April 2017 Newsletter Article

Research Scholars Program Graduates Its Second Cohort

Twelve scholars will graduate from the Research Scholars Program at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in May. Congratulations to this year's graduating scholars: Jessica Bettenhausen, Eric Coon, Jenniver Ehrhardt, Nora Emara, Elizabeth Halvorson, Justin Josephsen, Laura Kair, Alisa Khan, Jaspreet Loyal, Kimberly Randell, Alyssa Silver, and Omolara Uwemedimo.

These scholars have completed a three-year program that includes a day-long series of workshops each year at the PAS meeting and a three-year series of large group webinars, small group discussions and assignments. Each scholar has gained the skills needed to design, implement, seek funding for and publish qualitative and quantitative research, as well as skills needed for professional development. Each scholar has also successfully completed a mentored research project. For more information about the Research Scholars Program, contact one of the program leaders (listed below) or see the full description on the APA website ( )

Sarah Armstrong (
Jan Hanson (
Alex Kemper (
Alan Mendelsohn (

APA's Literacy Development Programs in Primary Care SIG Chair has article featured in the New York Times

Last week, one of APA's Literacy Development Programs in Primary Care SIG Chairs, Dr. Perri Klass, had an article featured in the NY Times! Within this article, previous Young Investigator Awardee, Dr. Jenny Radesky, was quoted as well!

You can read the article here:

The Society of Pediatric Psychology


The Society of Pediatric Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 54) aims to promote the health and psychological well being of children, youth, and their families through science and an evidence based approach to practice, education, training, advocacy, and consultation.

Areas of expertise within the field include, but are not limited to: psychosocial, developmental and contextual factors contributing to the etiology, course and outcome of pediatric medical conditions; assessment and treatment of behavioral and emotional concomitants of illness, injury, and developmental disorders; prevention of illness and injury; promotion of health and health-related behaviors; education, training and mentoring of psychologists and providers of medical care; improvement of health care delivery systems and advocacy for public policy that serves the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

The Division sponsors the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC, with 700+ members in attendance, and hosts two well respected Journals: The Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. Members are a rich resource for research collaboration with pediatrician and other medical colleagues, and expertise covers the range of pediatric populations in general as well as specialty areas (with 19 current Special Interest Groups reflecting various medical issues such as Hematology-Oncology, Adherence, Obesity, Allergic Diseases, etc).

Additional information can be found at: or contact Sharon Berry, PhD, ABPP at

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