APS Committees

Awards & Recognitions

Each award or recognition committee is made up of approximately 5 to 7 members. Members are asked to serve a 3-year term, with some exceptions to ensure staggered terms. The chair of each committee is appointed year-by-year from among continuing committee members.


James S. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

The APS James S. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award for Transformative Scholarship honors APS Members for their lifetime of outstanding psychological research that advances understanding of historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups and/or understanding of the psychological and societal benefits of racial/ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion. The type of scholarship honored by the award is broad in scope and research methodology, and encompasses research on historically disadvantaged racial/ethnic groups residing anywhere in the world. Recipients must be APS members, and their contributions may be in any field or area of psychological science.

2023 APS James S. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, a Committee of the APS Board of Directors

  • Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Stanford University
  • Michele Gelfand, Stanford University
  • Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan
  • Ann Kring, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vonnie C. McLoyd, University of Michigan

William James Fellow Award Committee

The William James Fellow Award honors APS members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Recipients must be APS members recognized internationally for their outstanding contributions to scientific psychology. Nominations for the award are solicited each fall, and the committee’s work generally is in late fall and winter.

2023 APS William James Fellow Award Committee

  • Alice H. Eagly, Chair, Northwestern University
  • Linda Bartoshuk, University of Florida
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow, The University of Chicago
  • E. Tory Higgins, Columbia University
  • Janet Werker, University of British Columbia
  • Cindy Yee-Bradbury, University of California, Los Angeles

James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Committee

The James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recognizes APS members for their outstanding lifetime contributions to the area of applied psychological research. Recipients must be APS members whose research addresses a critical problem in society at large. Nominations for the award are solicited each fall, and the committee’s work generally is in late fall and winter.

2023 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Committee

  • Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, Chair, University of California, Los Angeles
  • David Clark, University of Oxford
  • Phoebe Ellsworth, University of Michigan
  • Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware
  • Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, University of Amsterdam

APS Mentor Award Committee

The APS Mentor Award recognizes those who have significantly fostered the careers of others, honoring APS members who masterfully help students and others find their own voice and discover their own research and career goals. Nominations for the award are solicited each fall, and the committee’s work generally is in late fall and winter.

2023 APS Mentor Award Committee

  • Susan Fiske, Chair, Princeton University
  • Edna Foa, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maryanne Garry, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Paul Harris, Harvard University
  • Ann Kring, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charo Rueda, Universidad de Granada

Janet Taylor Spence Award Committee

The APS Janet Taylor Spence Award was established to recognize transformative early career contributions to psychological science. Award winners should reflect the best of the many new and cutting-edge ideas coming out of our most creative and promising investigators who, together, embody the future of psychological science. Recipients of the Spence Award automatically receive APS Fellow status. Nominations for the award are solicited each fall, and the committee’s work is in late fall and winter.

2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award Committee

  • Reeshad S. Dalal, Chair, George Mason University
  • Willem Frankenhuis, Utrecht University
  • Kurt Gray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tania Lombrozo, Princeton University
  • Dean Mobbs, California Institute of Technology
  • Robb Rutledge, Yale University

Fellows Committee

Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. Fellow status is typically awarded for one’s scientific contributions, but may also be awarded for exceptional contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. Researchers who have an outstanding record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, working with research participants from diverse backgrounds, and making outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion within the field of psychological science qualify for consideration.  Candidates will be considered after 10 years of postdoctoral contribution. Nomination applications are reviewed twice per year, in the spring and fall.

Fall 2021 APS Fellows Committee

  • Ayse Uskul., Chair, University of Kent
  • NiCole Buchanan, Michigan State University
  • Fang Fang, Peking University
  • Shihui Han, Peking University
  • Richard Ivry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Yuri Miyamoto, Hitotsubashi University
  • Natalie Sebanz, Central European University
  • Fei Xu, University of California, Berkeley

Rising Stars Committee

The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research career whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. Nominations for the award are solicited each fall, and the committee’s work is in late fall and winter.

