Jon Cohen, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute
The APA Distinguished Scientific Awards, which are among the highest honors for scientific achievement by psychologists, are made in three categories:
The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award recognizes senior scientists for distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. This award, which was first made in 1956, is typically given to three scientists each year.
The Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology recognizes psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems. This award, which was first made in 1973, is typically given to one scientist each year.
The Award for Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers (up to 10 years after receiving their doctorates). The award, which was first made in 1974, is currently given to scientists in five specific research areas each year. (A total of ten research areas are considered, with each area covered in alternating years.)
The Committee on Scientific Awards, which is overseen by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and staffed by the APA Science Directorate, selects the recipients of these awards on the basis of nominations submitted by a wide range of scientists and institutions. Reviewers with expertise in particular areas of research provide further advice to the committee.
The recipients will accept their awards at a ceremony at the 2010 APA Convention in San Diego and will be guests of honor at the Science Directorate’s reception at the Convention. The winners of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology will also deliver featured lectures at the Convention.
The recipients and their award citations are shown on the below link. Further information about the recipients’ backgrounds and research will appear in the November awards issue of American Psychologist.