PLTC Student Section
Internship and Fellowship Listings with an Emphasis in Geropsychology and Long-Term Care:
Student Research Award Information
The PLTC Student Research Award is an annual award for graduate and post-doctoral students who submit a manuscript about a completed project relevant to long term care (including geropsychology as relevant to long-term care). Completed projects may include quantitative and qualitative research projects, literature reviews, program evaluation studies, intervention studies, and formal needs assessment. Calls for award submissions occur each spring through the PLTC listserve, and submissions will be accepted from student members of PLTC. The award includes $300 and a commemorative piece that will be presented at the Annual APA Convention. For further information, please contact Craig Schweon, Ph. D., Chair of the Research Committee at eMail('chsphd','gmail','com','','');>/a>.
PLTC Student Research Award Invitation 2018
PLTC is enthusiastically inviting applications for the Annual Student Research Award 2018. The website has information about some past winners and their research. We have appreciated the quality of submissions. Please note below the expanded scope of work that can be considered for the award.
Applications for the award this year should be submitted by June 1, 2018 and to allow time for review and announcements.
The Student Research Award is being administered through the Research Committee of PLTC, with additional reviewing support from members as may be required and offered. In support of research/projects relevant to long-term care, we invite applications at this time and which should be submitted to Craig Schweon, Ph.D., Chair of the Research Committee at eMail('chsphd','gmail','com','','');>/a>, and with your attachments.
We are requesting that those intending to apply submit an email letter of intent by May 1, 2018 to Craig Schweon, Ph.D. Chair of the Research Committee at eMail('chsphd','gmail','com','','');>/a>, and so that we can best prepare for reviews.
Be sure to include a cover letter and contact information, your affiliation, research/faculty mentors you have worked with as relevant to this application, as well as any other appropriate information in your email submission. A resume is not required but may be submitted as well. Please note that we are requiring that you include an abstract of your study before the text.
Consistent with what is described on the PLTC website, graduate and post-doctoral students may submit a completed project relevant to long-term care (including geropsychology as relevant to long-term care ) for the PLTC Student Research Award. Submissions will be accepted from student members of PLTC, please note we do require student members at the time of submission (student membership the first year is free at PLTC ). We certainly encourage faculty mentors to be professional members if at all possible.
Manuscripts should generally by 8-12 pages, exclusive of tables and figures. Manuscripts that are being presented as posters or in symposia at the annual GSA meeting(or at APA) will be accepted and encouraged though not required. Please note in your letter if the manuscript you submit is being presented(or has been submitted, or was recently presented). Manuscripts presented to other organizations’ award programs will not be considered for the award.
Please note that, again this year, though there will be one award, we are expanding the nature of project that can be submitted, in an effort to recognize different contributions and broaden submissions. In addition to formal research, we will consider projects with a scholarly basis such as formal literature reviews, program evaluation studies, intervention studies, formal needs assessments Qualitative and quantitative efforts will continue to be encouraged, different sample sizes depending on the nature of the study. A manuscript is required. Please feel free to consult if you have questions about the applicability of your project.
A checksheet for you to use in your preparation is provided.
Further details about the process may be sent at a later date. The award, 300 dollars and a commemorative piece, will be announced and then presented at the PLTC Meeting at the time of the Annual APA Convention in San Francisco this year during he conference from August 9-12, 2018. We will also provide recognition for the University and the research/faculty mentor While encouraged, you do not need to be present to accept the award and other arrangements can be made.
We look forward to receiving and reviewing applications.
Craig Schweon, Ph.D., Chair, Research Committee, PLTC
Past Award Winners
Brian Ludwin, M.A. -- University of Louisville
Co-Winner Elizabeth A. Dinapoli Ph.D. -- University of Alabama
Co-Winner Katalina Zackoscielna, M.A. -- University of Alabama
Evan Plys, M.A. -- University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Christine M. Etzrodt, M.S. -- Immaculata University
Weston Donaldson, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Honorable Mention: Amanda Foster, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Honorable Mention: Allison A. Jay -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Krystle Balhan Archibald -- Colorado State University,
Natalie Brescian -- Colorado State University
Mentor: Tammi Vacha-Hasse, Ph.D.
Kate L. Martin -- Colorado State University
Runner-up: Laura L. Phillips -- University of Alabama;
Susan Fisher, M.A. -- University of Alabama
Fisher, S. E., Burgio, L. D., Thorn, B. E., Allen-Burge, R., Gerstle, J., & Allen, S. J. (2002). Pain assessment
Deborah Heiser, Ph.D. -- Isabella Geriatric Center, New York, NY.
The current student representatives to PLTC are Laura Farley and Brian Ludwin. Please feel free to contact them if you have questions or want more information about student membership.
Laura Farley, MS, GCGHP
Laura is a 5th year PsyD doctoral candidate earning her psychology degree from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology in Hillsboro, OR. She is completing her degree with an internship at Aspen Pointe Behavioral Health in Colorado Springs, CO. To better serve older adults, she earned a Graduate Certificate of Gerontology for Health Care Professions requiring 15 months of interdisciplinary education. Laura’s gero related research and career interests are broad: decreasing the gap between specialized geropsychology providers and the exponentially growing older adult population, addressing the proliferation of psychopathology for those living in long-term care, and preventing attrition for those who choose a geropsychology career path. Currently, she is conducting research that aims to identify factors that contribute to career longevity for gerotherapists. Laura has a 30 year history of working with older adults in various capacities. She brings her energy and love for the work to her positon with PLTC. Laura looks forward to collaborating with the newly formed Student Leadership Task Force (SLTF) in identifying and executing SLTF objectives. Please contact her at eMail('farl5385','pacificu','edu','','');>/a>.
Rebecca Young, M.S.
Rebecca is a second year doctoral student in the clinical psychology PsyD program at California School of Professional Psychology San Francisco (CSPP-SF). She received her master’s degree in Organization Development and Leadership with a concentration of Organizational Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She received a post graduate training at University of Nottingham in the UK. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy at the Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she was a therapeutic recreation director at long-term care and post-acute care facilities. She has previously served as a board member for nonprofit originations. She was a volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association and facilitated support group meeting and in-serve staff trainings. She is a certified dementia care practitioner by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). She received additional training in dementia care from a U.K. based company and was rewarded a Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care by the Pearson Education Ltd. She is devoted to service and learning. She can be reached at eMail('ryoung','alliant','edu','','');>/a>.
Student Leadership Task Force
The Student Leadership Task Force (SLTF) is a newly formed PLTC group with a primary goal to encourage student engagement in the provision of psychological services in long-term care. The Task Force’s initial foci have included increasing recruitment, engagement with PLTC committees, and access to resources, including mentorship.
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