Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge

This Award recognises the achievements of an individual currently engaged in psychological research of the highest possible standard. This award looks for someone who is mid-career and the winner does not have to be an existing member of the BPS or reside in the UK.

Award

The Award includes Lifetime Membership of the BPS and a commemorative certificate.

For further information on how to make a nomination, and a link to the electronic application form, please contact us

Nomination criteria

  • Nominators must be full members of the BPS.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of the BPS.
  • Nominees do not have to be UK residents.
  • We are unable to accept self-nominations for this award.

Assessment criteria

Nominees will have:

  • Advanced understanding demonstrated by making a major outstanding contribution in particular sub-field(s) of Psychology (rather than a culmination of a career in psychology).
  • Engaged in research of outstanding quality as evidenced through significant books, journal articles and other specific key contributions or developments.  

Judging

The Award sub-committee, made up of Research Board members, considers all nominations received.

Please Note:

The Sub-Committee may decide not to make an award in any given year or, in exceptional circumstances, they may make more than one award.

Nominations

We ask nominators to:

  • Complete the nomination form to show how the candidate meets the criteria.
  • Include a copy of the candidate’s full CV.
  • Include the names and email addresses of three potential referees.  
  • Assume that the judges have no prior knowledge of the person and provide clear information and evidence of how they meet the criteria.
  • Use active language and, where the nominee has worked as part of a team, make it clear what the individual contributed and how this differed from others.

Conflict of interest

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest – e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation.

Please note: A Conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award. If we become aware of an undeclared conflict of interest, we regret that we will have to discount it.

Previous recipients

2020

  • Professor Daniel Freeman

2019

  • Francesca Happé

2018

  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

2017

  • Marcus Munafò

2016

  • Alex Haslam

2015

  • Matthew Lambon Ralph

2014

  • Richard Crisp

2013

  • Tim Dalgleish

2012

  • Constantine Sedikides

2011

  • Usha Goswami

2010

  • Paul Burgess

2009

  • Dominic Abrams and Jon Driver

2008

2007

2006

  • Simon Baron-Cohen

2005

2004

2003

2002

  • Graham Hitch

2001

2000

1999

1998

John Sloboda

1997

1996

  • Frank Fincham

1995

  • Andrew Young

1994

  • Marie Johnson

1993

  • Michael Morgan

1992

  • Andrew Mathews

1991

  • Tim Shallice

1990

  • Uta Frith

1989

  • Howard Giles

1988

  • John Morton

1987

  • Max Coltheart

1986

  • N. J. Mackintosh

1985

1984

  • Peter Bryant

1983

  • Jeffrey A. Gray

1982

1981

  • Alan D. Baddeley