APA SfHP Graduate Student Research Awards

The Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association) sponsors five graduate student awards each year to support new research. Each award is for $1500.

FOUR OF THE AWARDS MAY COVER ANY TOPIC IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING TOPIC AREAS:

  • Etiology, promotion and maintenance of health;
  • Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical illness;
  • Psychological, social, emotional and behavioral factors in physical illness;
  • Child health psychology;
  • Health care systems and health policy

ONE OF THE AWARDS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR RESEARCH ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES

Health disparities are defined as “differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population group” (National Institutes of Health). In particular, the award for health disparities research is intended to support research focusing on various health conditions that are more prevalent, serious, or specific to disadvantaged and medically underserved groups, or on healthcare inequities relevant to these groups, specifically, ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas.

DEADLINE

Proposals will be reviewed on an annual basis and must be received by January 15 in each year, with notification of award made in March.

ELIGIBILITY

The award competition is open to full-time students enrolled in any degree conferring-graduate program in psychology. The program is not required to be a Health Psychology program. To be eligible to receive the award, students must be current members of the Society of Health Psychology. Research awards are typically used to fund students’ thesis or dissertation research, but this is not a requirement of the support mechanism. Students may submit only per year.