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. 

Eligibility and Application Information

NASP members who are students in either doctoral or non-doctoral school psychology graduate programs are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications for the 2019 competition is 5:00 pm EDT on September 15, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced at the NASP 2019 Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. 

2018 Grant Recipients

Sarah Dickinson, University of South Florida
Sarah Dickinson is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of South Florida. For her dissertation, she is studying the effects of a trauma-informed behavioral parenting intervention on young children with disabilities and maltreatment histories. Outcome variables include positive parenting practices, parenting stress, child challenging behaviors, and child PTSD symptomatology. The results of this study aim to support an empirical early intervention model for children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment.

Cassity Haverkamp, Utah State University
Cassity Haverkamp is an Educational Specialist student in the School Psychology program at Utah State University. For her master's thesis, she is comparing the effects of emotion identification interventions for children with ASD. The results of this study aim to help practitioners choose the most effective intervention tools when working with students with ASD.

Maria R. Santiago-Rosario, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Maria R. Santiago-Rosario is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her dissertation study will explore the ways in which teachers’ perceptions of culturally responsive classroom management and behavioral expectation of students influence discipline outcomes of students from various backgrounds. She hopes that this study will help better understand the racial discipline gap, as well as develop ways to support teachers in implementing culturally responsive classroom management.

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.