Wendy Williams, PhD, associate professor in the department of human development at Cornell University, has received the American Psychological Foundation's (APF) 2001 Robert L. Fantz Award. Williams, whose research focuses on the development, assessment, training and societal implications of intelligence and related abilities, was nominated by the APA Committee on Scientific Affairs, and the APF's Board of Trustees approved the nomination this spring. The Fantz award was created to encourage and support the careers of promising young investigators in psychology, especially those who show particular evidence of research and publication in perceptual-cognitive development. A $2,000 grant is awarded to the winner's institution on his or her behalf for equipment purchase, professional travel and computer resources related to the work recognized.
Williams holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and her master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University. She is studying the validity of claims regarding the effectiveness of coaching programs for standardized tests such as the SAT and GRE. Williams received the 1996 Early Career Contribution Award from APA Div. 15 (Educational) and both the 1997 and 1999 Mensa Excellence in Research Awards for a senior investigator.