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Abidin Early Career Award and Grant (posted 1/22/17)

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.
 
Eligibility: The awardee shall be no more than 10 years post-doctoral degree at the time of nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted. 
 
Application Requirements:
  1. 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. 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.
  3. A recent copy of the applicant’s CV.
  4. A one-page budget statement of how the applicant would use the grant funds.
  5. The applicant must be a member of SCCAP at the time of application.
Documentation should be emailed as one PDF document to sccapdiv53@gmail.com using the applicant’s name and the award name in the subject heading (e.g., Bob Smith Abidin Early Career Award and Grant). 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 DeadlineApplications are due January 31st, 2018 (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 SCCAPAbidin Award winners will be expected to contribute to the review of future Abidin Award applications.


Congratulations 2017 to our Distinguished Career Award Winner (posted 6/2/17)

Richard Abidin, Ed.D.
 

Congratulations 2017 to our Abidin Early Award and Grant Winner (posted 6/2/17)

David Langer, PhD Boston University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Research Assistant Professor
Director, CHOICES (Collaborating to Help Optimize Intervention for Children Experiencing Stress)
Co-Director of Research and Clinical Director, Child Program, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
"Approaching What Works for Whom: Using Shared Decision Making to Personalize Youth Psychotherapy" 

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.
 

Congratulations 2017 Routh Dissertation Award Winners (posted 6/2/17)

The Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Routh Research and Dissertation Grant! The grants are funded by editor’s honoria donated to SCCAP by Dr. Don Routh when he was the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Routh has had a long and successful career in clinical child and pediatric psychology since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967.  He has been a dedicated academic psychologist having taught undergraduates, graduate students (chairing over 100 Honors theses, Masters theses, and dissertations) and Clinical Psychology interns at the University of Iowa, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Miami, from which he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002. SCCAP is very thankful to Dr. Routh for his generosity and support through the years.  Applications were extremely competitive – our expert review panel and board were extremely impressed with the quality of research. 
 
Please join us in congratulating the following winners:
 

Alex Bettis
Catherine Burrows
Joyce Lui
Danielle Cornacchio
 
Honorable Mention 
Farzana Saleem
Julia Morgan
Leslie Rith Najarian
Melissa Pielech
 
Thank you to all applicants as well as our review panel.  Our warmest congratulations & we look forward to meeting at the APA Conference in Denver!
 

Congratulations to the 2017 SCCAP Student Achievement Award Winners! (posted 6/2/2017)

Kelsey Magee
Jennifer Jacobson
Zachary Henderson
Austen Anderson
Francesca Crump

New Article Published

The authors outline an innovative graduate EBP course that emphasizes community practice. Syllabus and references are available. Find the affiliated article here.

Student Article Review Group

The Student Advisory Board of Division 53 is pleased to offer an article review group to the division's student members where graduate students may submit manuscripts for peer review prior to formal journal submission.

Students may act as either reviewers or those who submit material (or both) and duties are described below:

For those submitting manuscripts for review

  • Please access the following Excel sheet via this link
  • Fill in the title of your article, your name, institution email address, name of institution, statistical tests used in your manuscript, and the date you have listed this information 
  • When contacted by a potential reviewer, send them your manuscript along with any specific areas you’d like to be the subject of their focus (ex. Discussion)

For those acting as reviewers

  • Please access the following Excel sheet via this link
  • Decide which article you wish to review from those listed and fill in your name and institution as either Reviewer #1 or #2 if space is still open
  • Email the manuscript author using your institution email address in order to be sent the manuscript
  • Review manuscript and provide feedback to the author within 2 weeks of accepting

*for convenience sake, we suggest turning on notifications for those acting as reviewers so they are alerted each time a new article is listed (found under Tools)

During all interactions between reviewers and authors, a high degree of professionalism is essential and we ask that those who use this service act in a manner as if they were providing feedback for a peer reviewed journal in both the quality of the review and the language used. For this student group to be successful, participants must also be careful to respect the intellectual property of one another and any concerns surrounding plagiarism will be dealt with accordingly.

We hope that this service will allow students to obtain valuable feedback from their peers, allow students to gain experience reviewing articles, and provide a way to strengthen the bonds between students within Division 53 across programs. For any questions please email Student Advisory Board member Lucas Zullo at Lucas.Zullo@UTSouthwestern.edu

Attend the JCCAP Future Directions Forum

(June 1st - 2nd, 2017; University of Maryland at College Park)

As a leading journal in child and adolescent mental health, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) is in a unique position to build bridges among the field’s disciplines—Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Education, Nursing, and Neuroscience, among others. Together, we can leverage expertise from all these disciplines to improve the mental health of children and adolescents worldwide. In fact, JCCAP publishes content with a large, interdisciplinary outreach. In particular, regularly invited articles (i.e., Future Directions) seek to unite affiliated disciplines in child and adolescent mental health, in that they focus on topics of relevance to the diverse disciplines that comprise the field. In an effort to further strengthen these connections, 2017 marks the launch of theJCCAP Future Directions Forum. This annual forum showcases interdisciplinary work in child and adolescent mental health, provides professional development training to early career scientists in the field, and raises public awareness of the “best and brightest” of these scientists-in-training. Here is what should motivate you to attend this new forum:

To be productive members of our research community, early career scientists need to go beyond what they learn in the classroom, to develop the skills to succeed – writing great journal articles, effectively communicating ideas during a job interview, or writing successful grant proposals.

