NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants

The NJPA Foundation has been concerned about current events that impact the mental health of our community. It is the consensus opinion of the NJPA Foundation that the impact of school violence has had an adverse effect on the psychological health of our community and that the arbitrary and unnecessary separation of children from their parents and families constitutes psychological child abuse. Because such adverse effects from violence and abuse produces extreme trauma which can lead to lifelong mental health problems and disabilities requiring long-term, costly, intensive treatment and services, the NJPA Foundation announces the establishment of the NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants.

Starting in 2019, the NJPA Foundation will offer NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have one of the following two areas of study/exploration as the focus of her/his doctoral dissertation:

1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $10,000 per grant recipient, per grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.  

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant - The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society
The focus of this grant must be the research, treatment, prevention or other work of a heuristic value related to school violence, including but not limited to the role of firearms. Discussion of relevant policy change must be addressed in the dissertation as well.

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant  - The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society
The focus of this grant must be research and/or treatment programs which address the treatment, rehabilitation and/or prevention of trauma to the victims of the psychological child abuse, caused by this practice. Discussion of relevant policy change must be addressed in the dissertation as well.

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant Requirements:
•    Complete the NJPA Foundation online form – this form will include the applicant name and contact information, graduate school, supervisor name and contact information
•    Upload an abstract of the project that includes project title, research objectives, methodology and policy relevance, and include an estimation of expenses and duration of research – 150 to 250 words.
•    Upload a letter of verification from your supervisor
•    The dissertation proposal must be submitted in APA style, as found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
•    The abstracted dissertations may be published in the New Jersey Psychologist, the professional publication of the New Jersey Psychological Association, and on the NJPA website.
•    Applicants are encouraged to join the New Jersey Psychological Association

Criteria for Evaluating NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant Submissions

In evaluating submissions, The NJPA Foundation will consider the criteria listed below.
It is in the applicant's interest to be certain that each criterion is suitably addressed in the submission.  As this is a competitive process, the NJPA Foundation reserves the right to provide an award to only those proposals that meet a standard of excellence.

1.    Social Significance of the Study:  Does this proposed research significantly advance or contribute to the understanding of the social and psychological problem:
1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society, or
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society  

2.    Scientific/Theoretical Appropriateness of the Study: In this category, attention will be given to the scientific, theoretical, and/or evidential bases for the rationale, the appropriateness of the research design selected for the type of study proposed, the suitability of the data analyses indicated, and the likelihood that findings will permit strong inferences.

3.    Originality of the Study:  Credit will be given for imaginative or innovative use of resources, creative treatment of ideas, and the novelty of the design employed to study them.

Each criterion will be rated on the following scale:
    1. = superior
    2. = above average
    3. = adequate
    4. = lacking in some respect
    5. = unacceptable

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