Call for nominations: 2014 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards Program

The American Psychological Association invites nominations for its scientific awards program for 2014.

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.

For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions: Describe the important theoretical and empirical contributions and their impact on the field, usually attributed to the nominee; compare the nominee with others in her/his field, including others who previously have received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; the influences the nominee has had on students and others in the same field of study. Where possible, please 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 several scientists familiar with the nominee's work; a list of 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 young psychologists. For the 2014 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2004 are being sought in these five areas: 

  • Animal learning and behavior, comparative 

  • Cognition and human learning 

  • Developmental psychology 

  • Health psychology 

  • Psychopathology

The ECA categories should be interpreted broadly and are not meant to be exclusive; all of psychology is of sufficient merit to be considered for awards. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees who are female and from underrepresented groups.

Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without the following: a statement on the worthiness of the nominee (maximum of two pages in length), a current vita, and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution. All material should be submitted electronically.

The deadline for submitting 2014 nominations is June 1, 2013.