The Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award recognises distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology by psychologists at mid or later career stages. The contribution may lead to the understanding or amelioration of an important practical problem.

1. Eligibility

  1. Candidates need not be members of the Society
  2. Candidates should be currently engaged (directly or indirectly) in innovative research in any field of psychology, which represents a major influence on the direction of research in the scientist’s area

2. Judging Criteria

  1. In judging Candidates for the award, the Selection Committee will have regard to:
    1. The level of quality, innovation, and significance of the Candidate’s research
    2. The level of visibility of the Candidate’s research both within Australia and internationally
    3. The Candidate’s level of demonstrated leadership and exceptional service in the field of psychology and scientific research
    4. The impact of publications by the Candidate
    5. Other grants and prizes received by the Candidate.

3. Value of the Award

  1. The successful Candidate for the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award will:
    1. Be offered a one year membership of the Society at no cost, provided that the successful Candidate makes an application for membership within three (3) months of receiving notice of their Award. If the successful Candidate is an existing member of the Society, he or she will be offered membership of the Society for the following twelve (12) months at no cost.   
    2. Be invited to present a keynote address on the topic of their theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology at the APS Congress in the year following receipt of the Award or, in years when no Congress will be held, at another high profile event. Upon acceptance of this invitation, the successful Candidate receives complimentary:
      1. Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the Congress/event destination
      2. Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to three (3) nights at a hotel near the Congress/event venue
      3. Congress/event registration.
    3. Be invited to submit a version of their keynote address to the Australian Journal of Psychology
    4. Receive a plaque for the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award.  

4. Administration of Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award

4.1 Nomination Process

  1. A call for nominations for the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award will be:
    1. Advertised in InPsych
    2. Provided to the Heads of School or Department of each tertiary institution or higher education provider in Australia.
  2. Candidates must be nominated for the Award by a Member of the Society
  3. Nominations should be submitted in writing and must include:
    1. A nomination form, completed by a Member of the Society, that addresses the items referred to in section 2
    2. A curriculum vitae which outlines details of all publications, grants and prizes; and
    3. Up to five (5) selected publications, with a one (1) page cover sheet indicating why they have been selected and how they reflect the Candidate’s contribution.
  4. Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Administrator, Science and Education, Australian Psychological Society, via, by the closing date
  5. In the event that no nominations are received or a suitable Candidate is not identified, a Committee of the Society may, after the close of nominations, identify a suitable Candidate for receipt of the Award.

4.2 Selection Process

  1. A Selection Committee will be responsible for:
    1. Determining an appropriate Candidate for receipt of the Award
    2. Recommending an appropriate Candidate to the Board for endorsement.

4.3 Award Presentation

  1. All Candidates (both successful and unsuccessful) will be formally notified in writing before any public announcement is made
  2. An acknowledgement of the successful Candidate will be published on the APS website and in the Society’s bimonthly bulletin, InPsych, and other relevant psychology and education publications in February of the year following the receipt of their Award
  3. The successful Candidate will be presented with an award plaque at the APS Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Award.

5. Application form and closing date

Nominations for 2017 are closed

6. Previous winners

2016 Em Prof Pat Michie, Newcastle University
2015 Prof David Kavanagh, Queensland University of Technology
2014 Professor Colin MacLeod, Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE); University of Western Australia
2013 Prof Helen Christensen, Black Dog Institute; University of New South Wales
2012 Prof Jason Mattingley, University of Queensland
2011 Not awarded
2010  Scientia Prof Barbara Gillam, University of New South Wales
2009  Prof Ron Rapee, Macquarie University 
2008  Prof Richard Bryant, University of New South Wales 
2007  Prof George Paxinos, University of New South Wales 
2006 Not awarded
2005 Not awarded
2004 Prof Ross H. Day, La Trobe University
2003 Prof Joseph Forgas, University of New South Wales
2002 Prof Max Coltheart
2001 Not awarded
2000 Not awarded
1999 Prof Graeme Halford
1998 Prof Norman Feather
1997 Prof Jacqueline J. Goodnow (inaugural award)