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 2020. The application process was competitive and the following award recipients were especially impressive.

Zoe Fiske, Indiana State University
Dissertation Title: Factors Associated with Police Use of Force.

Stephanie Burke, Drexel University
Dissertation Title: Educating Jurors about the Phenomenon of False Confessions with Juveniles.

Sara Hartigan, University of North Texas
Dissertation Title: Validation of the Juror Questionnaire of Views and Values (JQVV): Response Distortion in Prospective Capital Jurors.

Ashley Jones, University of Southern Mississippi:
Dissertation Title: Does Convenience Come with a Price? The Impact of Remote Testimony on Expert Credibility and Decision-Making.

Tyler Livingston, University of Nevada – Reno
Dissertation Title: Effects of felt power on emotion, ethnic bias, and judgments in a simulated capital trial.

Victoria Pietruszka, Drexel University
Dissertation Title: Heuristics and biases in law and psychology: Examining stereotype bias in racial descriptors and parole revocation decisions.

Hannah Stewart, University of New Brunswick
Dissertation Title: Characteristics of Minor Attracted Persons in the Community: Developing a Biopsychosocial-Sexual Typology of Men with Sexual Interests in Children.

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.