Carolyn & Stephen Schroeder Practice-Informed Research Award

The Carolyn and Stephen Schroeder Practice-Informed Research Award was established in 2016 by Drs. Carolyn and Stephen Schroeder.  Carolyn is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Clinical Child Psychology Program; Steve is a former Director of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (LSI). Carolyn has provided supervision, support, and mentorship to a great number of CCPP students and faculty for many years. Prior to her work here in Kansas, Carolyn was instrumental to the development of the specialty area of Pediatric Psychology, primarily through her work in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Specifically, she established one of the first primary care pediatric psychology clinics in the country (1973), which continues to serve as a model for the field.

Interest from this endowed fund will facilitate and encourage innovative research that is informed by clinical work. Eligible recipients are limited to graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Child Psychology Program (CCPP) at the University of Kansas. The award will be used to fund new research leading to the completion of the master’s thesis, research task, or dissertation, or another research project of publishable quality. The award will be in the amount of approximately $5000*. Applications will be considered annually, with a submission deadline of April 1.

Eligible research projects are practice-informed and may include a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Issues pertinent to integrated services and primary care
  • Evaluation of the implementation of psychological services, including screening assessment and brief therapeutic services, in a clinical setting
  • Service satisfaction and treatment outcomes in efforts to improve clinical services

Complete applications will include (a) a 150-word abstract and proposal; (b) a 15-page proposal (double spaced; with the student's identity masked) organized under the following headings: Background/Literature Review, Method, Plan for Data Analysis, and Importance/Innovation; (c) a detailed budget of proposed expenses; (d) a letter of support from the student’s faculty sponsor; (e) a description of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval status; and (e) a list of 5 potential outside experts who are qualified to evaluate the study design and impact. 

Applications will be evaluated by an external committee chosen by the Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program, and made up of one former student of the CCPP and two external reviewers (possibly including those proposed by the applicant). Committee members will evaluate the masked proposals based on the following characteristics: innovation, potential to impact clinical/developmental literature or practice (i.e., potential for publication), methodological rigor, feasibility, and appropriateness of budget to scope of project (see Scoring sheet).  Each committee member will score the proposals in terms of the characteristics noted above. Applications with a mean total score of less than 35 will be considered "below threshold." The CCPP faculty will review the evaluations and scores provided by the committee members, and will grant the award to the student with the highest mean score. If only one proposal is submitted in a given year, funding will be granted if the committee determines that the proposal meets minimum criteria for acceptability (mean total score > 35).

The grantee/student will submit annual reports of research progress to the CCPP faculty, detailing expenditure of funds, and any significant deviations from the proposed budget. A final report and copy of the resulting manuscript(s) will be submitted to the CCPP faculty at the conclusion of the project.

*based on performance of the KUEA fund in which the principal is held. Specific award amount will be determined on February 1 of each year.  


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