The California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) annually awards a grant of $750.00 for outstanding research by a graduate student (up to one-year post/pre MA/Ph.D. degree) in the field of child maltreatment. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership to APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and CAPSAC.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.

CAPSAC aims to provide additional support to California professionals working in the field of child abuse through training, consultation, advocacy and networking.

Application Requirements

  • Be a graduate student within one year (before or after) of completion of a Master’s or Doctorate degree from an accredited California educational program
  • Submit a one thousand word summary of the research in progress or completed study in the field of child maltreatment. The study title should be on the first page of the summary. Identifying information (name, address, telephone number, title of study and academic institution) should be sent in a separate file that will not be sent to the reviewers
  • Submit one or two letters of recommendation from faculty members or academic readers who are familiar with your research
  • Be available to receive the award and present a poster of the study at the CAPSAC reception January 26, 2020 at the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Travel expenses will be paid (not to exceed $300.00). Alternatively, be available to receive the award and present an overview of the study at a CAPSAC meeting or a CAPSAC training event in 2020
  • Agree to the publication of the submitted summary in the CAPSAC newsletter, The Consultant

The deadline has been extended to December 1, 2019. Send submissions to the Research Award Committee Chair Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. at [email protected]. In the subject area please write “Paul Crissey Award.”

The Paul Crissey Research Grant will be awarded in January 2020.