APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Deadline: September 15, 2019

This is a photo of Janet Taylor Spence.

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.

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2019 Spence Award Recipients

Luke Chang
Dartmouth College

Mina Cikara
Harvard University

Molly Crockett
Yale University

Katherine Ehrlich
University of Georgia

Willem Frankenhuis
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Jon Freeman
New York University

Michael Treadway
Emory University

Scott Vrieze
University of Minnesota

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.