This year’s winner is an outstanding student who has made contributions to the pediatric psychology field through research, clinical work, teaching, and service
Meghan E. McGrady is a sixthyear graduate student at the University of Cincinnati under the mentorship of Monica Mitchell, PhD She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the O’Grady Residency in Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
McGrady’s research interests include examining illness representations in adolescents with asthma and type 1 diabetes as well as adherence work with pediatric sickle cell disease and diabetes patients. Her dissertation, funded by an APA Division 38 grant, examines how illness representations influence symptoms of depression and anxiety, adherence, and ultimately, glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
McGrady is recognized as an outstanding student who has made contributions to the pediatric psychology field through research, clinical work, teaching, and service. Clinically, she has gained experiences with a number of pediatric populations in the medical setting.
She is currently applying for postdoctoral fellowships. In the future, she hopes to continue to pursue her research interests as a clinical researcher in an academic medical center.