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Note: Current elected and appointed Society of Pediatric Psychology Board of Directors members are not eligible for any of the SPP awards or the SPP grants.

The Society of Pediatric Psychology offers a number of opportunities for recognition for outstanding achievement across a range of professional activities.

Awards

These awards are available for trainees as well as for psychologists in various stages of their careers. Please visit the following links for application deadlines and instructions.

Student Poster Awards

This award honors certain students who are the first author of a poster to be presented at the SPP Annual Conference (in the spring), and other students who are first author of a poster presented during the Div. 54 poster session at the APA Annual Convention (in the summer).

DetailsDeadline: typically mid-March for SPPAC and mid-July for APA, Apply by: Email.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardees (SPPAC):

  • Gabriella Bobadilla, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • KellyAnn Bonanno, University of Cincinnati
  • Gabriella George, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Rachel Glock, East Carolina University
  • Kelsey Jong, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Emma Lecarie, Arizona State University/ Stanford Children’s Hospital
  • Gabriela Lelakowska, Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • Ana Miranda, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Barbara Storch, Yale Child Study Center
  • Sarah Syed, Tufts University
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Diversity Student Poster Awards

This award honors the first author of a pediatric psychology research poster whose research features diversity-related variables, such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, language differences, socioeconomic status and/or religiosity.

DetailsDeadline: typically mid-March for SPPAC and mid-July for APA, Apply by: Email.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardees (SPPAC):

  • Adora Choquette, University of Memphis 
  • Harrison Powers, University of Cincinnati
  • Courtney Thomas, Nemours Children's Health 
  • Tara Weixel, Kent State University
  • John Wilson III, Boston University
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Student Travel Awards

This award is designed to help the first author of a poster or paper to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference.

DetailsDeadline: October, Apply by: with poster submission.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardees:

  • Paige Auckland, Norton Children's Hospital
  • Abigail Bushnell, DePaul University
  • Haley Faust, Children's Hospital of Atlanta
  • Amy Jeong, Brigham Young University
  • Andrea Johnson, Palo Alto University 
  • Sarah Morton, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shirin Podury, Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Yaneira Pyszniak, DePaul University
  • Morgan Sachleben, Catholic University of America
  • Emily Scarpulla, Stanford Children's Hospital
  • Randall Smith, University of Memphis
  • Hannah Thomas, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Katherine Weaver, University of South Carolina
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C. Eugene Walker Education Award in Pediatric Psychology

This award is available to any postdoctoral fellow to facilitate their ability to attend professional meetings that will enhance their educational pursuits.

DetailsDeadline: October, Apply by: with poster submission.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Katerina Castano, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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International Collaboration Award

The purpose of the International Collaboration Award is to facilitate Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) members to visit an international research or clinical program for a minimum of one week and up to one month, although longer stays are possible with a compelling rationale. Eligible applicants include current postgraduate students (i.e., who graduated with an undergraduate degree) in clinical/pediatric psychology training programs, PhD trainees or international equivalency, postdoctoral fellows, or early career faculty (within 5 years of first appointment).

DetailsDeadline: October, Apply by: Email.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leandra Desjardins, Centre de Recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine

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Student Research Award

This research competition is designed to encourage and reward quality research on issues related to pediatric psychology and health care of children.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lolita Wiggs, Spalding University

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APA Scholar Award

This award supports a post-bac, graduate student, or intern to attend the APA annual convention. The award supports travel and also includes mentorship from a current Division 54 Board Member.

DetailsDeadline: mid-December, Apply by: Email.  For more details, please click on READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aisha Abdullahi, Nationwide Childrens Hospital

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SPP Diverse Scholar Award

This award is for underrepresented undergraduate and post baccalaureate students who have an interest in graduate training.  It was developed in order to support the goal of a more diverse pediatric psychology workforce.

