APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Deadline: September 15, 2020

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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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 G. Gee (Yale University), Samuel Gershman (Harvard University), Hyowon Gweon (Stanford University), Kathryn L. Humphreys (Vanderbilt University), Luke W. Hyde (University of Michigan), Nour Kteily (Northwestern University), Amitai Shenhav (Brown University), and Jennifer S. 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.

APS Janet Taylor Spence Award Committee
Reeshad S. Dalal (Chair), George Mason University
Anne Cutler, University of New South Wales
J. Kiley Hamlin, University of British Columbia
Greg Hajcak, Florida State University
Betsy Levy Paluck, Princeton University
Robb Rutledge, Yale University