Addressing Barriers to Career Development Awards for Early Career Women in Pediatric Psychology

Carolyn R. Bates*, Dana M. Bakula, Amy H. Egbert, Cynthia A. Gerhardt, Ann M. Davis, Alexandra M. Psihogios

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Objective To provide person and system-level recommendations for supporting early career women in the field of pediatric psychology in writing and submitting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development Award (K award) applications. Recommendations are provided in the context of common barriers, with a focus on practical solutions. Methods Publicly available NIH reporter data were compiled to examine rates of funding for Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) members. Barriers that women face when initiating programs of research are described and applied to the field of pediatric psychology. Results Of current SPP members, 3.9% (n ¼ 50) have ever received an NIH K award. Approximately 88.5% of SPP members identify as women, including 89.0% of SPP K award recipients. A table of person- and systems-level recommendations is provided to offer strategies for mentees, mentors/sponsors, institutions, and national organizations to address the barriers discussed. Conclusions By addressing gender-specific barriers to submitting K award applications, we hope to increase the number of women K awardees and support the scientific advancement of pediatric psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-329
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023


  • diversity equity and inclusion
  • gender stereotypes
  • professional and training issues
  • women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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