The APS Interest Group on Psychology and Ageing invites submissions for the Elsie Harwood Award.

The award was established to recognise the pioneer work of Dr Elsie Harwood in psychological research with older people. The award aims to raise awareness in the field of psychology and ageing and to encourage students to carry out research in this field. The award is for the best empirical research project in the field of ageing, submitted as part of an accredited fourth year program in psychology or an accredited Masters by coursework program in psychology.


  1. The Elsie Harwood Award is the responsibility of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, who will also fund the Award.  
  2. The Convener of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group will appoint a selection committee of at least two members of the Interest Group to be responsible for recommending an appropriate Award recipient to the Board.
  3. Supervisors of projects entered for the Award will not be eligible to serve as members of the selection committee.
  4. The Award will be presented at either the Society’s Annual Conference or at the biennial national meeting of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, and the successful candidate will be announced in InPsych.


  1. Nominees need not be members of the Society.
  2. Students, who in the period since the previous Award was made, have completed a fourth year theoretical essay or empirical research project or an applied Masters coursework thesis in the field of ageing, submitted as part of the requirements of an APAC accredited fourth year program in psychology or a postgraduate program, are eligible for nomination for the Award.

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for the Elsie Harwood Award should:
    1. be advertised in InPsych;
    2. be provided to the Heads of Department of each tertiary institution with APAC accredited fourth year programs that has independent membership of the Australian ViceChancellors’ Committee.
  2. Nominations should begin with a cover page showing the title, the name of the student, the name of the institution and a statement signed by the supervisor certifying that the work has been carried out by the student as part of an APAC accredited fourth year program.  
  3. Nominations should not exceed 2000 words and should include a literature review, the research questions and hypotheses that were examined, method, results, discussion and references.
  4. An electronic copy of the nomination should be submitted to the APS Member Groups Administrator on behalf of the Convener of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group.

Selection criteria

In judging the nominations for the Elsie Harwood Award, the selections committee will have regard to:

  1. the scientific merit of the study;
  2. the study’s contribution to theory and/or practice in the field of psychology and ageing;
  3. the fact that the essay or project must be about ageing but does not necessarily have to involve human participants; and
  4. the academic standard of the work.

Value of the award

Successful candidates for the Elsie Harwood Award will:

  1. receive an award of $500;
  2. receive student registration for the forthcoming Annual Conference of the Society or the biennial national meeting of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, according to the student’s preference; and
  3. receive a return economy airfare for the forthcoming Annual Conference of the Society or the biennial national meeting of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group if the candidate is required to travel interstate to attend the conference and;
  4. be presented with a certificate.

Closing date

Nominations close on 31 October

Member Groups Administrator
Tel: 03 8662 3300

Previous winners




Ms Laura Turner for "The Needs and Experiences to Driving and Driving Cessation for People with Parkinson's disease and their Families: Developing Approaches to Improve Outcomes"

Traci Anne Carse for "Older Workers and the Dark Side of Engagement"


Dr Sofia Robleda Gomez


Susan Bretherton for ‘Influence of stress, optimism and perceived control on the psychological adjustment of older adults’


Mr Piers Bayl-Smith for “Ageism in the workplace: The indirect effect of identifying as a late-career worker upon engagement and intended retirement age.”


Vincent Chan, University of New South Wales
Age-related differences in social and non-social prospective memory
Supervisors: Dr Phoebe Bailey and Assoc Prof Julie Henry, assisted by Prof Peter Rendell 


Alexa Muratore, University of New South Wales  
Predicting retirement preparation through the design of a new measure
Supervisor: Dr Joanne Earl


James Peter Thompson, University of Adelaide
The self-regulation of the driving behavior of older drivers: A longitudinal assessment
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jane Mathias and Dr Matthew Baldock 


Jennifer Burke, University of Adelaide (co-winner)
Neuropsychological differentiation of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia: A meta-analysis
Supervisor: Jane Mathias 

Paula Nicolaou, Curtin University (co-winner)
Identifying needs, burden, and distress of carer’s of people with frontotemporal dementia compared to Alzheimer’s Disease 
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Egan, Dr Natalie Gasson and Dr Robert Kane

2006 Christopher Hatherly, Australian National University
Peripheral vision attention in ageing: An evaluation of the Useful Field of View
Supervisor: Kaarin Anstey
2005   Melanie Burkhardt, Murdoch University
The Relationship between Androgens, apolipoprotein E Epsilon 4 Status and Cognitive Functioning in Elderly Men with and without Alzheimer’s Dementia
Supervisor: Jonathan Foster 


Penny Wareham, University of New South Wales
The effects of prose complexity and familiarity on elite young and elite elderly adults’ recall of prose
Supervisor: Peter Birrell


Rhonda Shaw, James Cook University
Age-related decline in verbal, visual and spatial memory
Supervisor: Edward Holmes


Christina Feldman, University of Western Australia
An over-reliance on gist memory and a deficit in verbatim memory: Evidence from false memories
Supervisor: Jonathan Foster


Eyal Gringart, Edith Cowan University
Age Discrimination in Hiring Practices against Older Adults in Western Australia
Supervisor: Edward Helmes


Fiona Kenvyn, University of Ballarat
The Effect of Former Occupation on Suicide Ideation and Suicide Attitudes in Retirees
Supervisor: Lisa Hopes


Carolyn Boyd, Flinders University of South Australia
Predictors of Depression amongst Institutional- and Community-Dwelling Elders: Influence of Behavioural Competence and Perceived Control
Supervisor: Mary Luszcz


Kathryn Collins, Flinders University of South Australia
Elderly Women’s Use of Relativistic Operations in Everyday Problem Solving
Supervisor: Mary Luszcz


Kaarin Anstey, University of Sydney
Primary Ageing, Secondary Ageing and Intelligence
Supervisor: Lazar Stankov