To be awarded Spring 2024.
The California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) annually awards a grant of $750 for outstanding research by a graduate student (or early career professional up to one-year post MA/PhD) in the field of child maltreatment, child welfare, foster care, or a related topic. 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 (apsac.org), founded in 1987, is a nonprofit membership society 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. To learn more about APSAC’s publications, see https://www.apsac.org/apsacpublications
CAPSAC aims to provide additional support to California professionals working in the field of child abuse through training, consultation, advocacy, and networking. We also publish The Consultant, a professional newsletter highlighting relevant issues for our members.
For more information and to submit your application and letter(s) of recommendation, please see CAPSAC's webpage at capsac.org.
Deadline: For consideration for the 2024 award, all materials must be received by March 1, 2024.
If you have any questions, contact Susan Hardie, PhD, at email@example.com or 310-560-1888.
To be awarded Spring 2024.
CAPSAC established the Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award in 2019 to recognize professionals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and efforts on behalf of children.
Neal Snyder graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a BA and MA in sociology, and obtained his JD from Hastings College. As an attorney, he specialized in protecting children from abuse - an area he helped make a legal specialty - and became a role model for many others in the field. Neal worked for the California State Department of Social Services in day care licensing litigation. He was a co-founder of CAPSAC, drafted its initial bylaws and assisted with its incorporation. He continued to serve as a board member, supporter, and consultant to CAPSAC for the rest of his life. Neal was an intelligent, even- tempered, positive, athletic, and kind man who loved jazz, his wife, Yvonne Garcia, their annual visits to Thailand, his children and grandchildren.
Any professional in California may submit nominations. Nominees cannot be CAPSAC Board Members or CAPSAC Executive Committee Members.
Nominees should demonstrate the mission and goals of CAPSAC:
Nominees should exhibit outstanding service in the area of child maltreatment and also model outstanding professionalism and have made contributions in the area of child maltreatment.
The Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award recipient will be selected from among the nominees by the CAPSAC Board of Directors and presented with the Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award certificate as well as a one-year membership to APSAC/CAPSAC at a CAPSAC meeting or online training event in April 2024. Also, an article about the recipient will be published in the CAPSAC newsletter The Consultant and posted on the CAPSAC website capsac.org.
Nomination Deadline: Nominations for the 2024 award, will be accepted until March 1, 2024.
1998 Kaplan, Debra Young
Maltreated Children’s Perception of Their Placement Experience. UCLA.
2000 Quas, Jodi
Children’s Memories of Experienced and Non-Experienced Events Across Repeated Interviews. UC Davis, Developmental Psychology.
2003 Bryson, Polina
The Relationship Among Intimate Partner Satisfaction, Quality of Parent-Child Interactions, and Child Physical Abuse Potential. Alliant International University, San Diego, Psychology.
2005 Ellens, Jeffrey K.
The Effects of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Parenting Stress on Psychological Distress in Children. UC Santa Barbara, Clinical Psychology.
2009 Salazar, Maria.
Defining Verbal Aggression in Child Abuse Cases by Professional Social Workers. CSULA Social Work.
LaLande, Denise Maria. Half Measures Availed Us Nothing: Policy and Practice Analysis of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Substance- Abusing Parents. CSULA Social Work.
2015 Hobbs, Sue D. & Larson, Rakel P.
Systematic Review of Interviewer Support and Rapport Effects on Children’s Reports. UC Davis & UCLA, Psychology.
2016 Wray, Wendella
A Wellness Tele-Coaching Intervention to Support Low SES Families in the “Nurturing Parenting Program”: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Loma Linda University.
2017 Knell, Catalaine
Munchausen By Proxy. CSULA.
2018 Hernandez, Julia
A Family Approach to Child Maltreatment: Engaging Fathers in the Child Welfare System.
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
2019 Chambers, Jaclyn
RED Teams: Evaluating an innovative team approach to child maltreatment decision-making. UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.
2020 Cazares, Mayra
Why Self-Love & Connectedness Matters: Enhancing Positive Outcomes among Transition-Age Youth. UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.
2021 Palmer, Lindsay
A Population-Based Examination of Adolescent Suicide and Child Protective Service Involvement. University of Southern California.
2022 Al-Suwaidi, Maha and Mukhopadhyay, Shreya
1) Socioeconomic Correlates of Childhood Neglect, University of California Los Angeles (Al-Suwaidi)
2) Foster Children’s Placement Preferences: The Roles of Kin, Siblings and Age, University of California Irvine (Mukhopadhyay)
2023 Ray, Katelyn and Wu, Yuerui
1) Examining the Relationship Between Maternal Childhood
Maltreatment and Parenting Among First-Time Mothers, California State University Fullerton (Ray)
2) Interpersonal Familiarity and Memory, University of California Davis (Wu)
Patty Shimek and Kathy Baxter, Partners in Prevention
Partners in Prevention is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2010 they have worked to increase awareness of the effects of child abuse and neglect and to promote solutions by supporting prevention services within a wide range of communities. https://partnersinprevention.org/
Dr. Sean Dugan, Shasta County
Dr. Dugan is a board certified pediatrician who focuses on child abuse and adolescent medicine. He works at both Shasta Community Health Center and Mercy Medical Center and is a founding committee member of the Children's Legacy Center in Shasta County.
David Love, LMFT, Valley Community Counseling
Mr. Love is the Executive Director and Founder of Valley Community Counseling Services, Inc. in Stockton, CA. Among his many accomplishments, he developed a program that places therapists on 80 school campuses per week providing mental health and child abuse therapy.
Heather Kregoski, El Dorado County Child Protective Services
Marlene Sturm, M.D., Children's Advocacy Center of Santa Clara County
Yaquelin Arista, StrengthUnited - Children's Advocacy Center
Lara Drino, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office