Three Faculty Earn Awards

The Society for General Psychology awarded Evjue-Bascom Professor and Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies Janet Hyde’s article, “The Future of Sex and Gender in Psychology: Five Challenges to the Gender Binary” as the winner of the 2019 George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology. The article examines recent empirical findings stemming from multiple disciplines to provide fundamental challenges to the notion that humans can be understood as belonging to only two categories: women and men. The authors recommend that the gender binary should be replaced by a conception of gender/sex that stresses multiplicity and diversity.

Congratulations also go to Professor Patricia Devine, winner of the 2019 Career Contribution Award of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The Career Contribution Award is a senior career award that honors a scholar who has made with major contributions to social and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas together. Among other things, Devine’s work on the control and reduction of prejudice, the role of affect in cognitive dissonance, the basic mechanisms of implicit bias, and the stereotyping effects of decision making, confirm her significant contributions to the field. Additionally, writes David Amodio, PhD’03, who nominated Devine for the award, her “papers have been cited nearly 25,000 times, and her 1989 article [in which she introduced a dual-process account of prejudice and stereotyping] is often regarded as the most highly-cited dissertation paper in social psychology.”    

Finally, congratulations go to Assistant Professor Joseph Austerweil, winner of the William K Estes Early Career Award. The Society for Mathematical Psychology presents the award annually for exceptional published research in the field of mathematical psychology by an early career investigator. Austerweil’s work examines the knowledge people use to reason and solve everyday tasks. For example, in recent work, his lab found that the unrelated concepts stored in the memory of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are much more likely to be connected than healthy controls.

Please join us in congratulating these three outstanding faculty!