Division 53 Student Achievement Award

This award recognizes one undergraduate, one early-stage graduate student and two later-stage graduate students for contributions to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology, primarily through a research project but also through teaching, mentoring, clinical work and other forms of community engagement.

Sponsor: Division 53


The Student Advisory Board of Div. 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) is pleased to invite applications for our seventh annual Student Achievement Award. This year there will be two types of awards: Student Achievement Awards in Research and the Graduate Student Achievement Award in Clinical Practice. 

Awardees will receive $1000 each. Awardees will also be recognized on the Div. 53 website as well as in the Div. 53 newsletter with a picture and summary spotlighting their work. Applicants must be a member of Div. 53 to apply for these awards. Div. 53 is free to join for students. 


The research awards will recognize one undergraduate student, one early-stage graduate student (for students in the first three years of doctoral training or in Master’s programs), and two late-stage graduate students. We seek to recognize students who have made a significant contribution to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology, primarily through work on a recent research project but also through teaching, mentoring, clinical work, and other forms of community engagement. Undergraduates will also be evaluated based on their academic achievement.

This award is open to all undergraduate students, and to graduate students in APA or CPA-accredited master- and doctoral-level programs. Students who have previously received another APA award for the same research project are not eligible for this award.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  • A one- to two-page letter (12 point font, double-spaced) describing the contributions you have made to clinical child and adolescent psychology. The focus should be on a recent research project that is either in progress or completed. Please also include information regarding activities in teaching, clinical or volunteer work as well as how you and/or your research would add to the diversity (broadly defined) of award winners.
  • A sample of the research project in the form of an abstract, poster or summary. Only one research sample should be submitted, and it should be no longer than two pages. Please clearly indicate authorship order. 
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae including any presentations or publications; involvement in research, clinical work and service activities; and overall and psych GPAs for undergraduate students. 
  • A letter from a faculty member. Please note this letter should be emailed to us directly from your faculty advisor.

All nominations and supporting materials for the graduate and undergraduate award must be received on or before May 30, 2018. Materials should be emailed. If you have questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process, please contact this same email address.

Past Recipients
  • Alayna Park
  • Davielle Lakind
  • Amy Rapp
  • Kendal Reeder
  • Claire Gorey
  • Karen Guan
  • Natalia Husby
  • Jessica Schleider
  • Aubrey Carpenter
  • Pauline Goger
  • Chloe Greenbaum
  • Monica Wu
  • Adam Miller
  • Justin Parent
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Carlos Yeguez
  • Stephen Becker
  • Kelly Donahue
  • Daryaneh Badaly
  • Kate Humphries
  • Leticia Osterberg
  • Traci Kennedy
  • Kaitlin Gallo
  • John Guerry
  • Matthew Lerner
  • Zack Adams
  • Veronica Kassab
  • Lisa Sperle