APS Mentor Award

The APS Mentor Award recognizes psychology researchers and educators who have shaped the future directions of science by fostering the careers of students and colleagues.

A mentor can be many things: That professor or advisor who made a special effort, transforming our career paths; that inspirational researcher who influenced a larger group of scientists through broader efforts, such as leading an organization or laboratory, or through lecturing and conducting seminars and workshops. There may be other models as well, including for undergraduate institutions and applied settings.

The APS Mentor Award honors the importance of mentoring in our field as well as the dedication and impact of individuals with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues. The APS Mentor Awards are presented each year at the APS Annual Convention.

APS’s lifetime achievement awards are not exclusive. In other words, an exceptional psychological scientist might be awarded all of them.

Submit an APS Mentor Award Nomination

View a list of Mentor Award Recipients

APS Mentor Award Committee

Paul Harris (Chair),
Harvard University

Ann Kring,
University of California, Berkeley

Kazuo Mori,
Matsumoto University, Japan

Charo Rueda,
University of Granada, Spain

Kenneth Steele,
Appalachian State University

Serena Zadoorian,
University of California, Riverside

2022 Award Winners

Susan E. Carey

Harvard University


Susan E. Carey’s prodigious mentoring of undergraduate, PhD, and postdoctoral students has pushed her students to engage in deep, theoretical engagement with research, to appreciate the broader connections between their own work and the general nature of psychological science, to value the strength of argument, and to question the assumptions of others. Carey received the APS William James Fellow Award in 2002.

Serena Chen

University of California, Berkeley

Serena Chen

The first Asian American chair of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Serena Chen mentors through her amazing work in several domains as well as her collaborations with her students and colleagues, including junior faculty members.

Kazuo Mori

Matsumoto University

Kazuo Mori

Kazuo Mori’s mentorship, which has led to fruitful international collaborations, has included writing small grant proposals to send students equipment, bring them to Japan for conferences, alert them of job opportunities, and publish collaborative work.

Anna C. (Kia) Nobre

University of Oxford

In her 26-year career at the Brain & Cognition Lab, Anna C. (Kia) Nobre has prioritized her mentees in their discussions about career development, projects, and ideas while demonstrating impeccable attention to detail, kindness, and humility.

Henry M. Wellman

University of Michigan

Henry M. Wellman

An extraordinary scientific researcher in the field of development, Henry M. Wellman encourages students to think outside of the box, ponder broad scientific questions, and identify research questions that are fundamental to them.