News & Events


  • Call for Awards Nominations
    Please consider nominating your colleagues, mentors or heroes for Div. 37’s Nicholas Hobbs Award or Distinguished Contribution to Child Advocacy Award. Submit nominations soon. The deadline is rapidly approaching.
  • Call for Officer Nominations
    All voting members of Div. 37 may nominate individuals for office in Div. 37. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2019.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 APA Convention Poster Award winners
    • Cynthia Lang. "Relationship between gender and multiple informant reports of internalizing symptoms in adolescents." Texas A & M University
    • Sabrina R. Liu. "Patterns of Adversity and Pathways to Health among Ethnic Minority Youth." University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Section Poster Award Winner: Jordann Rawlins. "Coping Strategies Among Emancipated Foster Youth: Contributions of Placement Timing and Type." California State University, Northridge
  • Newly elected Div. 37 officers
    • President-Elect: Erlanger “Earl” Turner, clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Houston-Downtown
    • Member-at-Large - Task Force Coordinator & Diversity Issues: Mirian E. Ofonedu, adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Congratulations to our Div. 37 award winners
    Please attend the awards presentation on Sunday from 12-12:50 p.m. in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 5.
    • Student Dissertation Award
      Irene Tung
      University of California, Los Angeles
      Dissertation title: Multilevel Dynamics of Risk and Resilience in the Development and Plasticity of Youth Externalizing Behavior
    • Mark Chaffin Div. 37 Early Career Psychologist Research Award
      Dhara Meghani, PhD
      University of San Francisco
    • Mark Chaffin Div. 37 Early Career Psychologist Research Award, Honorable Mention
      Erin Hambrick, PhD
      University of Missouri—Kansas City
    • Early Career Psychologist Service Award
      Brandi Liles, PhD
      University of California, Davis
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  • Div. 37 was one of the sponsors for a congressional briefing, "School Violence, Safety and Well-being," convened by the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC). The briefing covered a full range of science-based strategies to substantially reduce and respond to all forms of school-based aggression and violence, as well as a specific talk on the data-driven strategies to reduce rates of gun-related homicides, suicides and rampage assaults. More information is available online.
  • Div. 37 co-sponsored a bipartisan congressional briefing on homelessness delivered by contributors to the 2017 Advances in Child and Family Policy Practice, Children and Family Well-Being and Homelessness. Videos of the presentations are available online.
  • A Message From the Division President
    President Jennifer Kaminski discusses her presidential strategy for 2018: Building, strengthening and leveraging our relationships. 
  • Div. 37 Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing
    The division recently co-sponsored a congressional briefing on preventing human trafficking. More information and access to videos from the briefing is available online.
  • Div. 37 Sponsors Workshop
    The division co-sponsored a free workshop on strategies that research-oriented professionals can use to support the use of research in policy in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2017. This full-day workshop covered:
      1. Research on barriers and facilitators of the use of empirical evidence in public policy (e.g., trusting relationships).
      2. Ways researchers can seek to engage in the legislative process while avoiding the “slippery slope” of lobbying regulations.
      3. Involve participants in a mock-response practice session with legislative staff.
  • Div. 37 Is Now an Affiliate of NPSC
    The Div. 37 board recently voted to become an affiliate of the National Prevention Science Coalition. NPSC promotes "the application of validated, science-based findings to wide-scale, effective implementation of prevention practices and policies" across various areas of concern. The coalition is composed of scientists and professionals across various disciplines, policy makers, community stakeholders, and funders. NPSC works, in a bipartisan manner, with Congress and various federal agencies to incorporate prevention science into their work.
  • Statement Regarding Hitting Children 
    The Div. 7 and 37 Task Force on Physical Punishment of Children released a statement on its views against the hitting children. 
  • Div. 37-sponsored Publication Seeks Board Members
    Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, a SpringerBriefs publication sponsored by Div. 37, seeks additional members for its editorial board.


127th APA Annual Convention
Aug. 8-11, 2019