2019 Award Programs

The recent recipients of APS awards will be honored and speak at the APS Annual Convention.

James McKeen Cattell Award  |  William James Award  |  Mentor Award and Panel Discussion  |  Janet Taylor Spence Award Symposium

James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Addresses

The APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recognizes APS Members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research.  The 2019 recipients will be recognized at the APS Convention and will present Award Addresses on their research.

PTSD, Resilience, and Everything In Between: Mapping the Heterogeneity Of Potential Trauma

George A. Bonanno

Columbia University

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Psychological trauma is typically conceptualized as the presence or absence of PTSD. Bonanno discusses how this binary approach fails to capture the true heterogeneity of trauma reactions. He then describes research that maps heterogeneity as trajectories of resilience, chronicity, and other patterns, as well as the factors that predict these patterns.


Sensory Technology as Target and Tool for Applied Psychological Science

Roberta L. Klatzky

Carnegie Mellon University

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The senses are the portal to higher brain function, and a technological army with the intention of transforming sensory experience is knocking at the door. Psychological scientists make essential contributions to applying sensory-based technology in fields such as medicine and entertainment, while exploiting technical advances to better understand perception, action, and thought.  


What I’ve Learned About Psychology by Collaborating With Non-Psychologists

Robert J. MacCoun

Stanford Law School

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First by necessity and later by taste, MacCoun has collaborated with a lot of non-psychologists – economists, lawyers, political scientists, philosophers, a classicist, and a physicist. In the process, he says, he’s learned a lot about their disciplines, but also at least as much about our own — our strengths but also our blind spots.



William James Fellow Award Addresses

The APS William James Fellow Award honors APS Members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. The 2019 recipients will be recognized at the APS Convention and will present Award Addresses on their research.

Prisoners of Now: Prospection, Presentism, and the Allocator’s Illusion

Daniel T. Gilbert

Harvard University

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Our ability to imagine the future—what will happen and how we will feel about it—is new and susceptible to error. The most powerful source of error is our tendency to imagine the future through the lens of the present, which leads us to misunderstand ourselves and others.


Taking James Seriously: The Implications of Multiple Memory Systems

Lynn Nadel

The University of Arizona

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Multiple memory systems can have diverse developmental trajectories. The hippocampus matures postnatally in most species, which has important consequences for memory and cognitive development. What does it means to start life with a developing but not yet functioning hippocampus, perhaps uniquely susceptible to impacts of experience early in life?  


The Impact of Everyday Emotion

Elizabeth A. Phelps

Harvard University

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Phelps’s career as an independent scientist began with one simple insight: everyday variation in emotional experience can influence how we learn, remember, and decide. In this talk, she will review the path her career has taken as she explored the role in emotion in cognition. She will highlight how her career was influenced by her mentors’ research and the trends in psychological science. She will also review major findings from her career and discuss how they shifted her research approach.  Finally, she will highlight the contribution of a few key collaborators in changing her science for the better.


How Babies Begin Learning Their Native Language

Janet F. Werker

University of British Columbia, Canada

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Babies prefer speech at birth and rapidly become expert perceivers and comprehenders of their native language(s). From once studying perceptual development as foundational for language acquisition, it now appears the two develop in tandem. Werker explores this remarkable journey, highlighting how multimodal processes, critical periods, and bilingual environments affect acquisition



APS Mentor Awards and Panel Discussion on Mentoring

The 2019 APS Mentor Award recipients will reflect on their experiences mentoring emerging scientists during this panel discussion. The symposium will also include an awards presentation. APS Past President Robert W. Levenson, University of California, Berkeley, will serve as chair.

  • Geraldine Downey
    Columbia University
  • Carol S. Dweck
    Stanford University
  • Marcia K. Johnson
    Yale University
  • Mark H. Johnson*
    University of Cambridge and Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
*Mark H. Johnson is not able to participate in the panel discussion.

APS Janet Taylor Spence Award Symposium

The new class of Spence Award recipients will be presented with their awards during this symposium. The event will also feature presentations by past Spence Award recipients. APS President-Elect Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University, will chair.

Speakers/Past Spence Award Recipients:
Kurt Gray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Ulm University, Germany
Catherine Hartley, New York University
Tom Griffiths, Princeton University