The JCCAP Future Directions Forum seeks to provide early career scientists with tools to increase their competitiveness in the highly competitive science job market. The forum includes a full day of workshops and panel discussions devoted to academic writing, grant application strategies, federal agency funding priorities, increasing academic productivity, and the peer review process. Attendees will have the option of earning Continuing Education credits for attending the forum.

As part of this two-day forum, leading figures in child and adolescent mental health will speak about their work and inspire early career scientists with innovative ideas. Speakers include a former MacArthur Fellow, presidents of scholarly societies, and editors of major journals.

The forum will include 60 poster presentations featuring work by up-and-coming researchers from across the U.S.! From among these presenters, we will identify recipients of the Future Directions Launch Award. This award recognizes promising early career researchers doing work in areas highlighted at this year’s forum: suicide and self-injury, bipolar disorder, conduct problems, and evidence-based assessment. We assembled a world-class committee to discover these promising early career scientists:
 

  • Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D. (University of Virginia)
  • Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. (University of Maryland at College Park)
  • Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
  • Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D. (Yale University)
  • Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


A description of the JCCAP Future Directions Forum and list of presenters can be found online. To learn more about the forum, please visit our homepage, and our registration page can be found online. Early registration ends on May 25, 2017!


Candidates Sought for SCCAP Board of Directors - Deadline January 10, 2017 (posted 12/21/16)

Candidates are sought for two positions on the SCCAP (Division 53) Board of Directors. Both are three year terms (2018-2020) and include participation in monthly conference calls and attendance at one or two Board of Directors meetings per year. 
 
All candidates must be a member of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) and be eligible for APA membership. Self-nominations are accepted. E-mail nominations, with Candidate Statement (200-250 words), Bio (100-150 words), Headshot (1mb min.) are due by January 10, 2017 to SCCAPDiv53@gmail.com. 
 
1. President-Elect (2018): Helps steer the direction of the society. One year each is spent as President Elect (2018), President (2019), and Past President (2020). 
 
2. Member-at-Large, Education and Standards (2018-2020): The primary responsibilities are reviewing and recommending policy on the education and credentialing patterns in clinical child psychology, on continuing education in clinical child psychology, and on standards for the provision of clinical psychological services to children, youth, and families.

Neuroscience of Youth Depression Conference (posted 12/3/16)

Thanks so much to our terrific presenters at the 2016 Neuroscience of Youth Depression conference in Chapel Hill earlier this month!  Please see the attached copy of our final schedule including YouTube links to our two keynotes and to many of our brief Datablitz talks!  We also have links to many of the students’ posters!
 
Please feel free to circulate widely so all can benefit from these terrific presentations!  Thanks to all for your participation!

Early Career Award and Grant - Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (posted 11/6/16, deadline 12/1/16)

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.
 
Eligibility: The awardee shall be no more than 10 years post-doctoral degree at the time of nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted. 
 
Application Requirements:
  1. 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. 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.
  3. A recent copy of the applicant’s CV.
  4. A one-page budget statement of how the applicant would use the grant funds.
  5. The applicant must be a member of SCCAP at the time of application.
Documentation should be emailed as one PDF document to sccapdiv53@gmail.com using the applicant’s name and the award name in the subject heading (e.g., Bob Smith Abidin Early Career Award and Grant). 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 DeadlineApplications are due February 1, 2017 (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.

SCCAP Bylaw Amendments (posted 9/22/16)

The Board of Directors of APA's Division 53, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) voted recently to propose changes to the SCCAP Bylaws. Each APA Member will soon receive an email so that he/she can cast a vote.
 
The main focus of the proposed changes is on SCCAP’s categories of membership. The Board sought to clarify that SCCAP Members, Fellows and Associates use the definition in the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association (APA).
 
The Board sought to extend the rights of SCCAP Affiliates. These categories are SCCAP members who are not members of APA. The amendments would give these affiliates the right in some cases to run for elected office (with the exception of Representative to APA Council), serve in appointed positions, vote on SCCAP matters and in SCCAP elections (with the exception of Representative to APA Council), and serve on SCCAP committees and task forces.
 
Finally, the Board wished to make several clarifying changes to several names and descriptions of current positions and committees. These housekeeping amendments are enumerated on the ballot. There are also non-substantive editorial corrections being made, for example a change from “Division 53” to “SCCAP” was made throughout for consistency’s sake.
 
