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Psychological science is well represented among Presidential Early Career Awards

Honorees work in such fields as neuroscience, child development, education and trauma.

President Obama recently named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor given by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. Recipients are nominated by science agencies of the federal government.

The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., ceremony later this year. Winners may also receive additional research funding from their nominating agency.

Among the awardees are five psychologists:

Jeremy Clark Jeremy Clark

Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington
Clark investigates reward systems in the brain and their role in addiction.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)





Katherine Iverson Katherine Iverson

Women's Health Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System
Iverson conducts research on intimate partner violence and mental health treatment following traumatic events.
(Nominated by Dept. of Veterans Affairs.)




Jeffrey D. Karpicke Jeffrey Karpicke

Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University
Karpicke conducts research on human learning and memory, including applications for education.
(Nominated by Dept. of Education and National Science Foundation.)





Yael Niv Yael Niv

Dept. of Psychology, Princeton University
Niv's work examines the neural and computational processes underlying reinforcement learning and decision-making.
(Nominated by Dept. of Defense.)




Jonathan Pillow Jonathan Pillow

Depts. of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of Texas at Austin
Pillow's work investigates the neural mechanisms of visual information processing.
(Nominated by National Science Foundation.)





Other awardees recognized for their work in areas that fall within or overlap with psychological science include:


Damien Fair Damien Fair

Depts. of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University
Fair uses imaging techniques to investigate the mechanisms of brain development.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)





Jessica Gill Jessica Gill

National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
The goal of Gill's research is to understand the mechanisms underlying differential responses to combat trauma and traumatic brain injury.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)




Xue Han Xue Han

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Han's research aims to develop neurotechnologies for the treatment of brain disorders.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)





Young-Shin Kim Young-Shin Kim

Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
Kim's work investigates the distribution and etiology of childhood onset developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and disruptive behavioral disorders.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)




Young-Suk Kim Young-Suk Kim

School of Teacher Education, Florida State University
Kim's research is concerned with children's development of language and literacy skills.
(Nominated by Dept. of Education.)





Gaby Maimon Gaby Maimon

Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function, Rockefeller University
Maimon's research aims to link the electrical activity of neurons and the biochemical action of molecules to their computational roles in animal behavior.
(Nominated by Dept. of Health & Human Services.)




The full list of awardees can be found on the White House press release. The American Psychological Association congratulates all the PECASE honorees.