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Apply for the 2019 Dolores Norton Research Award

2019 Dolores Norton Research Award Application form [pdf, 610kb]

The Dolores Norton Research Award is presented each year to recognize a promising doctoral student or post-doctoral scholar in the field of infant and toddler social-emotional health, development, and intervention. The award honors Dolores Norton, known to most as “Dodie,” who is the Samuel Deutsch Professor Emerita at the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago.

Professor Norton has been a mentor to a generation of graduate students who learned from her the importance of early childhood development, the roles of community and culture in early development, the principles of family support practice, and the ways research can inform practice. Dr. Norton devoted her research career to understanding children and families living in conditions of poverty and to understanding children and families through the complex lens of a systems ecological framework.

The award provides $5,000 to support research on an open topic regarding:

  1. social-emotional development or mental health during the zero to five age period;
  2. behaviors, beliefs, and mental health of expectant parents or parents of young children; and/or
  3. interventions for infants, young children, or families.

The award is open to doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows enrolled in or affiliated with an educational or research institution in Illinois. Area of discipline is open.

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following by the application deadline.

  1. Application form, download here [pdf, 610kb]
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. Letter of recommendation from primary adviser that includes comments on feasibility and timeline of
    proposed project. The letter should be submitted directly to email address below.

Applications will be reviewed by the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health Research Committee. The recipient will be chosen based on the quality of the study proposed and the potential for contribution to the scholarly literature and to practice.

The award will be presented on October 11, 2019, at the ILAIMH Annual Conference (the awardee will be notified in advance, and will be given complimentary registration for the conference, as well as a one year membership in ILAIMH).

The awardee will be expected to present a progress report after one year that indicates how they have used the funds and the progress of the proposed project. The awardee is also expected to present on the project to the ILAIMH membership in a brief report in the ILAIMH newsletter.

Application deadline

All applications must be received by 5 pm (CT), August 23, 2019

Submit applications to:

David J. Bridgett, Ph.D., ILAIMH Research Committee Norton Award Chair,