Research Recognition Awards

The Association of Child Life Professionals is pleased to present two research awards annually. Both of these research awards celebrate research initiatives that contribute to theory and practice within the field of child life.

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. 

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.
  • At least one of the authors must be a member in good standing of ACLP. 
  • For the Professional Research Award, the nominated research project must have been completed and submitted for publication / presentation within the last two years. Include completion date.
  • For the Student Research Award, the nominated research project must have been completed and submitted for publication / presentation within the last two years while author(s) was still a student. Include completion date. Upload transcript (unofficial is accepted).
 

Award Criteria

Applicants will be reviewed for the following:

  • The research is innovative and relevant to child life practice.
  • The research increases child life knowledge or improves/evaluates child life interventions, processes, and/or programming.
  • The research was designed and conducted under rigorous standards and was appropriately analyzed.
  • The research is evidence-based

Award Applications

We encourage ACLP members to submit their research and to share news of the award with others who may be interested in applying. These awards are presented annually so be sure to consider this opportunity when disseminating future research. 

Applications are open starting January 02.  Applications will be due to awards@childlife.org on January 13, 2023. 

Winners will be notified by February 2023.

If you have questions, please email Mary Bean at mbean@childlife.org.

More Information

For questions regarding the awards or application process, please contact Mary Bean at mbean@childlife.org.
 


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