Grants and Awards


Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award

In 2013, the Board of Directors of SSCP created the Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award. This award is dedicated to the memory of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Chair and Professor of Psychology at Yale University and SSCP member, who was known during her career as an outstanding clinical research scientist and a strong advocate and mentor to many students in clinical psychology. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema passed away on January 2, 2013. 

 

The winner of this award will come from the ranks of members of SSCP in good standing who are within 8 years of their Ph.D.  Outstanding early career research scientists are those who have provided exceptional contributions to the science of clinical psychology in one or more content areas. This could include one or more of the following:  groundbreaking conceptual or theoretical approaches to a problem, innovative methodological contributions, or highly significant and impactful empirical findings.

In addition to the above description, nominees will be evaluated on multiple criteria, including but not limited to publications, grants, awards, presentations, and positions attained since the receipt of their Ph.D.

 

Consideration also will be given to the statements of nominees’ current and former professional colleagues and mentors about the nominee’s research prominence and impact in the field of clinical psychology.

 

Nominators should submit applications by email as a single document to the current SSCP President. Applications should include: (a) a cover letter nominating a particular individual for the award; (b) a statement of the reasons why the nominee is considered to be outstanding, consistent with the definition and criteria provided above; (c) the nominee’s CV; and (d) a minimum of two additional letters (in addition to the cover nominating letter) from current or former professional colleagues in support of the application.

 

Application packages should be received by February 1.

 

The winner will be announced in the following 4-6 weeks, and the award will be given at the SSCP Annual Meeting of Members (May if at APS or August if at APA). Alternatively, it may be given as part of the Opening Ceremonies of the larger meetings, as is currently done for the Distinguished Scientist Award at APS. Awardees will receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium.

Outstanding SSCP Student Researcher Award Nomination Guidelines

 

SSCP is accepting nominations for the Outstanding SSCP Student Researcher Award. This award is intended to recognize outstanding graduate students who are providing exceptional contributions to the science of clinical psychology. One student will be selected based upon his/her research contributions to the field (see below for examples). Selected students will be featured in the Outstanding SSCP Student section of the SSCP Newsletter.

 

Applications must be received by September 15, 2014. 

Notification of award made in October, 2014.

 

Eligibility:

Only graduate students (including students on internship) will be considered for this round of nominations. Graduate students must be student members of SSCP. The annual student membership fee in SSCP is $15. The membership application form can be downloaded or submitted on-line at: https://sites.google.com/site/sscpwebsite/membership

 

Nomination packages: Students may be nominated by their advisor, or may self-nominate. Please send nomination packages to SSCP Student Representative Victoria Smith (vsmith@umd.edu).  The application should include the following. 

 

1.      The Outstanding SSCP Student Award Cover Sheet and a cover letter

2.      A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s advisor, which should be sent directly by the advisor to the email address above. The letter of recommendation should specifically speak to characteristics that make this individual stand out as an outstanding researcher. 

a.       Examples include:

  i.      Student has published articles in peer review journals that advance the science of clinical psychology.

   ii.      Student has received grant(s) to conduct research that advance the science of clinical psychology.  If student has applied for grant(s) or aided advisor in applying for grant(s), this can also be noted.

  iii.      Student has received award(s) for their research or presentations of research at the university, regional, or national level.

   iv.      Student has presented poster, paper, or symposium presentations that advance the science of clinical psychology.

  v.      Student helps serve as a reviewer in the peer review process.

 vi.      Student has made an unusually advanced theoretical contribution in their work.

3.      A biography written by the student summarizing the student’s research contributions (500 words maximum).

4.      The nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae

 

Please include the entire application, including cover letter, in one document file.


Distinguished Scientist Award
Past Awardees


The SSCP Distinguished Scientist Award is given each year to an individual (who need not be an SSCP member) who has made an extremely important career contribution to the science of clinical psychology. A list of previous award winners appears on the SSCP Web Site (https://sites.google.com/site/sscpwebsite/awards/distinguished-scientist-awardees). 

 

The award winner will be invited to present a talk at the APS (or possibly APA) annual meeting and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. 

 

Nominating individuals for this award is easy, and we strongly encourage you to do so.

