Graduate Student Research Grants

The NASP Research Committee supports student-initiated research through its Graduate Student Research Grants (GSRG) program. Up to three $1,000 awards are made each year to students who demonstrate exceptional ability to conduct high-quality research that furthers the mission and goals of NASP and has the potential to impact the field positively. GSRG recipients are eligible to receive $500 WPS Travel Grants to present their research at a future NASP convention.

Eligibility and Application Information

NASP student members in either doctoral or non-doctoral school psychology training programs are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications for the 2017 competition has passed. Grant recipients will be announced at the NASP 2017 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Recent Grant Recipients

Brittany Hearon, University of South Florida
Brittany Hearon is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of South Florida. For her dissertation, she is evaluating the efficacy of a 10-week multitarget, multicomponent classwide positive psychology intervention in improving 4th and 5th grade students' subjective well-being, classroom relationships, and classroom engagement. Results of this study aim to inform practitioners of an evidence-based intervention that may be added to their repertoire of comprehensive universal school-based mental health services. 

Leah Marks, Illinois State University
Leah Marks is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at Illinois State University. Her dissertation study examines the relation between young children's socioeconomic status, self-regulation and readiness for kindergarten. Particularly, the study will examine how the teacher-child relationship may moderate these processes. She hopes to continue to help to support teachers of young children to ensure children's academic and social-emotional development as they move into kindergarten. 

Kala L. Taylor, University of Tennessee
Kala Taylor is a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of Tennessee.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Millsaps College with a B.S. in Psychology in 2013. Her research interests are multicultural education and reading. Kala hopes to make significant contributions to our field by conducting and disseminating research which enhances our ability to improve outcomes for all learners.  

Application Instructions

Read these instructions carefully to ensure your application includes all requisite materials and meets research proposal requirements.


Completed applications must be submitted online as a single document. This must include the Demographic Information Form, Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, and Research Proposal.