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The Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant provides funding of $10,000 for doctoral students in departments of psychology, education, or related areas that can support research in behavioral development.

The grant supports doctoral student research that incorporates behavioral principles to advance understanding of human development. Developmental concepts could include chronological and developmental age, neurobiological and genetic factors associated with development, or the impact of developmental trajectories on adult behavior.

While intervention research could be appropriate, the primary research questions (independent variables) must be related to developmental and behavior analytic principles. Examples are changes in reinforcer preference with age, effectiveness of verbal behavior interventions in children of differing developmental ages, the development of second languages or bilingualism, equivalence relations, delay discounting, neurobiological correlates or interventions, the role of epigenetic influences, or environment-gene-behavior interactions.

While the goal must be to understand child development, the experimental model may involve laboratory animals. The primary purpose may not be to overcome deficits or challenges associated with a behavioral disorder or developmental disability (e.g., ADHD, autism), independent of a fundamental developmental principle.

Interested Doctoral students may apply online here: Applications are due by February 12, 2020.