Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant

Deadline: October 1,2017
Sponsor: Division 54

This grant is designed to enable a student member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology to pursue research scholarship. Funding is available up to $5,000. Up to $500 of the award amount can be budgeted for convention and meeting travel. Funds may not be used for indirect costs of the University, stipends of principal investigators or costs associated with manuscript preparation.

New this year: Up to $1,000 will also be provided to the runner-up to support their proposed research.


This award is for current student members of SPP in full-time psychology graduate programs (i.e., graduate students or interns) conducting research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award. The research project for which funding is requested must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor and may include work leading to a master's or doctoral degree or may be an independent study. Research proposals should address areas consistent with the field of pediatric psychology. Topic examples might include relationships between psychological and physical well-being of children and adolescents, including behavioral and emotional components of disease and treatment, the role of pediatric psychology in pediatric medical settings or the promotion of health and the prevention of illness among children and youth. Please see our rating form (PDF, 71KB) for more information on the criteria on which the grant will be judged.

Interested applicants should submit by email the following:

A single Word document to include the following:

  • An abstract of 100 words or less, summarizing the proposed research

  • A maximum four-page, single-spaced proposal that describes the following:

  • Project objectives, aims and hypotheses 

  • Relevant literature review 

  • Design, method and procedures 

  • Data analytic plan 

  • References

The project's relevance to pediatric psychology should be specifically addressed.  A detailed budget that includes specific item amounts and budget justification for each item should also be included. If the project will require more than the $5,000 requested, please include an explanation of the expected sources of the remaining funds necessary to complete the project; A statement regarding the qualifications of the student investigator, past relevant research/training and a statement regarding membership in Div. 54; and the faculty supervisor must write a letter of recommendation to accompany the student's application. Applications should be emailed as one PDF document to Eleanor Mackey, PhD.

Winner Requirements

The award winner is required to submit a progress report to the SPP Executive Committee (contact Eleanor Mackey, 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.

2016: Co-Winners: Lila Pereira (Mentor: Robert Russell, PhD); Lara Genik (Mentor: C. Meghan McMurtry, PhD)

2015: Co-winners: Casey Lawless, Julia Carmody

2014: Bridget Armstrong

2013: Bridget Armstrong; Nicole Racine (Honorable Mention)

2012: Kathryn Birnie and Molly Mishler Thomason (Honorable Mention)

2011: Jason Van Allen and Megan Crawford (Honorable Mention)

2010: Christopher Fitzgerald and Shannon Hourigan (Honorable Mention)

2009: Melanie Noel and Lauren Daniels (Honorable Mention)

2008: Brandon Aylward

2007: Katie Devine

2006: Jean Mennuti-Washburn and Allison Wallin

2005: Debra Huss

2004: Coleen Lukens

2003: Mariella Lane

2002: Jill MacLaren

2001: Alicia McAuliffee

2000: Christine Chambers

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