2011 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards Program: Call for Nominations

The American Psychological Association invites nominations for its scientific awards program for 2011. Deadlines for all nominations are June 1, 2010.

The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (DSCA) honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.

The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology (DSAAP) honors psychologists who have made exceptional theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

Letters of nominations for these awards should: (a) Describe the important theoretical and empirical contributions that are usually attributed to the nominee, and the impact of these contributions on the field; (b) Compare the nominee with others in her/his field, including others who previously have received a Distinguished Scientific Award; and (c) Describe what influences the nominee has had on students and others in the same field of study (where possible, identify the nominee’s students by name).

Nominations for these awards will not be considered without the following: a letter of nomination, a current vita, the names and addresses of three or more scientists familiar with the nominee’s work; a list of the nominee’s ten most significant and representative publications; and three reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.  All material can be submitted electronically.

The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (ECA) recognizes excellent early-career psychologists.  For the 2011 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2001 are being sought in these five areas:

  • Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience

  • Perception, motor performance

  • Social psychology

  • Individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics)

  • Applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research)

These areas should be interpreted broadly. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in receiving nominations of women and those from underrepresented groups. 

Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without the following: a statement on the contributions and promise of the nominee (maximum of two pages in length), a current vita, and up to five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.  All material should be submitted electronically.