Abidin Early Career Award and Grant

The award is intended to recognize and extend the work of an early career psychologist in psychopathology, prevention, assessment, treatment or public policy relative to child and adolescent development or mental health.


Sponsor: Division 53


The Richard “Dick” Abidin Early Career Award and Grant is intended to recognize an early career psychologist who has established a program of empirical research that has had a major impact on the field’s understanding of psychopathology, prevention, assessment, treatment or public policy relative to child and adolescent development or mental health. The grant is provided to enhance the awardee’s research program and/or to enable the awardee to initiate a new effort that extends their work.

The Abidin Early Career Award and Grant is named in honor of Dick Abidin, EdD, ABPP, the current treasurer and a long-time member of Div. 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psycology). Before the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology became Div. 53, Abidin served in other leadership roles of Div. 12's Section 1, including president and member-at-large. The division is very thankful to Abidin for his guidance and service and is pleased to honor him by creating this award.


The applicant must be a member of Div. 53 at the time of application.

  • The awardee shall be no more than 10 years postdoctoral degree at the time of nomination.
  • Elected officers of Div. 53 are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
How to Apply

Application requirements:

  1. A 3-5 page, double-spaced research statement highlighting the contribution and impact of their work on the field to date and the potential of their ongoing research. Impact of work must be evidenced by documentable, significant changes to practice or policy or conceptualization of youth mental health/illness. Numbers of publications, grants and other awards given to the applicant will not be considered evidence of impact. The successful awardee should address the question, “What about the field of clinical child and adolescent mental health is improved as a result of my research to date?” and “If awarded, how will the awardee extend their work in a new or expanded research project?”
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from a research colleague familiar with the nominee’s work and the other from an independent senior researcher in their area of work. Letters of recommendation may be no longer than 2 single-spaced pages.
  3. A recent copy of the nominee’s CV.
  4. A one-page budget statement of how the applicant would use the grant funds.

Documentation should be sent as one PDF document using the nominee’s name and the award name in the title (e.g., “Bob Smith Abidin Early Career Award and Grant”).

Failure to conform to any of the application requirements (over page limit, not double-spaced, not submitted as a single PDF) will result in automatic disqualification of the application.

Important Dates: Applications are due Dec. 1, 2018, (by 11:59 p.m. EST) and the award announcement will be made in March 2019. No late applications will be accepted. 

The winner will receive a $20,000 grant to continue their research efforts. The award will be announced in Div. 53's newsletter and website and APA's Monitor on Psychology, and an announcement will be sent to the awardee’s university or affiliated workplace. The awardee will be expected to present a talk on their work at the APA Annual Convention in the year of the award. Travel expenses to attend convention will be provided by the division.

Please direct any questions to Yo Jackson.