SPP Diversity Research Grant

Deadline: October 1,2016
Sponsor: Division 54

To highlight the importance of diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care, SPP has established a $5,000 research grant available to members of the Society. Funds are available to conduct pediatric psychology research that features diversity-related variables, such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, language differences, socioeconomic status and/or religiosity. Other aspects of diversity may be considered.


Applicants may be students, fellows or early career faculty (i.e., within three years of appointment). Funds are not provided for indirect costs to the institution, stipends of principal investigators or costs associated with manuscript preparation.


Proposals should be limited to four pages, must be submitted electronically and include:

1. A brief cover letter containing the following information:

  • Principal Investigator. The letter should clearly identify the PI on the project and current rank. For multiple investigator projects, the letter should state who should receive the grant. Students must provide the name of a faculty research mentor for the proposed study and their contact information.

  • Membership status. Applicants must indicate that they are a current member of SPP, or are submitting their application for membership with their submission.

  • Contributions to diversity. The cover letter must clearly document how the submitted research project adds to the understanding of an aspect of diversity in pediatric psychology.

  • Plans to disseminate the information. The cover letter should explain how the applicant will present and/or publish the findings from the proposed research.

  • Contact information. The applicant must provide an email address and phone number through which they can be contacted.

2. A brief (2,000 word maximum) description of their project, which includes the purpose of the study, methodology, predictions and implications.

3. A detailed budget describing how funds will be used.

4. A current curriculum vitae.

5. Student applications must include a curriculum vitae of the faculty research mentor and a letter of support from the faculty mentor for the applicant and proposed study.

6. Applications should not include any other materials or appendices.

The annual deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

Applications should be submitted (as a Word attachment) to Anna-Maria Patino-Fernandez.

Winner Requirements

The award winner is required to submit a progress report to the SPP Executive Committee (contact David M. Janicke, PhD, for details) on progress/outcome of the project one year from the date of the award. Also, the award winner is required to include an acknowledgement of receipt of the award in any publication resulting from the study.


2014: Erin M. Rodriguez, PhD

2013: Kristin Long, PhD

2010: Elizabeth Pulgaron, PhD

2009: Rachel Moore, PhD

2008: Kristoffer Berlin, PhD


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