Click here to see the Bylaws marked to reflect the proposed changes.
 
Questions about the ballot or voting process can be directed to the SCCAP Office.

Free Access to Trip Pro for SCCAP Members

The Trip Database is a leading tool for finding evidence based content to support clinical practice.  Designed to be as easy to use as Google but with evidence-based results.
 
There are many great features of Trip, including:
  • Unrivaled content categorized by evidence type (e.g., systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, controlled trials).
  • Ease of use means there are no steep learning curves: Just use it as you would Google.
  • There are lots of additional features to make finding evidence easy. For example, you can restrict your results to just systematic reviews with a single click.
  • Trip also includes an extensive list of medical images and videos – helpful for teaching and research as well as educating clients.
  • A great suite of advanced tools for ‘power’ users.
To learn more about Trip and to take advantage of your free access to the "Pro" version as a member of SCCAP please click here.

Congratulations to New SCCAP Officers (posted 7/13/16) 

We are very pleased to announce the results of our election for SCCAP Board members. Steve Lee from UCLA was elected as President-Elect,  Dick Abidin from the University of Virginia was re-elected as Treasurer, Mary Fristad from The Ohio State University was re-elected as Representative to APA Council, and Mandy Jensen-Doss from the University of Miami was re-elected as Member at Large.
 
We are appreciative of the other candidates for their willingness to run: Tara Peris, Ashley Anderson, and Patrick Pössel.  And we would like to encourage them and all other SCCAP members to consider running in the next election.
 
Please join us in congratulating our new SCCAP Board members!

2016 Routh Dissertation Award Winners (posted 6/21/16)

The Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Routh Research and Dissertation Grant! The grants are funded by editor’s honoria donated to SCCAP by Dr. Don Routh when he was the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Routh has had a long and successful career in clinical child and pediatric psychology since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967.  He has been a dedicated academic psychologist having taught undergraduates, graduate students (chairing over 100 Honors theses, Masters theses, and dissertations) and Clinical Psychology interns at the University of Iowa, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Miami, from which he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002. SCCAP is very thankful to Dr. Routh for his generosity and support through the years.  Applications were extremely competitive – our expert review panel and board were extremely impressed with the quality of research. 
 
Please join us in congratulating the following winners:
 
Jennifer Blossom:  “Pathways from Peer Victimization to Anxiety: A Longitudinal Examination Considering the Role of Intolerance of Uncertainty”, University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program

John Cooley:  “The Influence of Coping Strategies and Emotion Dysregulation on the Trajectories of Peer Victimization During Middle Childhood: A Moderated Latent Growth Curve Analysis”, University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program

Erin O’Connor:  “Maternal Distress in the Context of Child Distress: Maternal Emotion Regulation and Accommodation of Child Anxiety Symptoms”, Boston University

Andrea Trubanov:  “Attention Modification to Attenuate Facial Emotion Recognition Deficits in Children with ASD”, Virginia Tech
 
Thank you to all applicants as well as our review panel.  Our warmest congratulations & we look forward to meeting at the APA Conference in Denver!

Submit to SCCAP's New Journal (posted 6/4/16)

To: Members and friends of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Div 53)
 
From: Anne Marie Albano, Editor 
 
RE: Call for Submissions to Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Division 53, I am delighted to serve as the inaugural editor of the Division’s new practice-oriented journal, Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (EPCAMH).  This new, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal is focused on the practice and profession of clinical child and adolescent psychology and is a complement to The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.   
 
Joining me in this new effort are Associate Editors Jami Furr and Jonathan Weinand, and our Editorial Manager Lisa Duggan.  A fantastic editorial board, active in the science and practice of clinical child and adolescent psychology and related fields, round out our team and represents psychology and allied professionals who are engaged in serving the mental health needs of youth.  
 
EPCAMH now provides Division members and colleagues a new forum for publishing in-depth and thought-provoking articles on training, practice, procedures, settings and populations served by the profession, for addressing issues confronting the profession and field, and for translating into applied and practical terms the methods derived and studied through the scientific foundations of clinical child and adolescent psychology.   
 
Our submission portal is now open and we welcome submissions on a range of topics and issues.  Please visit our webpage at:
 
 
You’ll find below some topical areas and formats for submissions.  Please consider the following:
 
Assessment and Diagnosis:  Articles highlighting the development and application of methods for assessing behavioral health issues across development in youth and families.  But, we want to know what happens in settings where psychologists practice….how are assessments and diagnostic evaluations conducted? What is practical and advantageous to clinicians? What are the barriers to evaluation and how do clinicians conduct practice while problem solving barriers such as reimbursement, limited resources, client factors, etc?  Additional examples may include practical articles such as the “private practitioner’s wish list” of measures with high utility and low burden, articles addressing the process of giving feedback to children and adolescents and their families, and discussion of unique or challenging diagnostic quandaries.  
 
