DEBH & DEBH Foundation Awards
The Division for Emotional and Behavioral Health (DEBH) and the DEBH Foundation encourage and recognize those who help make students successful through our various awards, grants, and scholarships.
DEBH's awards include the:
- John Umbreit Doctoral Research Award
- Carl Fenichel Memorial Research Award
- Outstanding Leadership Award, the Outstanding Professional Performance Award
- Regional Teacher of the Year Award (region determined each year by location of the annual CEC Convention & Expo)
- Interventionist Award
Through the DEBH Foundation, we provide the:
- Dr. C. Michael Nelson Professional Development Support Grant
- Dr. Frank Wood Practitioner Grant, the Dr. Eleanor Guetzloe Undergraduate Scholarship
- Dr. Douglas Cheney Graduate Scholarship
- Dr. Lyndal Bullock Doctoral Scholarship
This award competition honors the memory of Carl Fenichel, the founder of the League school in Brooklyn, New York, who was also a pioneer in the education of children with severe behavior disorders. The purpose of the competition is to promote student research in the area of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. This award will be given to students completing research projects, theses, or dissertations in the area of children with emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding leader in the field of behavioral disorders who has made significant contributions and has had a significant impact on the field. This individual will have made significant contributions to the field of behavioral disorders through their research; leadership in state, regional, or national organizations; leadership in teacher education or practitioner preparation; or state and national policy development or implementation. The contributions made should extend over a considerable period of time. Nominations should be made by someone who is familiar with the nature and quality of the nominee’s work, and who can also speak to the nominee’s character.
The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding practicing professional who works directly with children and/or youth with severe behavioral disorders. The individual should be nominated by someone who is familiar with the nature & quality of his/her work, and who can also speak to the person’s character.
The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding teacher who currently works as a teacher of children or adolescents with emotional and/or behavioral disorders based on the area or region of that year's International CEC Conference. The individual should be nominated by someone who is familiar with the nature & quality of his/her work, and who can also speak to the person’s character and their impact on the lives of students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
This award recognizes higher education faculty who are establishing or have established a coherent line of intervention research with school-age persons with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) in authentic educational environments that improves the outcomes for children and youth, provides teachers/staff/guardians with additional practices, and adds to the field’s body of science.
John Umbreit has spent over 40 years supporting the development of future faculty who are critical thinkers and who are dedicated to serving children with special needs. His expertise includes severe/multiple disabilities, behavior analysis, and positive behavioral support. His research focuses on functional assessment-based intervention and PBIS in natural environments. He has co-authored textbooks and other scholarly writings used widely in university programs, and co-directs a web-based training curriculum for behavioral specialists in schools. In 2010, he received the Most Outstanding Teaching/Mentoring Award from the University of Arizona College of Education. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
The purpose of the new John Umbreit Doctoral Research Award is to support future leaders in his field. An award of $1,000 will be presented annually at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD) conference. TECBD is the premier educational research conference for teacher educators working with children and youth with severe behavioral disorders. Eligible applicants are those who are enrolled in an accredited doctoral program, have finished at least two years of doctoral study, and who are actively engaged in research.
This award is managed by CCBD, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization as classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation may be deductible to the extent permitted by law. CCBD’s federal tax identification number is 54-1777499.
If you would like to contribute to the John Umbreit Doctoral Research Award, please click the Donate button below. For questions, please contact David Royer at firstname.lastname@example.org
This award is a gift from colleagues, friends, and family to celebrate his work and honor his legacy beyond retirement.
Thank you for your support and celebration of John’s incredible career!
DEBH Foundation Awards
The purpose of the Dr. C. Michael Nelson Professional Development Support grant is to encourage the professional development of all persons involved in providing education or related services to children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders (E/BD) consistent with the mission of CCBD. Professional Development Support will provide funding up to $500 to enable practitioners to attend professional development activities that are supported by CCBD (e.g., TECBD, CEC conferences).
The purpose of the Dr. Frank Wood Practitioner Grant is to recognize the professional application of knowledge and skills to improve academic, social, emotional, and community employment-based outcomes for children and youth with behavioral disorders. The CCBD Foundation will award funding of up to $500 to implement a high quality practice or program that directly serves students in their educational setting.
Dr. Eleanor Guetzloe - Undergraduate Scholarship
Dr. Douglas Cheney - Graduate Scholarship
Dr. Lyndal Bullock - Doctoral Scholarship
The purpose of the CCBD Foundation Academic Scholarship is to support undergraduate and graduate study in the area of emotional/behavioral disorders. The CCBD Foundation will award a $500 scholarship to one undergraduate, one graduate, and one doctoral student towards educational expenses.
Interested in applying?
Applicants must be employed as an educator working with students with EBD or be registered to attend/attending undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education.
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