DetailsDeadline: December.  Apply by: Email.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shine Soki,  Carleton University

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Carolyn S. Schroeder Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

This award recognizes outstanding commitment and significant contributions to pediatric psychology by a provider of direct clinical services in the field.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carrick Carter, PsyD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award in Pediatric Psychology

This award recognizes excellence and significant contributions in establishing the scientific base of pediatric psychology.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Susana Patton, PhD, Nemours Children's Health

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Donald K. Routh Early Career Award

This award recognizes significant contributions of a member of SPP to the field of pediatric psychology in research, clinical training and service.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by self or peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardees:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alexandra Psihogios, PhD,  Nemours Children's                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rachelle Ramsey, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship

This award originally started with the generous support of the Levin Foundation to honor faculty in pediatric psychology who mentor students in an exemplary way, providing professional advice and guidance through various training phases.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joseph Evans, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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SPP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology

This award honors a pediatric psychologist who professionally promotes understanding and respect for diversity in research, policy or practice within the field of pediatric psychology.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by self or peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heather Jones, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Wright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service in Pediatric Psychology

In recognition of the early founders of pediatric psychology, this award honors outstanding service contributions to the Society of Pediatric Psychology or to the field of pediatric psychology generally.

DetailsDeadline: January, Apply by: Nomination by peers, via uniform application.  For more details, please click on READ MORE to review description, eligibility, and how to apply.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Becky Lois, PhD, NYU Langone

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Grants

Society of Pediatric Psychology sponsors a number of grants that are intended to facilitate high quality empirical research in topic areas that are central to the mission of the society. Some grants are available to both students and professionals. Others are targeted toward our student members. Please visit the links below for more information and application instructions.

Anti-Racism Grant Award

A total of $30,000 in grant monies are available for projects focused broadly on pediatric psychology and anti-racism. These projects may be focused on service, clinical activities, activism, training or research. Proposals may request between $500 - $30,000 to support a one-year project. The variety of projects that can be submitted is broad and can range from an in-service training to a formal research project. This is an innovative mechanism – we want projects that think outside the box and lead to sustainable change within the field. The goal is to fund projects that intersect pediatric psychology and anti-racism. 

2023 winning projects incorporated stakeholder engagement strategies from design to implementation, incorporated individuals with lived experience in their research teams, and go beyond studying inequities to identifying strategies to address barriers.    

2023 Awardee #1: Anna Hood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Project: Co-producing Anti-Racism Strategies to Promote Research Participation for Adolescents and Young Adults Living with Chronic Pain                                                                                           Institution: University of Manchester

2023 Awardee #2: Andrea Garcia and Michael Vilensky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Project: Bridging the Gap: Enhancing the Dyadic Care for Infants Affected by Neonatal Opiod Withdrawal Syndrome and their BIPOC Parents                                                                                       Institution: Nationwide Children's and Ohio State

2023 Awardee #3: VALUES Collective                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Project: Values and Identities in Type 1 Amid Life Stress for Racially and Income Diverse Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and their Caregivers.                                                                                            Institution: University of Memphis

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Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant Award

This grant is open to students and faculty to support clinical research related to the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kirsten Christensen

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SPP Diversity Research Grant

Funds are available to conduct pediatric psychology research that features diversity-related variables, such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, language differences, socioeconomic status and/or religiosity.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Katerina Castano, Columbia University Irving Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Después de la Cura: A Qualitative Study to Understand the Experiences of Spanish-speaking Families whose Children Underwent Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology

This $10,000 grant is given to a postdoctoral fellow to support research in pediatric psychology while they are enrolled in a postdoctoral fellowship. The research project must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor in an area of research specific to pediatric psychology.

2024 Awardees:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grace Cushman, Brown Alpert School of Medicine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Preventing an Allergic Reaction: Barriers and Facilitators to Food Allergy Management During the Transition to Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Zach Huitt, Lurie Children’s Hospital                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well-Being and Irritability Following Initiation of Gender-Affirming Testosterone Therapy: A Short-Term Longitudinal Analysis

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Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant

This grant is designed to enable a student member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology to pursue research scholarship.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Manuela Sinisterra, University of Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Understanding Caregiver Illness Burden and Support in Management of Cystic Fibrosis in Young in School-Age Children: A Mixed Methods Study

2024 Runner-Up:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               B. Sloan Crawford, Virginia Commonwealth University                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Examination of Caregiver Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice (KAP) Concerning Consumption of Omega-3 in Youth with Sickle Cell Disease

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Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience

This award facilitates trainee research that provides a novel contribution and advance the field of pediatric psychology specifically in the area of resilience.

2024 Awardee:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Isabella Sereno, Northeastern University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Satisfaction With Care and Family-Centered Care as Moderators to Presence Among Minoritized Caregivers During Pediatric Admissions

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