Clinical Treatment Applications:  Detailed topical articles, case study, clinical case discussion (presenting a case with commentary from several outside practitioners/scientists), and papers addressing the challenges and realities of clinical treatment in a range of settings are appropriate for the journal.  Diversity of patients and settings is of interest for these articles to highlight novel adaptations and practical realities of translating evidence-based interventions into practice.  Examples include articles detailing the implementation of treatment by clinical child and adolescent psychologists practicing in day treatment settings, residential programs, non-traditional setting such as schools or diversion programs. Whereas research articles may be criticized for focusing on selected samples of youth who are screened for entry into a clinical trial, papers in this forum represent the “real world” patient and their presentation in clinical settings.  How are evidence-based treatments transferred and translated into actual care? 
 
Ethics:  Articles reviewing various ethical guidelines and principles as well as those describing challenges that present in various settings.  
 
Training and Professional Development:  Discussions related to continuing education activities, the process and benefits of investing in the ABPP, and articles addressing the needs and specific issues confronting students at all levels of training.
 
Technological Updates and Advances:  Critiques of apps and other electronic/on-line methodologies, and ways in which technology is being used in and changing clinical practice.
 
Point/Counterpoint:  Scholarly and professional articles are welcome that debate issues affecting clinical child and adolescent psychologists, such as prescription privileges, the advantages and limitations of clinical practice in today’s health care arena, factors impacting psychologists’ role in clinical research, use of current diagnostic systems, and other topics.
 
In Focus:  In depth, journalistic-style articles that either employ interview format or a biographical piece to highlight a key opinion leader, a practitioner or practice that is unique or has an interesting angle to present, to inform the readership of a specific trajectory, decisions that made a difference, adaptation to circumstances, etc., by members of the profession.  
 
Historical Roots:  Perspective articles on the role and contributions of the profession and professionals in forging the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology. 
 
Letters to the Editor:  Many journals do not have this section but at EPCAMH we wish to publish well thought through comments on specific articles. Letters may be solicited or freely submitted and reflect on articles that have appeared in the journal. 
 
Consider submitting to EPCAMH!  Be creative, innovative, thoughtful…..challenge the field, inspire trainees, engage your colleagues with submissions to this journal!  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to discuss ideas for submissions.
 
Anne Marie Albano
aalbanodiv53@gmail.com
 
Jami M. Furr
jfurr@fiu.edu
 
Jonathan Weinand
drweinand@hotmail.com
 
Lisa Duggan
Lduggandiv53@gmail.com

SCCAP Board Member Elections (posted 4/20/16)

The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, is having elections for the Board Member positions listed below.  Voting will start no later than April 29, 2016 and will end 45 days later.  Please watch your email inbox for an emailed voting link from APA!
 
President Elect: Steve Lee
 
Treasurer: Richard (Dick) Abidin
 
Member at Large, Science and Practice: Ashley Anderson, Amanda Jenson-Doss, and Patrick Pössel
 
APA Council Representative: Mary Fristad and Tara Peris.

Please review all bios and candidate statements in the attached document.
 
We encourage all of our APA Members and Fellows to vote!

Free Access to Top JCCAP Papers (posted 4/2/16)

The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology is pleased to offer free access to the following: 
These papers feature reviews of EBPs for each child and adolescent disorder.   
(special thanks to Michael Southam-Gerow for his excellent work editing this series)
These papers offer an excellent resource to see what the top research priorities are in a wide range of child and adolescent areas.
 
Read and download these FREE ACCESS articles while they are available!

SCCAP Invites Applications - 5th Annual Student Achievement Award (posted 4/1/16, deadline 5/30/16)

The Student Advisory Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP; APA’s Division 53) is pleased to invite applications for our fifth annual Student Achievement Award. This year the award will recognize 1 undergraduate student, 1 early stage graduate student (for students in the first 3 years of doctoral training or in Master’s programs), and 2 late stage graduate students. We seek to recognize students who have made a significant contribution to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology, primarily through work on a recent youth-focused research project but also through teaching, mentoring, and clinical work, and other forms of community engagement. Undergraduates will also be evaluated based on their academic achievement. Awardees will receive $1000 each. Awardees will also be recognized on the Division 53 website (www.clinicalchildpsychology.org) as well as in the Division 53 newsletter with a picture and summary spotlighting their work. 
 
This award is open to all undergraduate students, and to graduate students in APA or CPA-accredited master- and doctoral-level programs. Membership in Division 53 is not required, but is looked on favorably. Students who have previously received another APA award for the same research project are not eligible for this award.
 
