Deadline: September 15, 2020
The APS Janet Taylor Spence Award recognizes APS members who have made transformative early career contributions to psychological science.
Research contributions can be transformative in various ways, such as the establishment of new approaches or paradigms within a field of psychological science, or the development or advancement of boundary-crossing research. Award recipients reflect the best of the many new and cutting edge ideas coming from of our most creative and promising investigators who together embody the future of psychological science.
Recipients of the APS Janet Taylor Spence Award are recognized at a special symposium at the APS Annual Convention.
2020 Spence Award Recipients
Eight psychological scientists have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award. The recipients are Dylan Gee (Yale University), Samuel Gershman (Harvard University), Hyowon Gweon (Stanford University), Kathryn Humphreys (Vanderbilt University), Luke Hyde (University of Michigan), Nour Kteily (Northwestern University), Amitai Shenhav (Brown University), and Jennifer Trueblood (Vanderbilt University).
This Award is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Janet Taylor Spence, the first elected APS President. Spence’s career exemplified transformative contributions to psychological science. She developed new approaches to research and pioneering tools including the Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale and the Attitudes Toward Women Scale, and she epitomized the spirit of crossing disciplinary boundaries with work on topics ranging from schizophrenia to developmental psychology to gender bias.
The first awards were conferred by Spence herself in May 2010 at the APS 22nd Annual Convention.