Research Recognition Awards

ACLP Seeks Nominations for 2018 Research Recognition Awards

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) is pleased to announce the availability of two research awards to be presented at the Annual Conference on Professional Issues in Washington, D.C., in May 2018. The Professional Research Recognition Award honors significant work by a child life specialist, and the Student Research Recognition Award acknowledges research conducted by a student. Both awards celebrate research initiatives that contribute to theory and practice within the field of child life. A profile of the winning researcher(s) and a brief summary of the research findings will be shared with ACLP members in the Bulletin Summer 2018 issue, and the award recipients will also be recognized at the Annual Conference. 
 
We encourage ACLP members to spread the news about the awards to individuals who may be interested in applying. These awards are presented annually so be sure to consider this opportunity when disseminating future research. 
 

To apply for an award, submit an application by 5:00 p.m. ET on November 3, 2017.

Download the 2018 Professional Research Award Application.

Download the 2018 Student Research Award Application.

Applicants will be notified of the Research and Scholarship Committee's decision by late December 2017. For questions about the awards or application process, please contact research@childlife.org

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.
  • For the Professional Research Award, the nominated research project must have been completed in the last two years. Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal preferred.
  • For the Student Research Award, the nominated research project must have been conducted in the last two years while author(s) was still a student.
  • The nominated research project must have met IRB requirements prior to data collection.
  • At least one of the authors must be a member in good standing of ACLP. 
 

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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