Applicants should submit:
  1. A 1-2 page letter (12 pt font, double-spaced) describing the contributions you have made to clinical child and adolescent psychology. The focus should be on a recent research project that is either in progress or completed. Please also include information regarding activities in teaching, clinical, or volunteering work. 
  2. A sample of the research project described above in the form of an abstract, poster, or summary for the research project described above. Only one research sample should be submitted, and it should be no longer than two pages. Please clearly indicate authorship order.
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae including any presentations or publications; involvement in research, clinical work, and service activities; and overall and psych GPAs for undergraduate students.
  4. A letter from a faculty member.
All nominations and supporting materials for the graduate and undergraduate award must be received on or before May 30, 2016. Materials should be sent to division53studentrecognition@gmail.com. If you have questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process, please contact this same email address.

Notice for SCCAP Student Members (posted 12/21/15)

SCCAP understands the needs of our student members for timely information, their preferences for technologically advanced platforms to access information, and their desire to preserve the environment through fewer paper products.  Thus, in response to a recent survey of our membership, student members will no longer receive paper copies of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP).  This change will take effect starting in 2016 with the first issue of Volume 45.  All members will continue to have online access to all current and past volumes of JCCAP after logging in to the SCCAP website.

Student members will also not receive paper copies of the new journal, Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (EPCAMH)​.  Online access will also be available on the SCCAP website for this journal.

Congratulations to the 2015 SCCAP Student Achievement Award Winners! (posted 10/27/15)

Aubrey Carpenter is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. Aubrey’s program of research broadly relates to the evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for children and families; more specifically, she has developed an emerging expertise related to the use of novel methods and technologies in expanding the availability of empirically supported treatments for childhood anxiety disorders. Her dissertation examines the preliminary feasibility of an Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy program for youth with anxiety. She was recently awarded a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association, as well as multiple funding awards from Boston University, to support her work on this project. Aubrey’s timely attention to current issues affecting child mental health is also evident in her recent investigation of the impact of family discussions regarding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt on Boston area children’s posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms. In addition to her accomplishments in research, Aubrey has been recognized for her efforts as a teaching fellow at Harvard University with a Distinction in Teaching Award. She is currently a student representative and website editor for the ABCT Child Anxiety Special Interest Group, and has previously served the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology as a member of the Division 53 Student Advisory Board and mentor in the division’s mentorship program. We offer sincere congratulations to Aubrey on her remarkable achievements so far and look forward to her future contributions to our field.

Pauline Goger has recently completed her first year of the Master in Arts program in Psychology with a special emphasis on Psychological Research from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).  Under the mentorship of Araceli Gonzalez, Ph.D., Pauline is currently collecting data for her Master’s thesis, examining how parental influences on children’s psychological functioning are moderated by the child’s age. Pauline also works as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Gonzalez’s Family, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders research program, where she is tasked with supervision and management of undergraduate research assistants, project management, and pursuit of independent research projects.  For one such project, “Associations between maternal anxiety and youth perception of acceptance across childhood and adolescence”, Pauline was recently awarded the 2015 Western Psychological Association’s Gottfried Research Award.  Further, Pauline sought, and received, research funding from CSULB’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, providing her the opportunity to continue to work actively on research throughout the summer. In addition to her research activities, Pauline exceeds expectations in her coursework, and was honored with the Newman Scholar award by the Psychology Department at CSULB.  Pauline’s academic endeavors have also found her on the other side of the classroom, earning recognition as an enthusiastic graduate teaching assistant.  Congratulations to Pauline on all of her accomplishments!

Chloe Greenbaum is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at New York University’s Department of Applied Psychology. During her first two years in graduate school, Chloe has already shown great promise as a productive researcher focused on underserved youth populations. She has impressively developed and piloted an intervention, WRITE-ON (Writing and Reflecting on Identify To Empower Ourselves as Narrators), which is designed to harness empirical evidence of writing’s therapeutic benefits to deliver cost-effective group interventions to incarcerated youth. Pilot results of WRITE-ON in four juvenile detention facilities indicated significant increases in youth’s resilience and improvements in peer relations. Chloe has also secured grant funding to further test the intervention in a quasi-experimental longitudinal study. In addition to her impressive research efforts, Chloe has demonstrated a commitment to clinical and service activities, particularly with underserved youth, has mentored a number of undergraduate students, and has trained and supervised undergraduate and master’s level students in conducting clinical assessments. Congratulations to Chloe on her impressive accomplishments!

Monica Wu is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at University of South Florida. Monica’s research interests are in child-focused clinical trials in anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments for youths and their families. A highlight of Monica’s research is serving as the only consulting clinician alongside her advisor in a research trial examining the effectiveness of the naturalistic dissemination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxious youth in El Salvador. Monica’s work in El Salvador largely corroborates the goals of her receipt of a diversity fellowship, reflecting her keen desire to disseminate empirically supported treatments (ESTs) to diverse and underrepresented populations. Furthering her advocacy of dissemination of ESTs, she is eager about the possible opportunity of serving in a similar role for psychologists in China. Congratulations to Monica on all of her academic achievements and a warm appreciation for her intrinsic motivation to provide services to diverse and unrepresented populations!
 

