The purpose of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Dissertation Award is to promote excellence in research training in school psychology with the foremost goal to support dissertations that are innovatively focused on DEI thereby enhancing the capacity of doctoral scholars to advance the science of school psychology by promoting diversity science research within the field of school psychology. Diversity science addresses “how people create, interpret, and maintain group differences among individuals, as well as the psychological and societal consequences of these distinctions. . . [and recognizes that] significant social distinctions are not simply natural, neutral, or abstract” (Plaut, 2010, p.77). Although not all quality proposals submitted can be funded, each student will receive feedback intended to contribute to the student’s enthusiasm for and competence in research with a DEI emphasis.

RFP for Fall 2023 SSSP DEI Dissertation Grant. Applications are due on October 16th, 2023

Previous Recipients


  • Sahian Cruz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, (Mentor: Andrew Garbacz). “Schoolwide Family Engagement for Liberation: From the Perspectives of Latine Caregivers.” 


  • Briana Joy Williams, Michigan State University, (Mentor: John S. Carlson). “Investigating The Efficacy of ‘Tuning In To Kids’ To Explore Emotion Socialization In Black Parents of Preschoolers.”