The theme for Division 54 programming was Shining the Spotlight on Pediatric Psychology Trainees and Early Career Investigators. This year, we actively encouraged sessions that showcase cutting edge advances in Pediatric Psychology science and practice being spearheaded by the next generation. This exciting theme envisioned by Thomaseo Burton was developed to give an important platform for trainees and early career investigators that can be challenging to attain at other conferences. We also encouraged inclusion of moderators and discussants who are from more senior stages of the career spectrum. We made the call, and our society enthusiastically responded!

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SPP Division 54 Programming at APA 2022


A few exciting Division 54 highlights included:

Critical Conversations
The Path to Pediatric Psychology: Three Diverse Perspectives
Melissa Santos, PhD (Chair), Idia B Thurston, PhD, E. Thomaseo Burton, PhD
Solutions to increasing the number of minorities, minority women, first generation scholars and those with disability, are needed. This session will discuss how to empower and support, those not being traditionally seen in psychology.

Skill Building
Breaking Down Barriers: Applying for NIH K-Awards as Early Career Women in Pediatric Psychology
Carolyn R Bates, PhD (Chair), Dana M Bakula, PhD, Amy H Egbert, PhD, Alexandra M Psihogios, PhD, Cynthia A Gerhardt, PhD
This skill-building session will provide guidance for early career women in the field of pediatric psychology on how to feasibly write a K-series application in the context of common barriers, with a focus on practical solutions.

Taking the Pediatric Psychologist Out of the Hospital: Challenges and Opportunities to Stay Relevant
Kavita Desai Dakoji, PhD (Chair), Abby Hughes-Scalise, PhD, Ashley Junghans-Rutelonis, PhD
We are finally here: a time when mental health is getting attention. How can we help pediatric psychology pave the way? Join our diverse panel to learn how to make pediatric psychology relevant during this pandemic-forced health-tech boom.