Carolyn S. Schroeder Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice

The Carolyn Schroeder Clinical Practice Award was given to Anna Egan, Ph.D., ABPP. This award recognizes excellence, innovation and leadership in the clinical practice of pediatric psychology.

Egan is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City holds a faculty appointment as an associate professor of pediatrics at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Egan received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Egan provides direct clinical service to patients and families seen in the Division of Endocrinology. In addition to offering integrated clinical care for families and youth with type 1 diabetes, she helped establish the interdisciplinary treatment program (GUIDE) for children with differences in sex development in 2007 as well as the Gender Pathways Services (GPS) program for gender diverse youth. Egan provides in teaching and mentorship to endocrinology fellows and new faculty to improve understanding of psychosocial issues that impact patient care for youth with type 1 diabetes and other endocrine-related diagnoses. 

As program director for psychology training at Children’s Mercy, Egan provides clinical supervision and professional mentorship to psychology practicum students, doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows.  She expanded training programs at all levels to optimize the breadth and depth of clinical experiences available to trainees. Egan is the current chair of the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council (CCaPPTC) and the representative to the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC).

Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award

The Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award was given to David E. Sandberg, Ph.D. This award recognizes excellence and significant contributions in establishing the scientific base of pediatric psychology.

Sandberg received his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Sandberg served as faculty in the departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College (1988-1990), the Department of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo (1990-2006) and was then recruited to the University of Michigan to serve as the first director of the Division of Child Behavioral Health and later the Division of Pediatric Psychology (2006-2018). He currently serves as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Sandberg’s closely linked clinical and research interests have focused on the psychological aspects of short stature and its medical management; his current efforts center on the development of those born with a disorder (or difference) of sex development (DSD). His research program has been supported by the NICHD and PCORI. At present, he co-leads a NICHD-sponsored clinical research network (the DSD-Translational Research Network; R01 HD093450); serves as principal investigator on a study evaluating how patients with DSD, parents, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders, differentially define optimal care and outcomes (R01 HD086583); and he co-leads a project designed to characterize the pathways of care received by patients with DSD within a large integrated health care system (Kaiser Permanente; R01 HD092595). He is also a member of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group, an appointed advisory group within the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Sandberg’s early career was spent challenging assumptions and beliefs underlying pediatric clinical care for particular patient groups. He is currently focused on implementing improvements in healthcare delivery by reducing variability in standards of care and by integrating decision support tools as a means of delivering patient and family-centered care to people with DSD and their families.

Donald K. Routh Early-Career Award

The Routh Early-Career Award was given to Erica Sood, Ph.D. This award recognizes significant contributions to the field of pediatric psychology in research, clinical training, and/or service during the early career.

Sood directs the Cardiac Learning and Early Development (LEAD) Program at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, which provides neurodevelopmental and psychological assessment for patients with congenital heart disease from infancy through adolescence. She holds a faculty appointment as associate professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and trains psychology residents and fellows in the specialty area of cardiac neurodevelopment.

Sood’s research involves partnering with parent and community stakeholders to understand the psychosocial needs of families of young children with congenital heart disease. She recently completed a study using online crowdsourcing methodology to identify psychosocial intervention strategies to improve the care and outcomes of infants with congenital heart disease and their families. She was also recently awarded an AHRQ K12 grant through the PEDSnet Scholars Program to design and test a prenatal, family-based psychosocial intervention for parents expecting a child with congenital heart disease.

Sood leads patient/family psychosocial support initiatives within the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, and co-chairs the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative composed of over 30 pediatric hospitals dedicated to optimizing neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes. She serves on the medical advisory board for the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association and on the founding board of Mended Little Hearts of Delaware. She served as conference chair for the 2018 SPP Annual Conference and recently began her role as Secretary of the board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship

The Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship was given to Randi Streisand, Ph.D. This award honors a pediatric psychology faculty member who mentors students in an exemplary way, providing professional advice and guidance through various phases of training including early-career development.

Streisand, a pediatric psychologist and certified diabetes educator, is professor and chief of the Division of Psychology at Children’s National Health System and professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her research focuses on behavioral interventions to reduce morbidity in childhood diabetes, including behavioral interventions to improve diabetes self-management, parent-child adjustment to illness, and young children’s glycemic control.

Streisand also provides clinical services to families, and is a senior member of the APA-accredited psychology training program. In addition to providing behavioral research and clinical mentorship to early-stage faculty, interns, fellows and residents, and other trainees, she directs her institution’s behavioral research efforts.

“In my position, I have the good fortune to help others pursue and combine their research and clinical interests,” Streisand says. “Mentoring others both inside and outside our field about the role of psychology in promoting and maintaining children’s good health is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.”

Ann McCabeWright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service

The Wright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service was given to Mary Ann McCabe, Ph.D., ABPP. 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

McCabe is an associate clinical professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and an affiliatefFaculty in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. She is also a pediatric psychologist in independent practice and has served on the editorial board for Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. Her current areas of scholarship include minors’ decision-making and health policy. 

McCabe represents SPP on the National Academies Forum on Promoting Children’s Wellbeing.  She is Chair of the APA Interdivisional Task Force for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and chair of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families – both of which include SPP.  She was chair of the Planning Group for two national interdisciplinary summits on child mental health in 2009 and 2013 (for which SPP was among the sponsors). She was director of the Office for Policy and Communications for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) where she oversaw bridging research with policy and practice and directed the SRCD Congressional and Executive Branch policy fellowship programs. Previously, she was the director of Health Psychology and director of Training in Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center.

She has previously received the Inaugural SCCAP Award for Promoting Evidence Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents; the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice for outstanding achievement in the promotion of the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults; and an APA Presidential Citation for her work in advocating for national, science-based policies and practices to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and their families.

SPP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity

The SPP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology was given to Roger Harrison, Ph.D.,

Harrison is a pediatric psychologist with Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University and completed internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

In his clinical roles, Harrison currently supervises and trains graduate practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows at Nemours. He provides psychological services to patients and consultation to pediatric primary care providers in the primary care clinics affiliated with A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. He is a co-founder and co-chair of the DREAM IPC Conference, a national biennial conference in Wilmington, Delaware, that focuses on pediatric integrated primary care. Within the hospital outpatient setting, he conducts psychological testing for youth with severe mood and/or thought disorders and directs the Parent Child Conduct Clinic, a parent and child group therapy program offered to families of children with behavioral and/or attention concerns.

Harrison currently serves as Delaware Psychological Association’s diversity delegate to APA, participating in the APA’s annual Practice Leadership Conference (PLC). He is chair of the Delaware Psychological Association’s diversity subcommittee. At Nemours, he Harrison co-chairs the Division of Behavioral Health’s diversity subcommittee and facilitates experiential cultural diversity seminars for interns and faculty members.

Harrison enjoys lecturing and offering presentations to medical and allied health professionals, medical residents, teachers, parents and students on various topics, including cultural and diversity themes, integrated behavioral health, behavior management, ADHD and executive functioning, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression.