The Section on Child Maltreatment supports three awards:
Click here for announcements regarding nominations for the 2010 Dissertation Award and Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice.
Child Maltreatment Dissertation Award
Beginning in 2000, the Section established a Dissertation Award on Child
Maltreatment. Recipients of the award receive $400 to help defray the
costs of their dissertation research on child maltreatment.
The 2010 Dissertation Award Winner:
Julie Laura Cohen (University of Arizona) for her
project, entitled "Enhancing Retention of Foster Parents: The Role of
Motivational Interviewing," is a longitudinal study using brief Motivational
Interviewing (MI) in order to try to significantly improve the retention and
The 2006 Dissertation Award Winner:
The 2003 Dissertation Award Winner:
The 2002 Dissertation Award Winners:
Elizabeth Pontari (Depaul Univ.), for her proposal entitled, "Good enough parenting: An exploratory study of the perceptions of juvenile court officials."
Amanda Schweder (Yale Univ.), for her proposal entitled, "Behavior problems in maltreated children removed from their homes: Risk and protective factors."
The 2001 Dissertation Award Winner:
Nicole E. Marcus (Department of Psychology, University of Miami), for her proposal entitled, "Dimensions of Marital Aggression and Children's Aggressive Schemas in Clinic-Referred Families."
The 2000 Dissertation Award Winners:
Nona E. (Beth) Bryant (Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida), for her proposal entitled, "Medical Foster Families: An Assessment of Their Characteristics and Needs."
Rebecca L. Wald (Department of Psychology, University of Iowa) for her proposal entitled, "Child Disability as a Potential Risk Factor for Maltreatment."
Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research/Practice in the Field of Child Maltreatment
Beginning in 2002, the Section instituted a new award to recognize researchers
and practitioners who have made substantial contributions to the field
within eight years of receiving a terminal degree and who have demonstrated
the potential to continue such contributions. The award will be given
to an outstanding new practitioner one year and to an outstanding new
researcher the next.
Kimberly Mitchell, Ph.D., a research assistant professor of psychology and the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center.
The 2002 Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice:
Kristin Kenefick of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center.
The Section on Child Maltreatment Undergraduate Research Award
in 2003,the Section has offered an award to undergraduate students who
have completed outstanding research papers on child maltreatment.