National Forum on Health Care Reform (posted 10/4/15)

We are seeing major changes in health and mental health care in the United States. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is more certain that changes in our health and mental health care systems will continue.
 
A national forum was held in Washington DC to discuss what these changes in health care policy mean for children, families, professionals, and health and mental health care programs. National experts from the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics came together with leaders from government agencies, health care and insurance organizations, and other groups for this forum. Come join our discussion. This work was developed by three societies/divisions within the American Psychological Association (APA): the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP, Division 53), Society of Child & Family Policy & Practice (Division  37), and Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54). This work was partially funded by a grant from the APA Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR), with additional contributions from the three APA societies/divisions.
 
Information & video available from the Health Care Forum:
 

Integrating Primary Medical & Mental Health Care Improves Mental Health, Research Team Reports in JAMA Pediatrics (posted 9/25/15)

Developed Partly as Part of SCCAP Health & Mental Health Care Initiative 
Study Authors: Joan Asarnow, Michelle Rozenman, Jessica Wiblin, and Lonnie Zeltzer, UCLA.
 
Results of a new study found that programs providing care for mental health and substance use through primary care services led to improved behavioral health (a broad term used to refer to mental health, substance use, and health-related behaviors such as diet and exercise), compared to usual primary care. Such integrated primary medical and behavioral health care programs, range from programs with fully integrated teams of medical and behavioral health clinicians working together with shared treatment plans and medical records, to co-located services where behavioral health clinicians work in primary care clinics, to programs that integrate behavioral health expertise into primary care settings using consultation, web-based, or telephone resources.  The programs with the strongest effects were those that used team-based collaborative care with behavioral health and primary care clinicians working together to improve child and adolescent health and behavioral health, programs focusing on treating existing problems versus prevention of future problems, and programs focusing on mental health  such as depression, anxiety, conduct, behavior, and attention problems vs. substance misuse. 
 
These results have major implications for the current transformation in health and behavioral health care in the United States. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is more certain that this transformation will continue with efforts to achieve the triple aims of improving access to care, the patient experience and quality of care, while reducing per capita health care expenditures. The ACA identifies behavioral health treatment as an “essential health benefit” and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (passed in 2008) provides increased insurance coverage for behavioral health. This has led to an increased emphasis on providing integrated medical and behavioral health care. 
 
The study addresses the question: do these integrated primary medical and behavioral health care programs lead to improved behavioral health outcomes for children and adolescents, when compared to usual primary care services? The researchers systematically searched the literature for all randomized clinical trials that evaluated treatment and prevention programs aimed at improving behavioral health in children and adolescents. Thirty-one studies were identified, with a total of 13,129 children and adolescents. The results demonstrating benefits of integrated care enhance confidence that the U.S. health system is on a course that will yield improvements in the lives of youth and families. 
 
This study is the first to evaluate integrated primary medical and behavioral health care programs for children and adolescents using a statistical procedure called meta-analysis. In meta-analysis, results from multiple independent studies are combined to provide an estimate of treatment effects, giving weights based on the size of each included study.  Meta-analysis is increasingly used in evidence-based medicine to guide clinical decision making and increase the likelihood that patients will receive the most effective treatments.  
 
Demonstration that a broad range of integrated care programs implemented across a variety of diverse clinics and health systems led to improved behavioral health in children and adolescents is particularly important because the leading causes of death in children and adolescents include unintentional injuries and suicide, both of which are all-too-frequent outcomes of risky behavior and behavioral health problems (e.g., depression, substance use). Many health-related behaviors that contribute to morbidity and mortality, such as smoking and healthy diet and exercise patterns are also established in childhood and adolescence. Building on this study by further clarifying optimal integrated care models and bringing these models into community settings where individual youths and families can benefit is likely to lead to earlier and more effective care, improved health and well-being, and reduced human and economic costs, with potentially large benefits over lifetimes. 
 

The research was partially supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH078596) and funds from the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Division 53 of the American Psychological Association) as part of an initiative aimed at improving health and behavioral health care for children and adolescents. 

SCCAP Supports New Awards and Grants (posted 8/27/15)

SCCAP is very pleased to announce the creation of two new awards and grants: the Abidin Early Career Award and Grant and the Routh Research and Dissertation Grant. These awards honor two long time members and supporters of SCCAP, Richard (Dick) Abidin and Don Routh.  Please see below for details. 

Abidin Early Career Award and Grant

The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Division 53 of the American Psychological Association is pleased to announce the first annual Abidin Early Career Award and Grant. The $20,000 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 their work. 
 
The award was created by the SCCAP Board of Directors to honor long time member Richard (Dick) Abidin, Ed.D, ABPP.  Dr. Abidin has served as the Treasurer of Division 53 since 1997. He was also the President and Member at Large for Division 12, Section 1.

