Cultivating Healing, Advocacy, Nonviolence, Growth, and Equity (CHANGE) Grant

New Grant Deadline: April 30, 2023

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Description: The purpose of this grant is to support student or early career psychologist (ECP; i.e., 10 years within receipt of their degree) led collaborative projects aimed at identifying and dismantling all forms of systemic racism, discrimination, and violence. Examples include projects focused on the following:
• Improving transdisciplinary and intervention research methods and approaches addressing trauma disparities
• Understanding the historical and ongoing sociopolitical and systemic causes, mechanisms, consequences and solutions to racial trauma and health disparities
• Identifying the ways in which individuals identifying as BIPOC and their communities thrive
• Developing trauma-informed, culturally tailored and sustainable programs that promote well-being
• Providing access to trauma psychology information and services to underserved individuals and communities
• Restorative justice practices

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Division 56 CHANGE Grant Award Winners for 2020

Examination of the Migration Experiences and Mental Health Needs of Unaccompanied Minors Who are Resettled in the United States –  Maria Jimenez-Salazar

Continual Collective Betrayal Trauma: Gendered and Racialized Police Violence toward the Black Community – Melissa Barnes

Surviving COVID-19: Risk and Resilience Factors for Black Adults – Jasmin Brooks

An Experimental Vignette Study on Race, Harm Severity, College Discipline, and Restorative Justice – Terrill Taylor

Protecting mental well-being among racial justice activists of color at predominantly White institutions – Christin Mujica

Resilience, action, and hope: A qualitative exploration of sociopolitical development, and academic goal development among Black and Latinx adolescent girls – Taina Quiles

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Division 56 Awards DeadlineApril 30, 2023  (Dissertation Award nomination due May 15)

Division 56 awards will be presented at the APA Convention in Minneapolis this August! 

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology: This award recognizes distinguished contributions to psychological practice. It may be given for the development of a highly effective intervention, for contributions to practice theory, or for a sustained body of work in the field of trauma psychology practice.

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology: This award recognizes distinguished contributions to scientific research. It may be given in recognition of a particular discovery or for a sustained body of research and scholarship.

Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology: This award recognizes sustained contributions of leadership in the field of trauma psychology.

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist: This award recognizes psychologists in the early stages of their careers who have shown outstanding achievement or who have made outstanding contributions to the study of psychological trauma. Nominees' contributions may be in the areas of clinical practice/research and writing or basic/applied empirical research. Nominees should have earned their degree no more than 10 years prior to the year in which they are nominated.

Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology: This award recognizes the creators of media presentations for lay audiences that educate the public in a scientifically sound manner about the psychology of trauma.Any kind of work available in any form is eligible (e.g., written word, film, video, web, graphics). Fiction and non-fiction representations are equally welcome. Nominations should include the names of the creator(s) of the work being nominated, as well as either a sample of the work being nominated, or a web address for the nominated work, or both.

Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology: This award recognizes a senior distinguished psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to science, practice, advocacy, and/or education/training over the course of his/her career. These contributions would be at such a level that they have advanced the field of trauma psychology.

Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma PsychologyThis award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation defended in the prior academic year on a topic in the field of trauma psychology. Quantitative qualitative and theoretical dissertations are all welcome. To nominate a dissertation please send the complete dissertation, student's CV, an affirmation from Chair that the dissertation has been approved, and a short evaluation form filled out by student (see below). Submissions for this award are due by May 15, 2023.

Evaluation form (to be completed by student):
1.     What about this project is particularly meritorious? (unique sample, innovative design, new types of analysis, etc.)
2.     How might the work have an impact on the field?
3.     What obstacles were overcome to bring this dissertation to its successful finish (financial, methodological problems, access to subjects, access to analysis)?
4.     What is your publication plan for this work?

Applying is easy! Just submit a CV plus one nominating letter (only one letter per application please). Send all applications in pdf form to Teri Carper at