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The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) is proud to announce that we again will be selecting qualified applicants for the Research Scholars Symposium at the Fall 2022 Annual Meeting. The SDBP Research Scholars Symposium is focused on fostering high quality developmental and behavioral research through this intensive "research in progress" program. The Symposium is led by interprofessional, senior SDBP leadership and key components include review of research proposals in small groups, presentations of methodology for developing projects, lectures, panel discussions, and opportunities for networking.

Deadline: Tuesday, June, 7, 2022 at 5pm eastern

Target audience: Trainees and early career professionals with a strong interest in building research skills. We strongly encourage applications by all DBP fellows, as this program has been developed to provide additional support and mentorship beyond that provided through DBP fellowship programs.

Eligibility: Trainees (i.e., clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows, pre-doctoral, advanced graduate students (Master's degrees or higher) and junior faculty (who have completed training within 5 years), in any relevant field, including developmental-behavioral pediatrics, other pediatric fields (e.g., general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, child abuse pediatrics), child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, other psychology fields, and nurse practitioner professions. If you are not in one of these categories or fields and interested in applying, please contact us to determine eligibility.

This year's Symposium will tentatively take place on October 20 and 21, 2022 in Denver, Colorado just prior to the SDBP Annual Meeting.

SDBP will accept between 15-20 Research Scholars into this program. Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive individualized feedback on their research in progress from senior mentors and peers
  • Learn about how to launch and maintain a research career
  • Network with senior mentors and other SDBP Research Scholars across disciplines

Admission to the Symposium will be competitive, based on a formal application and review process. Applicants who are selected to participate will attend the SDBP Research Scholars Symposium, free of charge, AND lodging will be provided, covering 1-2 nights (2 fellow scholars sharing per room). Please note: Scholars from the 2021 Symposium are permitted to reapply for the 2022 Research Scholars Symposium, however, no hotel lodging assistance will be provided.

All applicants must be current (2022) members in good standing of SDBP at the time of application. In addition, all accepted Research Scholars must register for and attend the SDBP 2022 Annual Meeting. Accepted Scholars will be able to register for the SDBP Annual Meeting and pay the fellow/trainee registration rate.

Scholars will be assigned to tables that include 2-3 mentors. Each scholar will be expected to present their project to their table and should be prepared to critique and offer feedback to their peers on their research in progress. (Abstracts will be sent in advance of the meeting).

Applications must include the following items:

  1. 1. A brief, structured abstract (1000 word limit) that contains
    • Title
    • Study background, rationale and aims
    • Methods (including overall overall design, sample, intervention (if any), assessments, sample size/power analyses, and preliminary analytic plan)
    • Progress to date (if applicable, including preliminary results, not required)
    • Implications for developmental-behavioral science, practice and/or policy
    • Funding/applications in progress (if applicable, not required)
  2. References: at least 5-10 major background references that you used to develop this project (references not included in abstract word count.)
  3. Brief Candidacy Statement (250 word limit) that contains:
    • Your individual goals for attending the Symposium, in relation to your short and long term research goals.
  4. Your biosketch (NIH format, 5 pages maximum):
  5. Mentor Letter of Support including:
    • How well mentor knows the applicant
    • How mentor's expertise dovetails with the candidate's proposed study
    • Plans for mentorship
    • How much time the mentor plans to spend with the candidate on this project and will it be live or distal
    • The anticipated role of the applicant in the proposed study
    • How much time the candidate will have to dedicate to the project
    • Other institutional support

Candidates must submit completed applications via the online submission program by Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 5pm eastern.

Important: If you have submitted an abstract to the SDBP Annual Meeting, this does NOT preclude you from applying to the SDBP Research Scholars Symposium, which will undergo a separate submission process as outlined on this application. .