The Section on Child Maltreatment Dissertation Award

A $400 award will be given to a graduate student to assist with expenses in conducting dissertation research on the topic of child maltreatment.


Sponsor: Division 37


The Section on Child Maltreatment awards a $400 grant to one successful graduate student applicant to assist with expenses in conducting dissertation research on the topic of child maltreatment. The award includes a 1-year membership in the Section on Child Maltreatment.


Applicants should be graduate students who are preparing to conduct their dissertations. Applicants need not be current members of the Section on Child Maltreatment.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following:

  • one letter of interest, indicating how the applicant would use the award funds toward the completion of the dissertation research
  • a 100-word abstract
  • a proposal of the research to be conducted, not to exceed five double-spaced pages (including tables, references, etc.)

Please submit applications by April 16, 2021, to: Stephanie Block, PhD, past president, Section on Child Maltreatment.

Applicants will be notified of the decision in May. The award will be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Past Recipients


Karissa DiMarzio, Florida International University, “A Dimensional Approach to Understanding Emotional Neglect and its Impact on Children's Psychosocial Development: A Mixed Methods Study”


Caitlyn Owens, North Carolina State University, “Promoting Positive Future Expectations in Maltreated Adolescents: A Closer Examination of the Role of Parent-youth Relationships and School Engagement”


Justin Harty, University of Chicago, "Experiences of Fatherhood Among Young Black Fathers Under the Care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services"


Lindsay Huffhines, University of Kansas, "Childhood Adversity and Systemic Inflammation in Youth Foster Care: The Role of Family Cohesion"


Samantha Brown, University of Denver, "A Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Improve Family Functioning Among Child Welfare-Involved Families with Substance Use"


Helen Milojecich, University of California, Irvine, "The Role of Maltreatment on Adolescents’ Development of Emotional Competence"


Deborah Alley, University of California, Davis, "Priming a Sexual Stereotype: Influences on Adults’ Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse Victims"


Jessica Dym Bartlett, Tufts University, "Young Mothers, Infant Neglect, and Discontinuities in Intergenerational Cycles of Maltreatment"


Angelique Day, Western Michigan University, "An Examination of Post-Secondary Educational Access, Retention, and Success of Foster Care Youth"


Julie Laura Cohen, University of Arizona, "Enhancing Retention of Foster Parents: The Role of Motivational Interviewing"


Tisha Wiley, University of Illinois at Chicago, "The Effects of Child Maltreatment and Environmental Stability on Children’s Trajectories of Aggressive Behavior"


Stephanie Block, University of California, Davis, "Developmental and Individual Differences in DRM Memory”


Shadi Houshyar, Yale University, "Resilience in Maltreated Children"


David Zielinski, Cornell University,"Child Maltreatment and Adult Socioeconomic Outcomes: The Meditational Role of Psychopathology"


Amanda Schweder, Yale University, "Behavior Problems in Maltreated Children Removed from their Homes: Risk and Protective Factors"


Nicole E. Marcus, University of Miami

Last updated: March 2021Date created: October 2014