A number of SRCD members, including incoming President Kenneth Dodge, were recognized at the 2018 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards. These awards are among the highest honors for scientific achievement by psychologists, and are awarded in three categories. Read the announcement on the APA website.
Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University [Incoming SRCD President and Governing Board Member]
Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology
For his achievements in connecting public policy and psychology and in building on models of antisocial behavioral development to create effective intervention programs. Dodge’s research is notable for both its rigor and its breadth examining the roles of situational factors, early childhood experiences and social cognitive processes in aggressive behavior. His work on the development and prevention of aggressive and violent behavior informed the creation of the Fast Track Program, which addresses the development of social and academic skills among high-risk children to prevent later violence, as well as Durham Connects, which provides in-home nurse visits for infants. His empirical and practical contributions help bridge the gap between science and meaningful programs for tackling important problems in society.
Patricia K. Kuhl, University of Washington
Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions
For her seminal contributions to understanding the foundations of speech perception in human infancy and the impact of early speech perception on later language acquisition. Kuhl’s work, rooted in sophisticated behavioral and neuroimaging approaches, has advanced research on a diversity of topics, including phonetic discrimination, auditory-visual speech perception, infant-directed speech, autism, reading, bilingualism and the role of social context in language development. Her work has produced a series of ground-breaking discoveries that have fundamentally changed how we think about the central problems of language, learning and the brain.
Andrei Cimpian, New York University
Awards for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology (Developmental Psychology)
For outstanding theoretical and empirical contributions regarding the influence of generic versus nongeneric language on children’s and adults’ concepts, and the wide range of significant downstream consequences of those conceptions. Cimpian’s research has addressed fundamental issues in child development, such as how the language that adults use in praising children affects their achievement motivation and how adults’ language can foster or prevent stereotyping and biased reasoning in children. Further, his work has documented the profound role that explanatory styles play in shaping attitudes in such areas as gender discrimination and political orientation.
Fiery A. Cushman, Harvard University
Awards for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology (Cognition and Human Learning)
For his groundbreaking research in moral psychology, integrating ideas from cognitive, social, and developmental psychology; moral and legal philosophy; evolutionary biology; cognitive neuroscience; and artificial intelligence. Cushman’s work — which emphasizes the role of learning in the formation of intuitive responses — has expanded our understanding of how we think about causing harm, how and why we assign blame and punishment, and how automatic and controlled processes combine to produce complex, goal-directed behavior. This work is providing a deeper computational and functional account of how we learn, think and make decisions about the most important questions we face.
Darby E. Saxbe, University of Southern California
Awards for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology (Health Psychology)
For exceptional contributions to understanding the intersection of social relations and biology. Saxbe’s theoretically driven, methodologically innovative work provides new insights into the neuroendocrine correlates of family dynamics through studies of hormonal co-regulation among family members, the influence of family environment on children’s stress reactions, and the impact of adverse family histories on children’s brain activation patterns linked to socioemotional processing. Her Hormones Across the Transition to Childrearing (HATCH) study provides a unique lens on biological and psychosocial factors that predict successful adjustment to parenthood and brings long overdue attention to hormonal and neurological changes in fathers’ transitions to parenthood.