Dr. Abidin is a Professor Emeritus in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Much of his career has been devoted to studying the relationships between parents and children. He served as director of the School/Clinical Child Psychology Program, director of the Institute of Clinical Psychology, and director of the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology before retiring in 2003. During his career he created several assessment measures that aid clinicians in determining the functionality of a parent-child relationship. 

Dr. Abidin is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychologists and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology, and the Academy of Clinical Psychology.

SCCAP is very thankful to Dr. Abidin for his guidance and service to SCCAP and is pleased to honor him by creating this award.

Please click to read about how to apply for the Abidin Early Career Award and Grant.

Routh Research and Dissertation Grant
 
The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, is pleased to announce the first annual Routh Research and Dissertation Grant in honor of Don Routh, Ph.D. The grants are intended to provide support for graduate students’ research. Up to four $2,500 grants will be awarded annually.
 
The grants are funded by editor’s Honoria donated to SCCAP by Dr. Routh when he was the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology.  
 
Dr. Routh has had a long and successful career in clinical child and pediatric psychology since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967.  He has been a dedicated academic psychologist having taught undergraduates, graduate students (chairing over 100 Honors theses, Masters theses, and dissertations) and Clinical Psychology interns at the University of Iowa, UNC-Chapel, and the University of Miami, from which he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002.
 
Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Routh has served as President of APA Divisions 12, 33, 37, Sections 1 and 5 of Division 12, and has authored “Clinical Psychology since 1917” and co-authored or co-edited additional books as well as refereed articles related to clinical child and pediatric psychology. He also received the Distinguished Contribution Award in 1989 from Division 12, Section 1.
 
In his “retirement” Dr. Routh has received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in History and has recently published writing that focuses on the careers of social psychologists, Carolyn and Muzafer Sherif
 
SCCAP is very thankful to Dr. Routh for his generosity and support through the years.

Please click to read about how to apply for the Routh Research and Dissertation Grant.

SCCAP YouTube Video Library

Thanks to a collaboration between SCCAP and Florida International University (FIU), 23 keynote addresses on evidence-based practices with kids are now FREE and easy to access on YouTube! Please click here to start viewing videos for professionals.

 

The library also includes 21 FREE additional videos geared towards parents.  Please spread the word to the public!

New Editor-Elect of JCCAP (posted 5/20/15)

SCCAP is pleased to announce that Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. will be the next editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  De Los Reyes received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Yale University, and completed his clinical internship in the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he serves as Director of the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP). His research seeks to improve our understanding of the inconsistent outcomes that commonly arise from multi-informant mental health assessments, with a focus on adolescent social anxiety and family relationships. Dr. De Los Reyes has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on these and other topics in such outlets as the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Clinical Psychology Review. In 2013 he was a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He has also received Early Career Awards from the Society for Research in Child Development, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and from Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) and Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. De Los Reyes has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Journal of Early Adolescence, and Journal of Child and Family Studies. He previously served as Guest Editor for a 2011 Special Section and 2015 Special Issue of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. De Los Reyes also serves as an Editorial Consultant for several journals, including Psychological Assessment, Behavior Therapy, and Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting the zoo with his son, cooking with his partner, and watching boxing with his dad.

JCCAP Evidence-Based Updates

The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) offers a regular series of reviews summarizing the evidence-based psychological treatments that have been proven to work in reducing mental illness in youth.  This series documents the current status of evidence-based practice and is used to assist with dissemination and implementation of these approaches. 

Click here to read and download the FREE ACCESS evidence-based series articles below.

Message from the Editor of JCCAP

The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) now uses a two-tiered peer review process.  All manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor or at least one Associate Editor to determine whether the manuscript is likely to make a significant impact to the scientific literature in clinical child and adolescent psychology.  A significant proportion of manuscripts submitted to JCCAP are not selected for peer review, and this decision is typically made within 2-6 days after submission.  
 
Among manuscripts selected for peer review, JCCAP has an average lag time of 66 days until decisions are sent for first submissions. 
 
Thanks for continuing to submit your work to JCCAP!

Outrageous Claims Regarding the Appropriateness of Time Out have No Basis in Science(9/29/14)

Members of the Executive Board of SCCAP have expressed strong concern with the article “‘Time-Outs’ Are Hurting Your Child” by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Byrson (9/23/14) which described time-out as “ineffective” and seemingly equated this practice with “physical abuse”. Based on their selective review of recent neuroscientific findings, these authors advocate rejecting the use of time-out in favor of an alternative strategy, “time-in” which they describe a “forging a loving relationship” through sitting or talking with or comforting the child immediately following the child’s misbehavior. Unfortunately, none of the authors’ conclusions regarding the rejection of time-out or the use of “time-in” are directly supported by research evidence, nor do they reflect a clear understanding of correctly implemented time-out.
 
Click below to read the full press release.

