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SPSP and its affiliated societies recognize, in a number of ways, the contributions of its members, as well as those who have provided service to the society and to social and personality psychology, in general. These awards are described below, but for more information, please use the "more in this section" tab above.

Annual Awards

Service Awards

Media Awards

Student Awards

The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology


Annual Awards 

SPSP confers many annual awards for distinguished contributions to an area of research. These awards are presented at the convention the following year:

  • The Nalini Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence is designed to recognize exceptional and selfless efforts to shape our field through mentoring activities that promote research integrity, impact, and productivity.  The recipient will be a social or personality psychologist who is very well established in their career, and especially one who focuses particularly on guiding, teaching, and cultivating new minds in the field.

  • The Jack Block Award honors a scholar for his or her research accomplishment in personality psychology. Recipients are known for their analytic sophistication, theoretical depth, and the quality and breadth of their scholarship.

  • The Donald T. Campbell Award is awarded for distinguished scholarly achievement and ongoing sustained excellence in research in social psychology.

  • The Career Contribution Award honors a scholar who has made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas. Recipients are recognized for distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

  • The Robert B. Cialdini Award is awarded to the author(s) of a publication in a given year that uses field methods and demonstrates relevance to outside groups. The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (FPSP) endows this award.

  • The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology and the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology recognize two scholars (approximately 15-25 years from their first tenure-track appointment) whose work substantially adds to the body of knowledge in these two fields and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology. The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (FPSP) endows this award.

  • The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes the broad scope and potentially integrative nature of scholarship in personality and social psychology. The award honors a scholar who has made distinctively valuable research contributions across his or her career in areas that expand the core of social and personality research and/or integrates different topics in the discipline in significant ways.

  • The Methodological Innovation Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant or sustained contribution to innovative methods in social and personality psychology. The award recognizes contributions that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology.

  • The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year.


Service Awards

SPSP also confers these two awards for distinguished service:

Media Awards

SPSP confers three Media Awards (Note: may not be awarded annually):

  • The Media Achievement Award honors a person, normally outside the SPSP community, who has a sustained and distinguished record for disseminating knowledge in personality or social psychology to the general public through popular media.

  • The Media Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science (new in 2012) Honors a book written by a psychologist that makes a distinctive and important contribution to the field by promoting an understanding of the science of social and personality psychology to the general public.

  • The Media Prize recognizes a person, normally outside the SPSP community, providing the best piece in popular media that represents the contributions of personality or social psychology to the general public in a given calendar year.

Student Awards

SPSP grants several student awards for research and travel. For information on these awards, please see the Student Awards page.





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