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SPSP's 2015 Award Recipients

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The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is honored to announce the 2015 Award Recipients!

The Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence

Mark Zanna

This award honors a personality or social psychologist who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to fostering the professional and intellectual development of students and early career researchers. It is intended to recognize exceptional and selfless efforts to shape our field through mentoring activities that promote research integrity, impact, and productivity.

The Jack Block Award for Personality Psychology Research

David Watson

This award is for career research accomplishment or distinguished career contributions in personality psychology and honors an individual who has demonstrated "analytic sophistication, theoretical depth, and wide scholarship.”

The Donald T. Campbell Award for Social Psychology Research

Brenda Major & Jennifer Crocker

This award is for career research accomplishment or distinguished career contributions in social psychology and honors an individual who "has contributed and is continuing to contribute to the field of social psychology in significant ways."

The Career Contribution Award

Harry Reis & Yaacov Trope

This award honors scholars who have 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 productive careers. 

The Robert B. Cialdini Award

David Yeager
"Breaking the cycle of mistrust: Wise interventions to provide critical feedback across the racial divide"

This award recognizes a publication "that best explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology.”

The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology

William Fleeson

This award recognizes a mid-career scholar "whose work substantially adds to the body of knowledge” in personality psychology and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology

Michele Gelfand

This award recognizes a mid-career scholar "whose work substantially adds to the body of knowledge” in social psychology and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

The Distinguished Scholar Award

Phillip Shaver

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 Media Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science

Nicholas Epley for "Mindwise"

This prize 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 Award for Excellence in Science Journalism

Ezra Klein

This award honors a member of the media for excellence in coverage of the personality and social psychology field.

The Methodological Innovation Award

Robert Rosenthal

This 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 SAGE Young Scholars Awards

Pending this fall. Apply for the award here

These awards support the research of junior colleagues and recognize "outstanding young researchers” representing the broad spectrum of personality and social psychology research areas.

The SPSP Award for Distinguished Service to the Society

Susie Schroeder

This award recognizes "distinguished service, either in the form of a particular, significant activity or cumulative contributions over time, to the Society.”

The SPSP Service to the Field on Behalf of Personality and Social Psychology Award

Laura King

This award “recognizes distinguished efforts by individuals to benefit the field of social and personality psychology,” including noteworthy efforts to support educational and research activities in the field, professional leadership, and achievements that enhance the reputation of the field.

The Student Publication Award

Samantha J. Heintzelman, Bo M. Winegard, Jiyin Cao, and Alyssa S. Fu

SPSP recognizes excellence in research by student members with its Student Publication Award. Papers are eligible for consideration if they are published in the calendar year prior to nomination in either Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Social Psychological or Personality Science.

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize

Brock Bastian
"The positive consequences of pain: A biopsychosocial approach" 
Michael Inzlicht, Brandon Schmeichel, and C. Neil Macrae
"Why self-control seems (but may not be) limited"

This prize recognizes "the most theoretically innovative article, book chapter, or unpublished manuscript of the year.” It honors theoretical articles 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.

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