Apply for the DDS Award!

Supports Art Therapy Researchers

For more than two decades, Barry M. Cohen, founder of the Diagnostic Drawing Series project, and Anne Mills, Director of the DDS Archive, have offered an annual cash award to recognize well-conceived studies using the Diagnostic Drawing Series. Applicants are invited to apply prior to October 15 by describing their research in a brief letter. The winning submission will receive a $400 cash prize. Preference is given to studies that are completed.

Applications should be mailed to:
DDS NETWORK - Annual Award
P.O. Box 9853
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. 22304

According to Cohen, “Valid, reliable art therapy assessment is a crucial part of responsible and effective art therapy treatment. DDS research contributes to the field, the international clinical community, and helps meet the needs of art therapists in a variety of professional settings.”

In 2013, art therapy graduate students from the Rigas Stradina Universitaté, Riga, Latvia, jointly received the 2013 Diagnostic Drawing Series Award. Evita Dakse won for her study "The Diagnostic Drawing Series adaptation in Latvia and its application in art therapy according to Beck Depression Inventory II criteria for adult major depression." Daiga Dzene won for her study, "Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS) test adaptation in Latvia and its specific characteristic marks in the structure of drawings of schizophrenia patients." Under the direction of Professor Kristine Martinsone of the Rigas Stradina Universitaté, the study had the permission of the Committee of Ethics of Riga Stradina University. The researchers collected DDSs at the Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of Riga and “Ģintermuiža” Ltd. They also collaborated on a back-translation of the DDS instructions and manual.

Past recipients of the DDS Award include:

  • Kathryn Johnson (2002) for her study of the art of people diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, manic phase
  • Gail Billingsley (1997) for her study of the art of substance abuse disordered patients
  • Barbara Sobol and Carol Cox (1992) for their study comparing the art of abused children who were highly dissociative with those of sexually abused children who were not highly dissociative

For further information, contact Barry M. Cohen at