CLD Outstanding Researcher Award


In an effort to promote and acknowledge research, the Council for Learning Disabilities recognizes an outstanding researcher who submits a manuscript-length paper about learning disabilities that is based on a doctoral dissertation completed within the last five years. The submission must not be under consideration for or the recipient of another award. The award recipient is a guest at the annual international conference, where they will receive complimentary registration and CLD membership or renewal. The recipient is also presented with a certificate of recognition and a $500 honorarium to be presented at the 2018 International Conference on Learning Disabilities in Portland, Oregon. The recipient will be profiled in LD Forum (the CLD newsletter) and on the national CLD website. Additionally, the recipient’s paper will be submitted for possible publication in Learning Disability Quarterly. Because of this consideration, the submitted manuscript cannot be simultaneously submitted to or published in another journal.

To download a .pdf copy of the ORA requirements, click here. The current deadline for submissions for the ORA is May 1, 2018.



Submissions cannot be made by a second party on behalf of an author.  Each submission should include the following information: (i) one blinded copy of the APA-formatted paper (max.35 pages), (ii) an abstract, (iii) a brief bio of the first author, (iv) a professional photo of the first author, (v) a 50-word program-entry description of the piece, and (vi) a cover letter with the following information:

  • Degree-granting university
  • Major advisor
  • Year doctoral degree conferred
  • Confirmation that the manuscript has not been submitted to or published in another journal

The required materials should be submitted by the author to:

Dr. Kelli D. Cummings, CLD Research Committee Chair,


The 35-page limit for the manuscript includes the title page, abstract, main document, and references. It does not include tables and figures. Submissions that exceed the page limit or are incomplete will not be reviewed.

The winner of ORA is required to attend the CLD 2018 conference to present the awarded work.

  • The deadline for submission of papers is May 1, 2018. Submissions time stamped after 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 1 will not be reviewed. The winner will be notified by July 15, 2018.


CLD Outstanding Researcher Award Winners


For additional information, contact Kelli Cummings,  Research Committee Chair,  or Deborah Reed, President