Pearson Early Career Grant

$12,000 to support early career psychologists to work in an area of critical social need.

Sponsor: APF; Pearson


The Pearson Early Career Grant encourages early career clinicians to work in an area of critical societal need. Pearson partnered with APF to ensure psychology addresses critical needs in society. One $12,000 grant is available.

The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to innovative scientifically based clinical work with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and adults with serious mental illness (SMI); and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to under-served populations.

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Applicants should be:

  • Psychologists with an EdD, PsyD or PhD from an accredited university.

  • No more than ten years postdoctoral.

How to Apply

Submission Process

Past Recipients

Arielle Baskin-Sommers, PhD, Yale University 


Araceli Gonzalez, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles


Kristyn Zajac, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
"Improving Vocational Supports for Transition Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Concerns" 


Aaron Lyon, PhD, University of Washington


Daryn David, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine


Daniel Antonius, PhD, New York University School of Medicine