2011 Diane Willis Award for Outstanding JPP Article

Read about the award application process and meet the author behind this years winning article

The Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology honors Diane J. Willis, who served SPP as president and founding editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the SPP Newsletter.

The award’s selection criteria are high. Articles must:

  • Have the potential to significantly contribute to scholarship in the science and practice of pediatric psychology as evidenced by having a positive impact on the field/topic area by influencing or guiding future research, or having implications for policy, practice, training, and professional developments;
  • Have potential for long-lasting utility and value to the field;
  • Demonstrate particular innovation and excellence in approaching the topic for usefulness in application, development of theory, and appropriateness or advancement of methodology and design; and 4) Provide an exemplar for others to model.

2011 Diane Willis Award Winner

Pinquart, M., & Shen, Y. (2011). Depressive symptoms in children and adolescents with chronic physical illness: an updated meta-analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36 (4), 374-384.

2011 Honorable Mention

Devine, K.A., Wasserman, R.M., Gershenson, L.S., Holmbeck, G.N., & Essner, B.S. (2011). Mother-Adolescent Agreement Regarding Decision-Making Autonomy: A longitudinal comparison of families of adolescents with and without spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36 (3), 277-288.

Selection Committee

A special thank you goes to the 2011 Diane Willis Award Selection Committee: Dan Clay (chair, as past president), Maureen Black, Ron Brown, John Chaney, and Sean Phipps.