The APF/Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award is named after Dr. Willis to honor her life-long advocacy on behalf of children and families.

Dr. Willis’ work cuts across many areas including clinical child, pediatric, developmental and family psychology.

Through her publications, clinical work, mentoring and teaching, she has changed policy at the local, national and international level. She has advocated for children’s rights at the United Nations, developed programs on prevention and early intervention for Native American children living on reservations and established services promoting the well-being of children with developmental disabilities, chronic illness and those who have suffered from maltreatment.

Program Goals
The APF/Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award:

advances public understanding of mental health and improve the well-being of children and families through policy and serviceencourages promising early career psychologists to continue work in this areacomes with a $2000 financial award and $1000 in travel expenses to attend APA Convention.
Evaluation Criteria
Nominations will be evaluated on:

conformance with stated program goals and qualifications stated abovemagnitude of professional accomplishment in advancing public understanding of mental health and improves the well-being of children and families through policy and service



  • $2,000 to support talented young psychologists making contributions towards informing, advocating for and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families particularly through policy.




  • Be psychologists with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD from accredited universities.
  • Be no more than 10 years postdoctoral.
  • Self-nominations are permitted.


Eligible Regions: Psychologists with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD

Application Process

  • Nomination letter outlining the nominee’s career contributions
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of support


Application Deadline: January 30, 2023

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Contact APF via email: [email protected]
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