The APS offers a range of awards and prizes each year to honour outstanding achievements in psychology.

President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia

Rob Sanson-Fisher
Rob Sanson-Fisher

The Award recognises distinguished contributions to Australian psychology by psychologists at later career stage.

Rob Sanson-Fisher

Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher is a Fellow of the APS and a professor of health behaviour at the Newcastle Medical School. He has achieved national and international recognition for his work in health behavioural research. Rob's work combines behavioural and public health approaches to health promotion, health service evaluation and cancer control. He was the inaugural Director of the NSW Cancer Education Research Program and the Commonwealth Government's National Cancer Control Institute. Previously he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He has published more than 320 peer-reviewed papers, many in the field of cancer control. Rob's work has been acknowledged through receipt of the Hunter Medicare Research Institute Award for Research Excellence, appointment to Laureate Professorship by the University of Newcastle, and receipt of an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to Indigenous health and cancer control. He is currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales Cancer Institute.

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Ron Rapee
Ron Rapee

The Award recognises distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology by psychologists at mid- or later career stage.

Ron Rapee

Professor Ron Rapee is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, and director of the Centre for Emotional Health. Ron has established an international reputation for his research into the understanding and management of anxiety and related problems in both children and adults and has published widely in some of the leading scientific journals. He has developed a number of empirically supported treatment programs that are used by researchers and therapists in countries across the world and have been honoured by awards from both scientific and consumer groups. Ron received a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for CBT in 2009. He serves on the editorial board and acts as associate editor for international journals, and provides consultation to a number of government, non-government and scientific bodies. Ron's main professional interest is to provide a blend of scientifically rigorous but practically applied research and he derives particular pleasure from mentoring new researchers.

Early Career Research Award

Paul Dux
Paul Dux

The Award recognises excellence in scientific achievement in psychology amongst psychologists who are at the early stages of their research careers.

Paul Dux

Dr Paul Dux undertook a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Griffith University (Gold Coast) in 1998. For his Honours year Paul worked with Dr Karen Murphy on the limitations of temporal attention. After attaining first class honours, he was awarded an Australian Post Graduate Scholarship (APA) to undertake a PhD at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS, Macquarie University, Sydney). At MACCS, Paul continued his work on temporal attention under the supervision of Associate Professor Veronika Coltheart, Professor Max Coltheart and Dr Irina Harris. In December, 2004, he submitted his thesis ‘Searching through time: Target and distractor processing in rapid serial visual presentation' for which he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Commendation "for a doctoral thesis of exceptional merit". On completing his PhD Paul took up a postdoctoral research position in Dr René Marois' lab in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, USA. There he conducted cognitive neuroscientific investigations on human capacity limitations using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques. Since January 2009, he has been a faculty member in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, where he also holds an Australian Research Council APD fellowship.

Gillian Yeo
Gillian Yeo

Gillian Yeo

Dr Gillian Yeo completed her PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2003. From 2004-2005 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ and from 2006-2008 a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at UQ. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia Business School. Gillian's research examines dynamic self-regulatory processes, primarily those related to motivation, emotion, learning and performance. This research is conducted in the laboratory using an Air Traffic Control micro-world, and in diverse field contexts including maritime, telesales, tertiary education, public service and safety-critical training. Her work has challenged traditional static, single level research by demonstrating that within-person self-regulatory processes change over time and are influenced by individual differences and situational characteristics. The significance of Gillian's contribution is reflected in 12 articles, five of which are in the Journal of Applied Psychology and others in Human Performance, Journal of Research in Personality and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Gillian is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology and has attracted $574,927 in grant funding, including two ARC Discovery projects. Gillian has supervised thirteen honours, eight masters and two PhD students to completion.

Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology Award

Lauren Staples
Lauren Staples

The Award recognises outstanding research in psychology by individuals who have recently completed a PhD at an Australian university.

Lauren Staples

Macquarie University

Thesis title - Predator odour-induced learning and anxiety in rats: A behavioural and neural investigation

Alishia Williams
Alishia Williams

Alishia Williams

University of New South Wales

Thesis title - Experiential features of intrusive memories in depression and the role of cognitive avoidance in intrusion maintenance

Mitchell Byrne
Mitchell Byrne

Mitchell Byrne

University of Wollongong

Thesis title - Medication Alliance: Development and implementation of a mental health staff training program for the enhancement of patient medication adherence

APS Prize

The Prize is awarded to each student who gains first place at the end of an accredited fourth year program in psychology in universities offering a program.

InPsych February 2010

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