Henry A. Murray Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made distinguished contributions to the study of lives and whole persons.

Sponsor: Division 8

Description

The Murray Award, established in 1978, is made annually to recognize and encourage those working in the demanding and difficult tradition pioneered by Professor Murray.

The Murray tradition may be characterized as follows: 

  • Receptiveness to the value of bringing together a variety of disciplines, theoretical viewpoints and research techniques. 
  • Conceptual tools that lend themselves to the integration of the tough and tender in personality research. 
  • A theoretical outlook that recognizes intrapsychic structure and the thematic of phenotypic diversity. 
  • Interest in imagination and in biography, literature and myth as psychological data. 
  • Interest in the biological, social, and cultural contexts of personality. 
  • A style of intellectual leadership that has contributed to outstanding work that exhibits several of these characteristics.

Awardees receive $1,000 and are asked to present a Murray Award address to the meeting of American Psychological Association the following year.

How to Apply

Nominations should include: 

  • General nomination letter.
  • Three letter of recommendation that describe how the candidate meets the award criteria.
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae (including publications).
  • No more than five articles or chapters of his/her work selected for their relevance to the award criteria.

Four hard copies of all nomination materials should be sent


Please send nominations to: 

Bill E. Peterson, PhD
Henry A. Murray Award Committee
Smith College, Department of Psychology
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: (413) 585-3764

Past Recipients
2013

Brent Roberts, PhD 

2006

Bertram J. Cohler

2005

Eric Klinger

2004

Salvadore Maddi

2003

Carol Ryff

2002

David Winter

2001

Seymour Epstein

2000

Steve West

1999

Robert White

1998

David McClelland

1997

Irving Alexander

1996

Edwin Schneidman

1995

Abigail Stewart

1994

Ted Sarbin

1992

M. Brewster Smith

1991

Jane Loevinger

1990

Sylvan Tomkins

1989

Dan McAdams

1988

Rae Carlson

1987

Alan Elms

1986

Willam Runyan

1985

Jack Block

1984

Ravenna Helson

1983

No award given

1982

Suzanne Kobasa

1981

No award given

1980

Donald MacKinnon

1979

Nevitt Sanfor