2013 Midwinter Executive Board Meeting Highlights

Become a fellow of Div.54: deadline November 15th.

By Avani Modi, PhD

  • A grant mechanism will be developed to fund innovative research proposals.
  • The annual conference was officially named the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference.
  • The Centers for Disease Control Student Award will no longer be given due to CDC budget cuts.
  • The Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference planning went well for New Orleans and the 2014 conference will be held in Philadelphia.
  • The Journal of Pediatric Psychology will introduce a Pioneer Series, in which founders, pioneers, and major contributors to the field of pediatric psychology will discuss their thoughts on the field and how it began.
  • Div. 54 Awards will be given at Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conferences instead of the American Psychological Association meeting.
  • Several updates have occurred to the Div. 54 website, including the posting fact sheets for several pediatric conditions/topics and evidenced-based assessment resources.
  • The first issue of Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology was published in March. The next issue will be published in June.
  • The SPP Task Force on Competencies and Best Training Practices in Pediatric Psychology will submit a recently developed manuscript regarding contemporary training guidelines at differing trainee levels, including predoctoral, doctoral and early career faculty.
  • Several new presidential initiatives are underway, including the creation of a task force on e-health in pediatric psychology, the potential to have a Div. 54 YouTube Channel to disseminate trainings and information about evidence-based treatment in pediatric psychology for professionals as well as parents.