The Sampilo-Quispe Award for Equity and Social Justice in Clinical Child Psychology

The purpose of “The Sampilo-Quispe Award for Equity and Social Justice in Clinical Child Psychology” is to facilitate student-initiated efforts that seek to improve behavioral health and wellness for marginalized and underserved communities.

The annual $1000 award is intended to fund innovative projects that address health disparities, advance equity and/or promote social justice in pediatric behavioral health to benefit marginalized and underserved youth, families and their communities.

Examples of intended projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Examination of factors contributing to mental and behavioral disparities in underserved populations (e.g. racial and ethnic minority youth, LGBTQ+ youth, immigrant and refugee youth and their families)
  • Qualitative research/formative assessment to inform cultural tailoring of behavioral health programs and interventions
  • Implementation of culturally tailored programs or interventions
  • Facilitation of clinical service delivery to an underserved community
  • Enhancement of clinical service delivery to improve cultural responsiveness
  • Training and application of culturally and contextually relevant behavioral health services (e.g., Cultural Formulation Interview; Chicago Parenting Program)
  • Creation of a novel community project which reduces mental health stigma in underserved communities
  • Facilitation of a program-community organization partnership to deliver community-based behavioral health education for underserved communities

Selection of projects will be under the purview of the Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program, under policies designed to ensure (quality of projects, feasibility of projects, success of students, outreach consideration), and with input from Dr. Marilyn Sampilo, Dr. Catrina Litzenburg, and/or other designated representative of the Sampilo-Quispe Family.

Award Recipients:  Students in good standing in the CCPP who have completed the Masters degree requirement.


Complete applications will include:

  • Project proposal: Eligible students will provide a proposal that addresses the intended purpose and methods of the project.  The proposal shall not exceed six (6) typed, double-spaced pages in standard font (12-point font). 


    • If the proposed project involves research with human participants, the study methods and HRPP (IRB) status will be address in a single additional page. 
    • If the proposed project involves a community agency outside of KU, a letter of support from the agency should be included in the application materials.
  • Current CV
  • Detailed budget of proposed expenses (including sources of additional funding already available)


These materials will be provided to the Director of the CCPP in electronic format by 5:00pm on September 15 (or the following Monday, if the 15th falls on a weekend). Applications that do not conform to the above instructions will be returned to the applicant without review. 

Applications will be evaluated by a committee chosen by the Director or Associate Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program. Committee members will evaluate the proposals based on the following characteristics: the overall quality of the proposed project; the feasibility and potential for the award to address health disparities, advance equity, and/or promote social justice in pediatric populations; the student's overall achievement in the program; and the appropriateness of budget.  Each committee member will score the proposals in terms of the characteristics noted. The CCPP Director or Associate Director will review the evaluations and scores provided by the committee members and will grant the award to the student with the highest score.

Within 6 months of the award, each awardee shall submit a report to the CCPP faculty detailing expenditure of funds and any significant deviations from the proposed budget.