APF/Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award

$2,000 to support talented young psychologists making contributions towards informing, advocating for and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families particularly through policy.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Sponsors: APF; Division 37


The APF Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award is named after Dr. Willis to honor her life-long advocacy on behalf of children and families. Dr. Willis' work cuts across many areas including clinical child, pediatric, developmental and family psychology. Through her publications, clinical work, mentoring and teaching, she has changed policy at the local, national and international level. She has advocated for children's rights at the United Nations, developed programs on prevention and early intervention for Native American children living on reservations and established services promoting the well-being of children with developmental disabilities, chronic illness and those who have suffered from maltreatment.


Applicants must:

  • Be psychologists with an EdD, PsyD or PhD from an accredited university.

  • Be no more than 10 years postdoctoral.

How to Apply

Nomination Requirements

Application materials include:

  • Nomination letter outlining the nominee's career contributions.

  • Current CV.

  • Two letters of support.

Submission Process

Past Recipients

Jonathan Comer, PhD, Florida International University 


Paula Fite, PhD, University of Kansas


Lindsay Malloy, PhD