Pearson renews grant to help society’s neediest

Early career clinicians will receive $12,000 grants to work in an area of critical social need using innovative, scientifically based projects

Pearson, the world’s leading education company, has made a $54,000 gift to APF, to encourage young psychologists to help society’s most vulnerable. This gift is the second contribution Pearson has made to APF to help underserved populations through the power of psychology.

Early career clinicians can apply to receive a $12,000 grant to work in an area of critical social need using innovative, scientifically based projects. 

Positive impacts on people’s lives

In 2010, APF and Pearson supported Dr. Daniel Antonius, of the New York University School of Medicine, to develop and test a sensory stimulation device to help psychiatric patients learn to soothe themselves in the hopes of lowering the need to restrain agitated patients. Based on the success of this initial work in decreasing the need for restraints, the Integrative Health Division at the New York University School of Medicine has expressed interest in testing his device in other medically ill populations.

Last year, because of the APF Pearson Grant, Daryn David, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, was able to take a crucial first step toward developing parenting supports for young mothers diagnosed with mental illnesses. Dr. David talked about the grant’s impact: “The APF Pearson grant has been pivotal in launching my career as an independent scientist-practitioner. The knowledge I have gained through my research project will be invaluable as I move forward and work to address the parenting needs of mothers and fathers diagnosed with mental illnesses.”

The next APF Pearson grant will provide support for recipients to present their work at the APA Convention. 

Says Clay Richey, manager, Mental Health and Counseling Market at Pearson: “Pearson is excited to continue its partnership with the APF in sponsoring this annual Early Career Award. This award provides critical support to emerging researchers in the field and ensures that their important work can continue to advance in meaningful ways. We’re proud to be associated with such professionals and are looking forward to many years of partnership with the APF."