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Abidin Early Career Award and Grant

Abidin Early Career Award and Grant  – $20,000

The Richard “Dick” Abidin Early Career Award and Grant is intended to recognize an early career psychologist who has established a program of empirical research that has had a major impact on the field’s understanding of psychopathology, prevention, assessment, treatment, or public policy relative to child and adolescent development or mental health. The grant is provided to enhance the awardee’s research program and/or to enable the awardee to initiate a new effort that extends his or her work.


  • The awardee shall be no more than 10 years post-doctoral degree at the time of nomination.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Elected Board Members of SCCAP Div 53 are not eligible
  • The nominee must be a member of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) at the time of application.

Application Requirements:

  • A 3-5 page, double-spaced research statement highlighting the contribution and impact of the applicant’s work in the field to date and the potential of the applicant’s ongoing research. Impact of work must be evidenced by documentable significant changes to practice or policy or conceptualization of youth mental health/illness. Numbers of publications, grants and other awards given to the applicant will not be considered evidence of impact.  The successful awardee should address the question “what about the field of clinical child and adolescent mental health is improved as a result of my research to date?” and “If awarded, how will the awardee extend his or her work in a new or expanded research project?”
  • 2 letters of recommendation, one from a research colleague familiar with the applicant’s work and the other from an independent senior researcher in the applicant’s area of work. Letters of recommendation may be no longer than 2 single-spaced pages.
  • A recent copy of the applicant’s CV.
  • A one-page budget statement of how the applicant would use the grant funds.
  • The applicant must be a member of SCCAP at the time of application.
  • Documentation should be emailed as one PDF document to using the applicant’s name and the award name in the file name (e.g., First name Last name Abidin Early Career Award). Failure to conform to any of the application requirements (over page limit, not double-spaced, not submitted as a single PDF) will result in automatic disqualification of the application.

Submission Deadline: Applications are due December 15 (by 11:59p.m. EST). The award announcement will be made in March. No late applications will be accepted.

The awardee will receive a $20,000 grant to continue his or her research efforts. The award will be announced in the SCCAP newsletter, listserv and website, the APA Monitor, and an announcement will be sent to the awardee’s university or affiliated workplace. The awardee will be expected to present a talk on his or her work at the APA annual convention in the year of the award. Travel expenses to attend the APA Convention will be provided by SCCAP. Abidin Award winners will be expected to contribute to the review of future Abidin Award applications.

Terms of the award: If award checks are written to an institution, college or university, no indirect costs are allowed for this award. This is considered an unrestricted gift; the only requirement is that the funds must be used for expenses associated with the award recipient’s research.

SCCAP encourages and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, ethnicity, disability, gender, geography, nationality, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D.

Abidin Early Career Award Chairs