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Professor Patrice Engle

Prof. Patrice L. Engle was one of the founding members and a very active Steering Committee member of the Global Child Development Group. She was a professor of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University.  A developmental psychologist, she specialized in the relationships between nutrition and child development; women’s status and empowerment and the evaluation of international early child development programs. She was involved in an evaluation of Care for Development in Central Asia, and in ECD Policy Development in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.  The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Award has been established in her memory through the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). It provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. 

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Dissertation Award

Through the generosity of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and friends and family of Prof. Patrice Engle – our founder member, a Dissertation Award has been established through the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. The Grant includes US $5,000 to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD. For details and application procedures, please see http://www.srcd.org/advancing-field/srcd-awards-research-grants/patrice-l-engle-grant

The 2014 Deadline for the Application is April 30th, 2014. Applications must be sent via email to Patrice.Engle.Grant@SRCD.ORG. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2014.Questions can be directed to Patrice.Engle.Grant@SRCD.ORG.
There were two winners for 2013 who are outstanding scholars doing ECD work in Brazil and Ethiopia that would make Pat smile! The grants will continue to be awarded annually as long as funds are available.

We are also very pleased to announce that a special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, entitled “Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Psychosocial Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development” will be published in February 2014. The issue was spearheaded by Pat and is dedicated to her. It includes the latest evidence on integrating child development and nutrition interventions in low and middle-income countries.