Research Recognition Awards

Child Life Research Recognition Awards

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) recently introduced Research Recognition Awards to celebrate research initiatives that significantly contribute to theory and practice in the field of child life. The Professional Research Recognition Award honors distinguished work by a Certified Child Life Specialist®, and the Student Research Recognition Award acknowledges notable research conducted by a student. The inaugural awards were presented to the winning researchers in May, 2015 at the 33rd Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH, and a brief summary of their research findings was shared with ACLP members earlier in the year.

These awards will be presented annually, with applications due in the fall of each year. Be sure to consider this opportunity when disseminating future research.

Award Criteria

Applications will be reviewed for the following:

a. The research demonstrates the value and effectiveness of the child life profession.
b. The research increases child life knowledge or improves/evaluates child life techniques.
c. The research substantially advances the field of child life.
d. The research was designed and conducted under rigorous standards and was appropriately analyzed.
e. The manuscript was designed and produced in accordance with the Publication Manual of the APA.
f. The research is evidence-based.

Award Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award:

  • The nominated research project must address a facet of child life.
  • The nominated research project must have met IRB requirements prior to data collection.
  • The nominated research project must be written in APA style.
  • The nominated research project must have been published in the last two years in a peer-reviewed context.
  • For the Professional Research Recognition Award, at least one of the authors must be a member of ACLP. For the Student Research Recognition Award, at least one of the authors must be a child life student.

For More Information

For questions regarding the awards or application process, please contact the Research and Scholarship Committee at research@childlife.org.



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