Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund

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The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to support research and community based projects in honor of Dr. Sullivan’s work with American Psychological Association state, provincial and territorial psychological associations and his commitment to multiculturalism.

Dr. Michael Sullivan served as the assistant executive director for state advocacy of the American Psychological Association. In this position, he managed the APA Practice Directorate’s program of making resources available to 60 affiliated psychological associations in every state and several Canadian provinces and U.S. territories. A fellow of APA, Dr. Sullivan has been a strong supporter of state psychological association involvement as a means of promoting diverse and multicultural leadership in psychology and positively impacting communities.

This scholarship is in recognition of his ongoing commitment and passion related to issues of multiculturalism and inclusion.

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Read about the 2016 Scholarship Winners!

Submission Deadlines: Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. (eastern) on Friday, January 8, 2016.  Proposals must be submitted via email in Microsoft Word or PDF format and must follow the above template. The subject line should include “Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Proposal-YOUR NAME.” Send proposals to  Michael Ranney.

Research Scope: The focus of the scholarship is to support graduate level research and training related to diversity and inclusion. Listed below are examples of possible projects in the area of diversity that might be supported by the Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship. The list is not all inclusive, but is provided to offer suggestions.

  • Validate emerging methods of assessment, diagnosis, and screening of mental health concerns affecting racially/ethnically diverse individuals.
  • Examine and evaluate behavior, lifestyles, health needs and health disparities of racially/ethnically diverse individuals.
  • Study aging issues in adults who are racially/ethnically diverse.
  • Explore issues in multicultural counseling.
  • Develop a cultural framework for counseling specific populations, i.e., the able-bodied, LBGT, multiracial individuals, and so on.
  • Design a community project which decreases prejudice within a targeted population.
  • Implement a culturally sensitive psychological service intervention within an existing group or agency.

Award: Awards of up to $500 per recipient will be granted once a year and will be announced in March. Awards are intended to be used to support or assist applicants in covering expenses related to their projects or research.

Winners will be required to provide quarterly updates on the project and write an article about the outcomes. The article may be included in a publication of the Ohio Psychological Association. An evaluation of the project must be submitted to the chair of the Review Committee following the completion of the project.

Qualifications: Graduate students enrolled full time at a university or college may apply for the scholarship. The student must be in good academic standing and must be making good progress in his/her program. Any student may apply as long as the funds requested go toward the enhancement of issues of diversity and inclusion.

Submission Criteria: Submissions for scholarships from The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund should include the following:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Chair of the Review Committee.
  • Cover sheet provided below and narrative that addresses the (1) rationale for the study; (2) basic question(s) to be addressed by the study; (3) general methodology; and, (4) proposed statistical analyses (if applicable).
  • Budgets that detail projected income and expense, showing specifically how the scholarship funds will be used.
  • A list citing references you are using in your research.
  • A brief letter of support from a faculty member to the Chair of the Review Committee with the proposal. The faculty member should address the student’s ability to complete the project, the feasibility of the project and the student’s ability to complete the project in a timely manner. The letter should not be a testimonial about the student’s knowledge, skills and personal qualities.

“The Michael Sullivan award was fundamental in jump-starting my path toward becoming a clinical researcher who develops, evaluates, and disseminates culturally-responsive treatments for ethnic minority communities. Specifically, the scholarship constituted an important first step in facilitating my work of conducting an open-label trial that preliminarily tested the efficacy of a depression treatment in monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinos. This trial had very positive outcomes and I was able to receive subsequent grant funding to conduct the extension of this open-label trial into a Randomized Controlled Trial. After the Michael Sullivan Foundation scholarship, I was also able to receive additional travel awards, which may not have been possible without receiving this assistance in the first place. As a Latina graduate student, I am personally invested in the challenge of developing, evaluating, and disseminating treatment interventions that can help minorities break the barriers that detain their mental health care. Unfortunately, there are very few scholarships that support students like me in their research endeavors.  Therefore, I was very excited when I learned about the Michael Sullivan award. I feel fortunate to have received the award. I strongly believe that it assisted me in becoming one step closer to my personal and long-term career aspiration of promoting culturally competent behavioral health services in groups of diverse ethnic backgrounds. I plan on continuing to work toward the development of treatment approaches that will be able to decrease current treatment disparities and disseminate evidence-based mental health practices and care for ethnic minority groups.” Anahi Collado, 2012 Winner, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland- College Park

For additional information, contact:

The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund Review Committee
c/o Michael Ranney, PSYOHIO
395 East Broad Street, Suite 310
Columbus, OH 43215


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