The Diener Award in Personality is designed to recognize a scholar (approximately 15-25 years from their first tenure-track appointment) whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the personality field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.
Starting in 2012, the recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium, in addition to up to $1,500 in convention attendance expenses. This Award is endowed by FPSP.
A generous gift by Ed and Carol Diener to FPSP has endowed this award for outstanding contributions to the field of personality psychology by scientists in their mid-career. The Foundation thanks Carol and Ed Diener for this award and SPSP for administering the selection of the award recipient.
2012 Richard Robins
2011 Laura King
2010 Todd Heatherton
2009 Oliver John
2008 David Watson
2007 Brent Roberts
Dr. Rick Robins’ many contributions to the field of personality psychology, integrating individual differences with social and developmental processes, are innovative and programmatic. He is a broad and creative theorist, a careful and sophisticated methodologist, and productive researcher. His contributions fall into three broad areas: (a) the nature and development of personality and its consequences for psychological functioning, (b) self-esteem processes and development, and (c) the regulation and expression of self-conscious emotions. He has also published important papers about trends in the field of psychology. Several important features characterize his work: the use of both longitudinal and experimental designs; the use of multiple measures and data sources; the study of people in naturalistic interactions and contexts; an emphasis on individual differences as well as general social processes; and an attempt to understand development across the lifespan, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood. Overall, his work is theoretically driven, programmatic, and focused on important topics and questions. Dr. Robins recently co-edited the Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research, which serves as a contemporary definition of the field. He also recently published two articles that compare and contrast the research methods, statistical procedures, and underlying theoretical assumptions of researchers in personality and social psychology. In a "Perspectives” for Science, Dr. Robins discussed the implications of recent findings in the field of personality psychology for a number of broader scientific and societal issues, including health and mortality, criminality and drug abuse, academic and job success, and the capacity to have successful and lasting relationships. Dr. Robins is truly a leader in the field of personality psychology, and his work provides an intellectual foundation for many important areas within personality psychology, and between personality and social psychology.
The recipient of the 2011 Carol and Ed Diener Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions to Personality Psychology was Laura King. Dr. King received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of California Davis and began her career at Southern Methodist University. She moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001, where she is now the Frederick A. Middlebush Professor. Dr. King has made significant and substantial contributions to personality psychology for the past 20 years. Her research on life meaning and positive psychology has been well received by the field, as indicated by her receiving the Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. Dr. King has published many important findings about the happiness of specific groups, such as gay adults, and these studies have informed the understanding of the personality dynamics of these groups, as well as how people make meaning from life. Throughout her career she has focused on how people fulfill their wishes, what factors contribute to experience of living a good life, and the subjective nature of self-reflection.
The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology is a recently formed organization that has been established to raise funds and sponsor philanthropic activities advancing the discipline. As a non-profit charitable organization incorporated in the state of New York, the Foundation is an independent entity legally separate from related organizations, but shares the commitment of those organizations to personality and social psychology. It focuses on development and fundraising, seeking gifts and donations to fund activities that would augment and broaden the vigor of personality and social psychology. In doing so, it seeks to provide crucial support for forward-looking and long-term activities supporting discovery and teaching in personality and social psychology.
The submission period is now closed for this 2013 Award.
Specifically, the award is designed to recognize a scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge in the personality psychology field. The recipient will be a researcher who is approximately 15-25 years past his or her first tenure-track appointment, and especially one who has successfully bridged boundaries between disciplines, including a scholar whose work brings together personality psychology and social psychology.
- Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
- The Panel reserves the right to also nominate potential recipients for this award.
- Submission material: A letter of recommendation and a CV of the nominee in electronic format sent to DienerPersonality@gmail.com.
- Please designate that the nomination is for the Diener Award in Personality
The submission deadline is May 15, 2013
- The recipient receives a cash award of $1,000 and up to $1,500 for SPSP convention expenses.
- This Award will be presented at the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which will take place in Austin, TX, February 13-15 2014.
Members of this year’s Award Nomination Panel for the Diener Award in Personality are Laura King (Chair), Rick Robins, and Shige Oishi.
Questions should be directed to the Chair at DienerPersonality@gmail.com.