Dissertation Awards

Deadline: December 16, 2022

The Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) Education Advisory Committee (EAC), in partnership with the Ethnic-Minority Affairs Committee (EMA), is pleased to accept applications for the newly re-designed EAC/SCN Dissertation Award. This award of up to $2500 is designed to recognize excellence in clinical science, based on a defended dissertation, among doctoral students in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. We particularly encourage individuals from under-represented groups and those who have faced historical barriers to apply. The deadline for application is December 16th, 2022 and award winners will be notified on January 12th, 2023.


  • Up to $2500, release of funds contingent on proof of successful dissertation defense from the graduate program.
  • Commitment to present findings of the project at the 2023 APA Annual Convention.
  • Invitation to join the SCN-EAC Committee for a 1-year term: includes active participation in monthly virtual meetings and development of committee initiatives.


  • Successfully defended doctoral dissertation from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program within the past 12 months (i.e., not prior to January 1st, 2022).
  • SCN student membership.


  • Cover Page – 1-page limit, double spaced, and include the dissertation title and final defense date, graduate school and year, and contact information for applicant and dissertation chair. In addition, please explicitly note the relative contributions of the student, the chair, and the committee members to the conceptualization, design, and execution of the study.
  • Project Description – 2-page limit, double spaced, (including references), APA format, 12-point font, one-inch margins.
    Include: Significance, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
  • Personal Statement – 2-page limit, double spaced, and include: 1) background information about the applicant’s research experience and interest/commitment to neuropsychology; 2) notable barriers overcome in their dissertation project and training as a clinical neuropsychologist (these may include, but are not limited to identity as a member of an underrepresented group, disability status, or nontraditional academic path); and 3) and applicant’s future career goals and aspirations for involvement in SCN and professional leadership.
  • Abbreviated Curriculum Vita – 2-page limit highlighting relevant education and clinical and research experiences.
  • Letters of Support – 2 letters, one from the applicant’s primary mentor and one from an additional research mentor, are to be emailed separately from the application by the deadline noted below. Mentors should document their understanding and agreement that the student will present at the upcoming APA meeting as required above.
  • Submission process – All application materials (other than letters of support) must be submitted in a single PDF file by December 16th, 2022 in the following order: Cover Page, Project Description, Personal Statement, and CV.
    • Address to: Pamela Dean, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, SCN EAC Chair, and Alexander Tan, Ph.D., EAC Dissertation Award Subcommittee Chair.


  • Innovation and impact of the project on the science and practice of clinical neuropsychology (e.g., novel or refinement of existing theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions that advance culturally competent practice in neuropsychology).
  • Qualifications of applicant and potential to increase diverse representation in the field of clinical neuropsychology.
  • Relevance of project to the mission of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, which is “to advance the specialty of clinical neuropsychology as a science and profession and as a means of enhancing human welfare. The Division addresses this mission by promoting excellence in clinical practice, scientific research, and professional education in the public interest. The goals derived from this mission are to be achieved in cooperation with the American Psychological Association, other professional organizations, and the general public.
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