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The Society of Pediatric Psychology to present Randi Streisand with the Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship

February 06, 2019
Randi Streisand

WASHINGTON Randi Streisand, Ph.D., Chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health at Children’s National Health System, will receive the Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship from Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP), a Division of the American Psychological Association. This award honors pediatric psychology faculty who go above and beyond to mentor students and provide professional advice and guidance through students’ various training phases. Streisand was selected for the award based on her exceptional mentorship in the areas of research, clinical work and overall career development through graduate school, postdoctoral fellowships and early career stages.

“I’m very honored to be selected for this distinguished award,” says Streisand. “Working with students, fellows and junior faculty members has been the highlight of my career. I really enjoy helping guide people on their own career paths. I have been fortunate to mentor many truly talented individuals, several of whom I now get to work with as valued colleagues.”

Streisand has served as a primary mentor on funded career development awards, research fellowships and dissertations. Her impressive track record of mentoring behavioral researchers has benefited six faculty members by moving Children’s fellows into tenure-track and clinical faculty positions. Furthermore, her research assistants have been accepted into leading graduate programs in psychology and health including the University of Florida, Loyola University Chicago, Georgia State University and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“Dr. Streisand’s approach to mentorship is comprehensive, and she goes the extra mile for each intern, colleague and researcher she works with,” says Roger J. Packer, M.D., Senior Vice President of  Center of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at Children's. “She has already made a major impact on the field of pediatric psychology through her superb mentorship and will continue to do so for the years to come.”

In 2017, the award was renamed the “Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship” to honor Dr. Michael Roberts whose legacy of service to SPP covered virtually all roles, including mentoring hundreds of students and board members and developing five editions of the “Handbook of Pediatric Psychology.”

The award recognition ceremony will be held during the SPP’s Annual Conference on Apr. 4-6, 2019 in New Orleans, La.

Media Contact: Jamel Langley | (301) 244-6731


About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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