Rachel Wasserman, PhDWasserman Receives SPP's Targeted Research Grant

By Avani Modi, Ph.D.

I am pleased to report that the Targeted Research Grant Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology will fund Dr. Rachel Wasserman's grant submission. Her proposal exemplifies the goals of this program−namely, to fund young investigators whose work shows great potential for future major grant funding. These proposals were also in line with our priority areas, as specified in the Call for Proposals. These grants cover the period 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2020. We received 11 letters of intent, and we asked seven researchers to submit full proposals.

2020 Targeted Research Grant Winner PI: Rachel Wasserman, Ph.D.
Institution: Nemour’s Children’s Hospital
Title: Diabetes-Specific Risk-taking in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: A Measure Validation Study
Funding level: $20,000

Thank you to the following committee members for their work in reviewing the proposals:

Avani Modi, Chair
Meghan McGrady, Co-Chair
Robin Everhart
Alexandra Quittner
Elissa Jelalian
Christopher Cushing
Melanie Noel
Stacey Simon
Marisa Hilliard

In Spring of 2020, we will again be sending out a Call for "Letters of Intent" for our 2021 Targeted Research Grant cycle (for funding in 2021).

Congratulations to Dr. Wasserman!


Student Travel Award Winners

C. Eugene Walker Education Award in Pediatric Psychology

Ana El-Behadli, Ph.D.
Institution: Stanford University School of Medicine
Title: Culturally Informed Motivational Interviewing (MI) to Improve Oral Chemotherapy Adherence for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Patients and their Caregivers: A Feasibility and Acceptability Trial


SPP Travel Awards

Kathryn Behrhorst
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Title: Suicidal Ideation and Self-injury Prevalence and Impairment in an Urban Integrated Primary Care Clinic

Andrew McConville
Institution: University of Kansas
Title: Examining Factors Related to Attendance in a Video-Based Telemedicine Intervention for Parents of Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Savannah Davidson
Institution: University of Texas  
Title: SES, Social Support, and Depressive Symptoms in Parents of Children with Pediatric Cancer

Kathryn Cherry
Institution: University of Missouri, St. Louis
Title: Medical risk and maternal coping: Associations with behavior at age 2 among children born very preterm

Julia Zeroth
Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Title: Children’s Pain-Specific Gender Role Stereotypes and Gender Differences in Acute Pain Tolerance

Miranda Frank
Institution: Kent State University
Title: Food availability within the home environment and adolescent body mass index:  Does household food insecurity moderate this association?

Roya Amirniroumand
Institution: Nova Southeastern University
Title: Trends and Outcomes of a School-Based Campaign to Reduce Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students in Middle School

Stefanie Poehacker
Institution: Eastern Michigan University
Title: Helping NICU Mothers Cope: A Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-Based Intervention

Lendi Joy
Institution: University of South Florida
Title: Knowledge of Sexual and Gender Minority Healthcare Needs: A Formative Measurement Model

Christine Wu
Institution: Stanford University
Title: Depression and Global Health of Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Disease Across Disease Types and Race/Ethnicity

Mary Kate Dykes
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Title: Parental Affiliate Stigma, Parent Distress, and Child Depressive Symptoms in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Amy Lang
Institution: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 
Title: Experiences of symptom dismissal among emerging adults with chronic health conditions