Honoring 2013 Awardees
APF honors the 2013 Gold Medalists and the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teacher of Psychology.
Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD, MPH
Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology
This award recognizes Patrick DeLeon, PhD, JD, MPH, for his lifelong commitment to the profession of psychology. From his earliest days as a psychologist, DeLeon has been intimately involved in every aspect, and almost every significant development, in the evolution of the field. He has truly come to represent the entire field of psychology. He has educated an entire generation of psychologists on the importance of advocacy and has led the vital evolution of psychology into a true health service profession. His influence, mentorship and vision spanning four decades are eminently deserving of this honor.
Jacquelynne S. Eccles, PhD
Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest
Jacquelynne Eccles, PhD, is recognized as a distinguished scholar who has made a major impact on education and public policy. Eccles is a leading scholar in the area of personality and social development in educational contexts. Her Expectancy-Value Model is a dominant conceptual framework for understanding how individual, families and schools shape academic achievement and motivation. Eccles’ work has changed the educational policies and practices in America for the better. Her work has led to a significant school reform and socialization processes to make them more motivating and less stressful contexts for adolescents, especially for girls.
Elizabeth Loftus, PhD
Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology
Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of memory during the past 40 years that are remarkable for their creativity and impact. She has been a pioneering scientist in the area of memory distortion and false memories. Her imaginative and rigorous research has had a profound impact on the field of psychology, on scholars outside the field and on the administration of justice around the world.
Frank Schmidt, PhD
Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology
Frank Schmidt, PhD, is recognized or his lifelong work in developing new research methods and applying them to important problems in applied psychology. His methods reveal and correct the biases in psychological research results created by distorting study artifacts such as sampling error, measurement error, range restriction and range enhancement, and others artifacts. The methods of meta-analysis developed in this career long effort have changed research conclusions in research areas across multiple fields of psychology and in areas outside psychology such as human resource management, organizational behavior, political science, economics and medical and nursing research.
Dana S. Dunn, PhD
Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award
Erudite, elegant and entrepreneurial are terms that characterize the work of Dana S. Dunn, PhD, winner of the 2013 American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. An enthusiastic advocate for the role of psychology in the liberal arts, Dunn incorporates an interdisciplinary grounding in his scholarly perspective that is evident in his independent work as well as his many scholarly collaborations. A past president of Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), Dunn consistently and effectively expands resources for psychology faculty by turning simple curiosity into polished scholarly works. He is a consummate classroom teacher, a world-class scholar and a generous colleague and mentor.