Early Career Grant

The Early Career Grant awarded by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology is designed to assist early career forensic diplomate candidates. The Scholarship applies to candidates applying for forensic board certification within two years of completing an approved postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology.

Diversity Grant

The Diversity Grant awarded by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology is designed to increase the diversity of candidates seeking board certification in forensic psychology. Forensic Specialists can have the most impact on the field when they represent a wide variety of races, genders, ages, languages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, sexual orientations and religious beliefs.  The Grant applies to diverse candidates applying for forensic board certification.

Dissertation Grants

The American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) makes available up to $5,000 ($10,000 starting in 2021), with a maximum award of $1,500 per applicant ($2,000 starting in 2021) for grants to graduate students conducting dissertations in applied areas of law and psychology, with preference shown for dissertations addressing clinical-forensic issues. Awards can be used to cover dissertation costs such as photocopying and mailing expenses, participant compensation, travel reimbursement, etc. Awards cannot be used to cover tuition or related academic fees. Requests submitted in prior years are ineligible.

The American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) is pleased to announce the following individuals have been awarded Dissertation Grant Awards for 2023. The application process was competitive and the following award recipients were especially impressive.

Rachel Bomysoad, Montclair State University
Dissertation Title/Topic:  Program evaluation of Project Choices.

Mary Catlin, George Mason University
Dissertation Title/Topic:  The Role of Communication in Plea Decision-Making.

Erin Fuller, Simon Fraser University
Dissertation Title/Topic:  Structured professional judgement in violence risk assessment.

Kathleen Giarratano, California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University
Dissertation Title/Topic:  Detecting Feigned versus Genuine Symptoms for the Dissociative Subtype of PTSD.

Emily Miller, Long Island University
Dissertation Title/Topic:  Trauma, Hostile Attribution Bias, Substance Use, and Aggression among Offenders with Severe Mental Illness.

Minqi Pan, University of North Texas
Dissertation Title/Topic:  Denied Substance Use in Forensic Evaluations: Development of the PAI Substance Use Minimization (SUM) Scale.

Congratulations to each of these recipients as they stood out in a competitive applicant field. We are confident that they will make substantial contributions to the field of forensic psychology.