Educational Materials on EBT

Online CE Opportunities from Division 53
The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Florida International University's Center for Children and Families are proud to offer online education in evidence based approaches in child and adolescent mental health. Professionals can earn continuing education credit for watching our online Treatment Training Workshops and Keynote Addresses. The available videos and resources are applicable to a wide variety of professionals (e.g. teachers, mental health counselors, case workers) who work with youth. Please go to the following website for more information:  http://effectivechildtherapy.fiu.edu/professionals/workshops

DVD Workshop Series from Routledge
Alternatively, professionals and students may be interested in educational materials without CE credit.  In partnership with SCCAP, Routledge is proud to present a series of DVD workshops on clinical child and adolescent psychology.  Click here to learn more and for details about how to get a 20% discount off your order.

New SCCAP Board Members | Division 53 Election Results Are In!

We are very pleased to announce the results of our election for membership on our Board. In a very close race, Adam Lewin from the University of South Florida was elected as Member-at-Large for Education and Standards. We are very excited to have Adam join our Board and we are very appreciative of the other candidates, Rinad Beidas from the University of Pennsylvania, and Katherine Williams from UCSD, for their willingness to run for office.

In regard to the election of the next President of the Division, Doug Tynan ran unopposed and was elected. However, in the interim, Doug accepted a position as Associate Director of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. Although this means that Doug will not be able to serve on our Board, we are delighted to have a close friend and colleague within the leadership at APA and we congratulate Doug on this exciting new position!  

Our Bylaws state that in the event that a member of the Board is unable to serve, the Executive Committee of the Board can appoint a replacement. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce that Eric Youngstron of UNC-Chapel Hill has accepted our offer to serve as President-Elect. We are very appreciative that Eric agreed to serve. He is a longtime member of the Division, currently serving on the Board as a Member-at-Large, and will provide exceptional continuity and leadership.

Please help us welcome our two new board members, Eric Youngstrom and Adam Lewin!

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D.
Division 53, President-Elect

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Associate Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. He was the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, and has also been an American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Fellow. He has served as the Director of the Data Management and Statistical Analysis Unit and Research Methods Core of the Center for Research in Bipolar Disorder across the Life Cycle. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware, and he completed his predoctoral internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Youngstrom is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the relationship of emotions and psychopathology, and the clinical assessment of children and families. He teaches courses on assessment and therapy, developmental psychopathology, research design, and multivariate statistics, and has earned the Carl F. Wittke, Glennan Fellowship, and the Northeastern Ohio Teaching Awards as well as the Tanner Award at UNC Chapel Hill. He also actively investigates ways of improving the use of clinical assessment instruments for making better differential diagnoses, predictions about future functioning, or monitoring of treatment progress - particularly with regard to bipolar disorder across the lifespan. Dr. Youngstrom has spoken on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder at scientific meetings in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia, as well as around the United States. Dr. Youngstrom has published more than 200 peer reviewed publications on the topics of clinical assessment and emotion, and he has served as an ad hoc reviewer on more than thirty prominent psychology and psychiatry journals as well as being on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Psychological Assessment. Dr. Youngstrom has had NIH funding since 2002, and he has received grants from the NIMH, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Cuyahoga County, and the Schubert Center for Child Development, among others.


Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP
Division 53, Member-at-Large for Education and Standards

Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the OCD Program at the University of South Florida (effective August 2014). He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Florida and completed his psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His research focuses on enhancing treatment response, alternative service delivery, dissemination, and treatment refinement/augmentation – primarily in youth with anxiety, OCD, autism and tic disorders. In addition to research mentorship, Dr. Lewin directs a training clinic in pediatric neuropsychiatry for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and physician trainees. Dr. Lewin is an examination chair for child board certification examinations with the American Board of Professional Psychology and is an associate editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  

Which Assessment and Treatment Methods Do NOT Work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health?

An online version of a new JCCAP paper by Koocher and colleagues (2014) uses a Delphi poll to determine whether certain assessment and treatment approaches have been “discredited” based on expert opinion of clinical child and adolescent psychologists.  See the attached paper for more details.

Which Talk Therapies Work Best for Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens? (3/17/14)

An approach combining skill-building and education leads the list, according to a new article published this month in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP).  Authors Mary Fristad, Ph.D. and Heather MacPherson, MA, from the Ohio State University have conducted a careful review of the best psychological treatments for bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Click below to read the full details.

 

Scientific review paper highlights the talk therapies that work best for youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Cognitive-behavioral therapy tops the list (1/13/14)

A new article published this month in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) by Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and her colleagues provides a thorough review of the best psychological treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents.
 
 

New SCCAP Website

Visit our new Effective Child Therapy Online Education Website!



You will find informational videos that feature reviews and workshops for evidence-based interventions presented by the experts in the field. The available videos and resources are applicable to a wide variety of students and professionals who work with youth. In addition, professionals can earn continuing education credit for watching our videos.

Click here to see Free Keynote Addresses and Training Workshops for Professionals and learn more about earning Continuing Education credits.