APS Rising Stars Committee, 2021-2022 Cycle

  • Kristina R. Olson, Chair, University of Washington
  • Eliza Bliss-Moreau, University of California, Davis
  • Daniel Casasanto, Cornell University
  • Paige Harden, University of Texas at Austin
  • Silvia Koller, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil
  • Kristin Laurin, University of British Columbia
  • Seth Pollak, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Mo Wang, University of Florida

Annual Convention Program Committee

The APS Convention Program Committee comprises approximately 10 members representing major fields of study within psychological science. Members are asked to serve a 3-year term, with some exceptions to ensure staggered terms. The chair is appointed year-by-year from among continuing committee members. The Program Committee develops the scientific program of the APS Annual Convention. The committee invites presentations from leading researchers and academics and accepts submissions for consideration for inclusion in the program. Proposals are submitted and reviewed through an online Call for Submissions. Committee membership is balanced among various areas of research. This is a year-round committee, with work for the following year’s convention usually beginning each May at the convention itself.

2022 APS Annual Convention Program Committee

  • Ethan F. Kross, Chair, University of Michigan (General)
  • Aaron J. Fisher, University of California, Berkeley (Clinical Science)
  • Aaron C. Kay, Duke University (Social)
  • Kristen A. Lindquist, University of North Carolina (Personality/Emotion)
  • Sheri J. Y. Mizumori, University of Washington (Biological/Neuroscience)
  • Amanda Kay Montoya, University of California, Los Angeles (Quantitative)
  • Franco Pestilli, The University of Texas at Austin (Cognitive)
  • Essi Viding, University College London (Developmental)
  • Sang Eun Woo, Purdue University (Industrial/Organizational)

ICPS Program Committee

The ICPS Program Committee develops the scientific program of the biannual International Convention of Psychological Science. The committee invites presentations from leading researchers and academics and accepts submissions for consideration for inclusion in the program. Proposals are submitted and reviewed through an online Call for Submissions. Committee membership is balanced among various areas of research. ICPS programs focus on integrative science that cuts across disciplinary and geographic boundaries. Members typically work on a single convention, the planning of which spans 2 years.

2021 ICPS Program Committee

  • Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, Co-Chair, University College London
  • Yoshihisa Kashima, Co-Chair, University of Melbourne
  • Moustafa Bensafi, Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon
  • Olivier Klein, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Elisabeth Pacherie, Institut Jean-Nicod

Election Committee

APS elections are held in the spring of each year for a president elect and two member-at-large seats. The Election Committee assembles slates that are balanced among various areas of research and interest within psychological science and strives to ensure that the pool of candidates represents diversity along multiple dimensions. The bulk of the committee’s work takes place from January to April each year.

2022 Election Committee

  • Angela Gutchess, Chair, Brandeis University
  • Margaret E. Beier, Rice University
  • Angelo Brandelli Costa, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Ying-Yi Hong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, University of Delaware
  • Charan Ranganath, University of California, Davis

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee consists of the APS President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, and Treasurer, who serves as chair.  The duties of the Committee include reviewing the proposed annual budget and financial reports prepared by the Treasurer and advising the Board of Directors on the management of the association’s assets.

2020–2021 Finance Committee

  • Richard Ivry, Chair, University of California, Berkeley (APS Treasurer)
  • Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan (APS President)
  • Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Stanford University (APS President-Elect)
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University (APS Immediate Past-President)
  • Robert Gropp, Executive Director, Association for Psychological Science (Ex Officio)

Publications Committe

APS publishes six journals: Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Clinical Psychological Science, and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science

The Publications Committee performs such activities as assigned by the APS Board of Directors, ranging from overseeing searches for journal editors to evaluating proposals for new journals to making recommendations on future directions in the area of publications. The chair is the first point of escalation for questions of publication ethics and policy that rise above routine issues handled by the journal editors. 