 

E-mail us with the individual's name, CV, and a brief (no more than 1 page) description of why you believe she or he is deserving of the award. Specifically, it will be most helpful if you can describe the individual's accomplishments that are most relevant to the contribution to the science of clinical psychology. Self-nominations are welcome. Please e-mail these nominations to the current SSCP President. Members of the SSCP board will review applications and select the award recipient. The deadline for the award nomination is October 31.


Dissertation Grant Award

SSCP Dissertation Grant Award Applications Due Nov. 15, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for SSCP Dissertation Grant Awards. These awards are intended to both recognize and support students who have already received approval for their dissertation project. Accordingly, in addition to the evaluation of the proposal as a whole, we will also consider what additional sources of funding have been received in the context of the overall estimated cost of the project.  Awards will be in the amount of $500. It is anticipated that up to 5 grants will be funded. Eligibility requirements and application instructions are listed below.

 

Applications must be received by November 15, 2014.

Notification of awards will be made in early January of 2015.

 

Eligibility requirements:

1.     Student member of SSCP. The membership application form can be downloaded or submitted on-line at: www.sscpweb.org

2.     Current enrollment in an APA or CPA approved doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (or the applicant must provide evidence, such as a letter from the DCT, that the program is in the process of applying for approval).

3.     Dissertation proposal approved by applicant’s department (verified in advisor’s letter).

 The application should include the following:

  1. Cover letter indicating applicant’s name, school affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, title of the project, and a statement that dissertation proposal has been approved.

2.     Research Plan (MAXIMUM OF 5 SINGLE-SPACED PAGES IN 12-POINT TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT WITH ONE INCH MARGINS, INCLUDING REFERENCES).

A.    Specific Aims. List broad objectives and what the specific research proposed in this application is intended to accomplish.

B.    Background and Significance. Briefly sketch the background leading to the present application, critically evaluate existing knowledge, and specifically identify the gaps that the project is intended to fill.

C.    Preliminary studies. Use this section to provide an account of applicant’s preliminary studies (if any) pertinent to the application and/or any other information that will help establish the experience and ability of the applicant to pursue the proposed project.

D.    Research Design and Methods. Describe the research design and the procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.

3.     Abstract. (MAXIMUM OF 250 WORDS, the abstract page does NOT count towards the 5 page maximum for the research plan).

  1. Outline of budget and listing of additional sources of funding. (How do you propose to spend the award? What funding have you already received? To which additional sources of funding have you applied?) MAXIMUM OF 1 PAGE.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A brief letter from dissertation advisor confirming your good standing in the program and stating that the dissertation prospectus has been approved. This should not be a letter of recommendation; rather it should just confirm your good standing in the program and that your dissertation proposal has been approved.  This letter should be sent directly from the advisor to lalloy@temple.edu

Submit application electronically to Dr. Lauren B. Alloy at lalloy@temple.edu.

Please include the entire application, including cover letter, in one document file.

The advisor’s letter should be sent directly by the advisor. A confirmation of receipt will be sent within 2 business days.

 

Student Poster Award


The 2015 SSCP Student Poster Award Competition will take place at the 27th

APS Annual Convention, May 21-24, 2015 – New York, NY, USA

 

The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) hosts an annual student poster session at the APS Annual Convention.  Those receiving the top award receive $200.  Winners of the "Distinguished Contributions" Award receive $100.  A year complimentary membership in APS is also awarded to winners in the two categories.  The number of awardees is at the discretion of the reviewers.  The total amount of cash awarded in 2014 was ~$1,500.

 

To be eligible to submit an SSCP poster, the first author of the poster must be a student and must be a member of SSCP at the time of submission. Submissions to the SSCP student poster session must be completed by January 31, 2015.  You will also be contacted by email in April to submit a copy of the final version of your poster by May 10, 2015.

 

The SSCP poster submission can be in any area within scientific clinical psychology (e.g., the etiology or correlates of psychopathology, assessment/diagnosis, clinical judgment, psychiatric classification, psychotherapy process or outcome, prevention, psychopharmacology). The research and analyses presented in the poster submission must describe results (i.e., submissions containing such language as "Data will becollected...." will not be considered). Please be sure to provide enough relevant detail in the summary so that reviewers can adequately judge the originality of the study, the soundness of the theoretical rationale and design, the quality of the analyses, the appropriateness of the conclusions, and so on.

 

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Thomas Olino at thomas.olino@temple.edu.

 

Here is the link for those of you who are interested:

 

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/convention/call-for-submissions/rules-guidelines#idb

 

 

Registration Information:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/registration.cfm#.UpXds9Jwq8A

 

More APS Convention Information:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/convention#.UpXdu9Jwq8A

Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative


A message from the SSCP Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative Committee:

The SSCP Clinical Scientist Training Initiative was created in 2011 to support innovative efforts to advance the integration of science into clinical training programs at all levels. In 2014, this initiative was dedicated to the memory of Varda Shoham, who held positions at Arizona State University and the National Institute of Mental Health, and was a renowned champion of clinical science and a past President of SSCP. Dr. Shoham passed away on March 18, 2014.

Winners of this award (typically 3 per year) will be training programs (predoctoral/graduate, practicum/externship, internship, or postdoctoral levels) offering especially innovative, transformative, or impactful proposals to improve scientifically-grounded training.  Funds are intended to support programs in launching new projects or supporting ongoing initiatives that are designed to more effectively integrate science and practice into their training program.

Typically, faculty and senior staff apply for this award, but it is also possible for students to apply so long as their application clearly has the support of their department. 

Applications will be evaluated in terms the feasibility of the proposal, the likelihood that clinical science will be enhanced, and sustainability (including institutional support) after completion of the project. Special consideration will be given to training programs that are new or can demonstrate a recent development towards science-practice integration and those that bring clinical science to underrepresented populations. Programs that have applied previously but were not funded are especially encouraged to apply.

Application packages should be emailed as a single document to sscp.traininginitiative@gmail.com.  Please see the Grant Application for information on required content of applications and specific submission details. Inquires should also be addressed to sscp.traininginitiative@gmail.com.

Application packages should be received no later than March 31. Winners will be notified within 4-6 weeks, and awards will be announced in the SSCP Listserv, Newsletter, and website. Awards will be made up to $1,500, are non-renewable, and will be distributed in the summer following award announcement. 

Lawrence H. Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award


The SSCP Lawrence H. Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award was initiated in 2013 and is dedicated to the memory of Lawrence H. Cohen, Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware and SSCP member, who was known during his career as a strong advocate and mentor to many students in clinical psychology. The 2014 recipient was Dr. Constance Hammen, Professor of Psychology, UCLA.

 

The winner of this award will come from the ranks of members of SSCP in good standing with substantial experience mentoring clinical psychology graduate students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychological science. Outstanding mentors are those who have provided exceptional guidance through leadership, role modeling, advising, supervision, instruction, advocacy, and other activities aimed at providing opportunities for scientific growth, professional development, and networking.

 

Nominees will be evaluated on these criteria, as well as the accomplishments of their current and former doctoral students, interns and/or postdoctoral fellows in terms of award, grants, publications, presentations, and positions attained upon completion of their training, etc. However, these criteria will be weighed in the context of the mentor nominee’s stage of career. Strong consideration will be given to the statements of nominees’ current and former doctoral students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows about their mentor’s qualitative and specific impact on their professional training and development.

 

Appropriate nominators are current or past trainees of the mentor. Fellow colleagues may nominate a mentor as well, if they have sufficient knowledge of the mentoring practices of the nominee.

 

Nominators should submit applications by email to the current SSCP president as a single document. Applications should include: (a) a cover letter nominating a particular individual for the award; (b) a statement of the reasons why the nominee is considered to be outstanding, consistent with the definition and criteria provided above; (c) a list of present and past students, interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows and their current positions; and (d) a minimum of three letters from these former mentees in support of the application (two if the nominator is a former mentee).

 

Application packages should be received no later than March 1. The winner will be announced in the following 4-6 weeks, and the award will be given at the SSCP Annual Meeting of Members (May if at APS or August if at APA). Alternatively, it may be given as part of the Opening Ceremonies of the larger meetings, as is currently done for the Distinguished Scientist Award at APS. Awardees will receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium.

 

Please consider nominating yourself or your mentor for this important award.