SPP Diversity Research Grant

Deadline: October 15,2020
Sponsor: Division 54

To highlight the importance of diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care, the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) has established a $5,000 research grant available to members of the Society who are predoctoral students or postdoctoral fellows. Funds are available to conduct pediatric psychology research that integrates diversity-related variables, such as culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language differences, socioeconomic status, and/or religiosity. Other aspects of diversity may be considered. Applicants will need to provide sufficient rationale for those areas in the cover letter to their submission. Examples of possible topic areas include, but are not limited to, health disparities, stigma, and culturally-relevant assessment and intervention.


Applicants must be predoctoral students or posdoctoral fellows who are members of the Society. Funding is available up to $5000. Up to $500 of the award can be allocated in the budget to support conference travel. Funds are not provided for indirect costs to the institution, investigator stipends, or costs associated with manuscript preparation. As in previous years, one winner will be selected. However, a second place award of up to $1,000 may be provided to the runner-up to support their proposed study. Funds will not be released to an awardee until documentation verifying institutional approval to conduct the study is received (e.g., IRB approval letter). The grant recipient is required to provide a project summary, including a financial report, upon completion of the project year.


Proposals should be limited to four pages, must be submitted electronically in one file 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. A faculty research mentor should be listed in the cover letter.

  • 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 would present and/or publish the findings from the proposed research. For example, disseminating through the SPP newsletter, submission to JPP or CPPP, presentation at SPPAC, dissemination to a particular community of interest, etc.

  • 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 the project, which includes background and purpose of the study, proposed methodology including analyses, predictions, time-line, and implications of the research (reference section not part of 4-page limit).

3. A detailed budget describing how funds will be used including supplies, participant remuneration, and conference travel. Funds are not provided for indirect costs of the applicant’s institution, stipends of principal investigators, or costs associated with manuscript preparation. If proposed studies have or will seek other funding sources, these should be clearly described here (not part of 4-page limit).

4. A plan for how the PI will carve out the research time to carry out the proposed study. This may be included in the letter of support from the faculty mentor (see below).

5. The applicant’s current curriculum vitae (not part of 4-page limit).

6. The faculty research mentor must provide a curriculum vitae and letter of support for the applicant and proposed study (not part of 4-page limit).

*Note: Applications should not include any other materials or appendices.

Applications are due each year by October 15, and should be submitted (in one file, .docx or pdf format) to:

Melissa Santos, PhD
Member at Large, Diversity
*Please include "SPP Diversity Research Grant" in the Subject Line


Dorothy Loren, PhD; Development and Validation of a Screening Measure to Promote Equitable Stepped Care in the Treatment of Pediatric Needle Fear
Research Mentors: Joanna Patten, PhD, and Meghan McMurtry, PhD

Jessy Guler, M.S.; Understanding the Physical Health Problems Experienced by Refugee Parent-Child Dyads Exposed to Trauma: A Mixed Methods Study
Research Mentor: Eric Vernberg, PhD

Rebecca Kamody, PhD; Examining Disordered Eating and Weight Disparities Among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
Research Mentor: Christy Olezeski, PhD

Jamie Neiman, M.A.; Parent Executive Functioning, Adherence, and Health Outcomes in Infants and Toddlers with Sickle Cell Disease 
Research Mentor: Steven Hardy, PhD, and David Haaga, PhD


Kristina Tatum, M.S.; Understanding Racial/Ethnic Minority Parents’ Perceptions Towards School-Based BMI Screening and Parent Notification 
Research Mentor: Jessica Valenzuela, PhD

Amanda Stone, M.S.; Parental Pain Beliefs and Behaviors as Risk and Resilience Factors in Youth with Sickle Cell Disease
Research Mentors: Cynthia Karlson, PhD and Anna Wilson, PhD

Wade McDonald, M.S.; Assessing Healthcare Providers' Attitudes Toward Sexual and Gener Minority Youth and Knowledge of Health Disparities
Research Mentor: Melissa A. Faith Roop, PhD

Ashley Marchante, M.S.; Giving Voice to Underserved, Foreighn-Born Latino Youth: Trauma, Stress, and Health in the Primary Care Setting
Research Mentor: Annette La Greca, PhD

Alvina Rosales, PhD; Preoperative Anxiety among Latino Youth
Featured in SPP's Progress Notes - June 2016

Previous Awardees
2013: Erin Rodriguez, PhD
2012: Kristin Long, PhD
2011: Cynthia Karlson, PhD
2010: Elizabeth Pulgaron, PhD
2009: Rachel Moore, PhD
2008: Kristoffer Berlin, PhD


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