Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology


Congrats to Tonya Palermo and colleagues.

On behalf of the Willis Award Review Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the winner of the Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article published during 2014 in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

This award honors Diane J. Willis, who served SPP as president and founding editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the SPP newsletter. Articles are selected for this award on the basis of: 

  • 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.
  • Potential for long-lasting utility and value to the field.
  • Demonstration of particular innovation and excellence in approaching the topic for usefulness in application, development of theory, and appropriateness or advancement of methodology and design; and
  • Providing an exemplar for others to model.

The winning paper was first authored by Tonya Palermo. The citation for the paper is: Palermo, T.M., Janicke, D.M., McQuaid, E.L., Mullins, L.L., Robins, P.M., & Wu, Y.P. (2014). Recommendations for training in pediatric psychology: Defining core competencies across training levels, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 965-984. 

We would also like to recognize the following paper as an Honorable Mention, first-authored by Lindsey Cohen. The citation for the paper is: Cohen, L.L., Feinstein, A., Masuda, A., & Vowles, K.E. (2014). Single-case research in pediatric psychology: Considerations regarding data analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 124-137. 

I encourage the membership to log in to the Journal of Pediatric Psychology to read these outstanding articles.

A huge congratulations to all of the authors on these papers for their outstanding work. And a special thanks to the other members of the committee: Meg Zeller, Scott Powers, Tonya Palermo and Yelena Wu, for their time and effort in serving on the review committee.