Student Grants/Awards Announcements

Below are announcements for four SPP sponsored grants to support future or on-going research, as well as one award to honor completed research.


 The Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant

The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, has established this annual research scholar grant program for current student members of SPP in full-time psychology graduate programs (i.e. graduate students or interns) conducting research under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Research proposals should address areas consistent with the field of pediatric psychology. Funding is available up to $5000. Up to $500 of the award can be allocated in the budget to support conference attendance. One winner will be selected. A second place award of up to $1,000 will provided to the runner-up to support their proposed study.

Application deadline is October 15, 2021. 


Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience

This award was initiated to honor Mary Jo Kupst, PhD’s career contributions. This grant is designed to help facilitate trainee research that will provide a novel contribution and advance the field of pediatric psychology specifically in the area of resilience and/or family functioning. A yearly award of up to $1,000 is available to any graduate student, intern, or postdoctoral fellow who is a member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Application deadline is October 15, 2021. 


Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant

This grant is open to students and faculty to support clinical research related to the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents. Funding is available up to $5,000 and is sponsored jointly by APA Division 54 and the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

Application deadline is October 15, 2021.


Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology

This grant is made possible by a generous donation from Peggy Crawford, PhD and Dennis (“Denny”) Drotar, PhD. The award is open to postdoctoral fellows who are current members of the Society of Pediatric Psychology to support research related pediatric psychology under the guidance of a mentor. Funding is available up to $10,000 (for up to 2 years). Up to $1000 of the award may be allocated for travel related to research training, collaborations, or for presentation of research findings. Funds are not provided for indirect costs, stipends of the fellow or costs associated with manuscript preparation.

Application deadline is October 15, 2021. 




SPP Student Research Award Competition

The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, announces its Annual Student Research Competition to encourage and reward quality research on issues related to pediatric psychology and health care of children. This award is for completed research. An award of $1,000 will be made to the winner of the competition.  All of the research work must have been completed while the candidate was a graduate student, intern, or postdoctoral fellow.  The student must be the primary (first) author.

Application deadline is October 15, 2021. 


*Trainees can only receive one research grant during each training phase (i.e., one during graduate school and one during postdoctoral fellowship/internship). Further, while only one grant will be awarded to an individual trainee, if your research applications fit more than one call, trainees are allowed to apply to more than grant.

**In light of COVID19, we are requesting that each grant applicant include a brief one paragraph addendum (on a separate page) with their submission. This paragraph should describe the feasibility of completing the proposed research in a one year period given current restrictions at your institution.


All applications should be submitted as a single pdf document (except for the COVID19 addendum which should be submitted separately) and emailed to:

Idia Thurston, PhD