Anne Anastasi General Psychology Graduate Student Research Award

This award is named for the APA past president and co-founder of the society, and funded by the Anne Anastasi Foundation. Each of two recipients of this award will receive $300 and a certificate. The winner will be decided based on the student's vitae and research plan, plus a supporting letter from the student's advisor.

Annual deadline: Feb. 15


There are no restrictions on nominees, and self-nominations as well as nominations by others are encouraged.

How to Apply

Please send:

I. The following cover sheet:

Candidates for this award should submit the following:

  1. There are two levels of the Anastasi Award: Students with 2 years or less of graduate study and those with more than 2 years of graduate study. Circle the one that best applies to you: 

    a.  Two years or less of study beyond the baccalaureate.

    b.  More than two years beyond the baccalaureate.

  2. I completed my masters' degree in year:  ________. Did not complete a masters' degree _______.

  3. Include:    

    a.  Name + email

    b.  Institution

    c.  A mentor + email

    d.  Focus of research, title

II. Send the next three as attachments:

  1. Research statement on your past/present/future work (two-three pages, with limited number of important citations) 

  2. Your curriculum vitae 

  3. Supporting letter from one mentor, either attached or sent separately

These must be sent electronically to the 2014 chair of the committee, John Hogan, PhD

General comments on the award may be made to the Awards Coordinator Josephine Tan, PhD

Past Recipients


  • Jennifer M. G√≥mez, MS, University of Oregon. Examining the effects of individual and cultural differences in trauma victimization (Under two years of graduate work)
  • David I. Miller, MA, Northwestern University. Using spatial thinking and social psychology to advance interdisciplinary theory and educational practice . (Two or more years of graduate work)
  • Reuben Ng, MA, MPhil, Yale University. Is longevity all in the mind? Psychosocial promoters of successful aging (Two or more years of graduate work)
Recognition Awards
  • Marc Coutanche, MA, University of Pennsylvania. The integration of semantic memories into cognitive and brain networks.
  • Emily D. Hooker, University of California, Irvine. Social support and stress.
  • Philip Sayegh, MA, University of Southern California. Aging, culture, and cognition: Mechanisms underlying the influence of culture on dementia caregiving, care-seeking, assessment, and diagnosis .


  • Livia Veselka, MA, York University, Personality assessment, behavioral genetics, and models of subclinical socially aversive traits (Under two years of graduate work)

  • Dylan G. Gee, MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Developmental trajectories of neural circuitry subserving emotion regulation among children and adolescents (Two or more years of graduate work)

Recognition awards
  • Jeremy Trevelyan Burman, MA, York University, Understanding the misunderstanding of psychological science, past and present

  • Nicholas C. Jacobson, BA, Pennsylvania State University, Evolutionary analysis of depressed and anxious moods

  • Gerardo Ramirez, MA, University of Chicago, The cognitive mechanism underlying math anxiety in early elementary school

  • Alice Ann Spurgin, BA, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Pediatric neuro-oncology and the impact of motivational states on neuropsychological performance

  • Kelly C. Young-Wolff, MA, University of Southern California and Yale University, Investigation of risk and resiliency factors for stress-related alcohol consumption


  • Luis D. Medina, Individualism, collectivism, and cognitive fluency: How self-construals affect cognition (Under two years of graduate work)

  • Michael K. Scullin, MA, What is the role of sleep in cognition, health, and aging? (Two or more years of graduate work)

Recognition Awards
  • Kristy E. Benoit, MS, Interpretation bias in anxious mothers and their children

  • Rachel G. Higier, Mass., Neurocognitive functioning in twins with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: An etiologicalperspective

  • Theresa A. Morgan, Links between temperament and function of problem behavior

  • Michael L. Sulkowski, MEd, Violence prevention and school crisis management


Gloria Luong: Age and Cross Cultural Differences in Emotion Regulation Strategy Use and Effectiveness

Recognition Awards
  • Miriam Bocarsly, Maternal high-fat diet in rats increases ethanol consumption and preference in offspring

  • Cynthia J. Najdowski, Mass., Law, psychology, and experimental research on false confessions

  • Eric R. Pedersen, Mass., Brief online interventions for alcohol abuse among American college students studying abroad

  • Kelli Vaughn-Blount, Mass., History of women in psychology 


John P. Mack: Comparison of ethics codes across disciplines, State University of New York at Buffalo

Recognition Awards
  • Anne C. Fernandez, and Mark D. Wood, University of Rhode Island

  • Katherine E. Lunsford, Andy Monanez, Russell M. Sanchez, Q. Zhang, Tara Gloyna, Lee Shapiro, Texas A & M College of Medicine

  • Minsun Kim, and Young Seok Seo, Yonsei University, Seoull, Republic of Korea

  • Matthew L. Dixon, Taylor W. Schmitz, and Eve De Rosa, Univerity of Toronto, Canada

  • Madalyn Marcus, and Henny Westra, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada