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Diane J. Willis Early Career Award

Apply for the Diane J. Willis Early Career Award, supporting psychologists who inform, advocate for, and improve the mental health and well-being of children and families through policy and service.

The Diane J. Willis Early Career Award is established with the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and supports talented young psychologists, making contributions towards informing, advocating for, and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families particularly through policy and service.

Program Goals
  • Advances public understanding of mental health and improve the well-being of children and families through advocacy, policy, and service.

  • Encourages promising early career psychologists to continue work in this area.

Funding Specifics

One $2,000 award Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be:

  • psychologists with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD from an accredited university .. no more than 7 years postdoctoral.

Evaluation Criteria
  • Nominations will be evaluated on conformance with stated program goals and qualifications stated above.

  • Magnitude of professional accomplishment in advancing public understanding of mental health and improves the well-being of children and families through policy and service.

Nomination Requirements
  • Nomination letter outlining the nominee’s career contributions.

  • Current CV

  • Two letters of support

 Submission Process and Deadline

Diane J. Willis Early Career Award

This award is named after Dr. Willis to honor her life-long advocacy on behalf of children and families. Dr. Willis’s work cuts across many areas including clinical child, pediatric, developmental and family psychology. Through her publications, clinical work and mentoring/teaching she has changed policy at the local, national and international level. She has advocated for children’s rights at the United Nations, developed programs on prevention and early intervention for Native American children living on reservations, and established services promoting the well-being of children with developmental disabilities, chronic illness, and those who have suffered from maltreatment.

This award is open to all Early Career Psychologists. It was established by Div. 37 in APF. Many individuals, including from Div. 53 and 54, contributed funds to honor Dr. Willis and make the award in her name.

About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.

APF encourages nominations from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to grant applicants or award nominees on their proposals or nominations.

Please contact Parie Kadir with questions.