the $10,000 award stipend to support his dissertation study, which will support a web-based intervention for co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder.

Upon receiving the award, Antoine said, “I am incredibly honored and grateful to receive the doctoral student award from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. This award will provide integral funding and support for my dissertation project, which focuses on developing a novel, web-based intervention to target a major underlying cognitive risk and maintenance factor (i.e., anxiety sensitivity) for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. Given the limited availability of brief, integrated interventions for individuals with this co-occurrence, the proposed study provides an innovative extension of previous work and has the potential to directly inform care and improve health services.”

Antoine is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at the University of Houston, under the mentorship of Dr. Anka Vujanovic. His current research interests involve identifying risk and maintenance factors for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring disorders, particularly alcohol use disorder (AUD), in community adults and first responder populations. Notably, Antoine is interested in examining specific transdiagnostic risk factors, such as anxiety sensitivity, and their impact on PTSD-AUD associations. He is also interested in developing brief, integrated approaches (e.g., personalized feedback interventions) to explicitly target relevant transdiagnostic factors and improve treatment outcomes and well-being among individuals with co-occurring PTSD and AUD. Antoine’s research has been presented at local, national, and international conferences and published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, Addictive Behaviors, Behavior Modification, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Antoine has been banking credentials through the National Register since 2021.

This announcement will also be featured in the National Register’s Journal of Health Service Psychology.

About the National Register of Health Service Psychologists

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists was established in 1974 and is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists and psychology doctoral students. We are an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare by identifying psychologists who meet specific education and training standards, and by verifying these professionals to consumers, healthcare organizations, and regulatory bodies. The National Register currently credentials 10,000 Health Service Psychologists and has approximately 3,500 psychology doctoral student and postdoctoral trainee members of its Associate Program. For more information, visit


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