APS Publications Committee

  • Elaine Walker, Chair, Emory University
  • Elaine Fox, University of Adelaide
  • Diane Carol Gooding, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Catherine Hartley, New York University
  • Ursula Hess, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Ruth Kanfer, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Denise Wu, National Central University, Taiwan
  • Robert Gropp, Executive Director, Association for Psychological Science (Ex Officio)

Ad-Hoc Committees

The following committees support various programs and initiatives. Terms are generally 3 years, with some exceptions to stagger rotations. Chairs are typically invited year-by-year from among continuing members.


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Association for Psychological Science is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our leadership, membership, activities, staff, and field. Including members of underrepresented groups in meaningful ways is a vital part of this commitment. As the Diversity and Inclusion Committee pursues short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals to promote diversity and inclusion in all areas of APS, it identifies strategies to achieve those goals and explores how APS can contribute to increasing diversity of the field more broadly.

APS Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Mary Murphy, Chair, Indiana University
  • Shauna Cooper, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ann Kring, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Tran Le, Texas Tech University
  • Keith Maddox, Tufts University
  • Sheri Mizumori, University of Washington
  • Seth Pollak, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Committee on Global Engagement

The APS Ad-Hoc Committee on Global Engagement is charged with engaging individuals from across the APS membership in discussions that contribute to the acquisition of data and insights that inform APS efforts to cultivate and catalyze a global scientific community dedicated to fostering the development and furtherance of psychological science around the world. The Ad-Hoc Committee shall endeavor to pursue its work primarily through virtual meetings and discussions but is encouraged to consider hosting in-person meetings for attendees of the APS Annual Convention and ICPS. Read the full charge here.

APS Ad-Hoc Committee on Global Engagement

  • Rachael Jack, Co-Chair, University of Glasgow
  • Michele Gelfand, Co-Chair, Stanford University

Open Science Committee

The goal of the newly constituted committee on scientific transparency and open science practices is to identify and advance APS priorities in these areas. 

APS Open Science Committee

  • Maryanne Garry, Chair, University of Waikato
  • Marcel van Assen, Tilburg University
  • Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Katie Corker, Grand Valley State University
  • Stuart Ritchie, King’s College, London

Teaching Fund Committee

The APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science was established in 2004 with an endowment from The David and Carol Myers Foundation. Under the auspices of the APS Board of Directors, the Teaching Fund Committee plans and implements initiatives to enhance the teaching of psychological science. The Teaching Fund Small Grant Program provides seed support for projects aimed at strengthening the teaching enterprise in psychological science in the United States and abroad. The Translating Research to Improve the Teaching of Psychological Science Program provides grants to support the development of evidence-demonstrated interventions that apply well-established principles to improve the teaching of psychological science. Also supported by the fund is the annual APS-David Myers Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychological Science, delivered at the APS Convention, as well as APS activities, such as internships, related to the public understanding of psychological science.

Spring 2022 APS Teaching Fund Committee

  • Laurie Hunter, Chair, Christopher Newport University
  • Pedro Albuquerque, Universidade do Minho
  • Cindy Bukach, University of Richmond
  • Nnamdi Pole, Smith College
  • Adam Putnam, Furman University
  • Jessi Smith, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund Committee

The William K. & Katherine W. Estes Fund was established to extend the legacy of one of the most influential psychological scientists of the past century, William K. Estes. Jointly overseen by APS and the Psychonomic Society, the Estes Fund supports a variety of activities aimed at strengthening methodology in mathematical, quantitative, and experimental psychology and related areas. Most notably, the Fund awards grants to support workshops and summer schools that train psychological scientists in mathematical and computational modeling methods.

2021-2022 Estes Fund Committee

  • Alice Healy, Chair, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Elizabeth L. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Mike Jones, Indiana University
  • James Nairne, Purdue University
  • Richard Shiffrin, Indiana University