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 members who are students in either doctoral or non-doctoral school psychology training programs are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications for the 2018 competition is 5:00 pm EDT on September 15, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced at the NASP 2018 Annual Convention in Chicago. 

Recent Grant Recipients

Jenna Gardner, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jenna Gardner is an Educational Specialist student at the University of Minnesota. For her master’s thesis, she is evaluating the use of self-monitoring and video self-monitoring to improve the procedural fidelity of tier one class wide behavior management strategies. Relationships between fidelity, teacher efficacy, intervention acceptability, and classroom outcomes will also be assessed. This study aims to provide practitioners with an objective yet feasible method of supporting teachers’ use of evidence based classroom management strategies.

Caroline Jaquett, University of Tennessee 
Caroline Jaquett is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of Tennessee. For her dissertation, she is evaluating the differential effects of behavioral versus academic contingencies on the on-task behavior, disruptive behavior, and accurate academic performance of alternative middle school students in a social studies classroom. Results of this study aim to inform researchers and practitioners of best practice targets when considering class-wide interventions. 

Courteney Johnson, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Courteney Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. Her dissertation study will examine the effects of a cultural adapted cognitive-behavioral based SEL intervention on participants’ levels of engagement (e.g., participation, homework completion, attendance), anxiety symptoms, and social-emotional knowledge. She hopes that this study will help inform practitioners on the importance of the integration of culture in intervention and prevention practices, as well as support the mental health needs of minority students in schools.

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.