Carolyn Payton Early Career Award

The award recognizes the achievement of a black woman in the early stages of her career.


Sponsor: Division 35


The Carolyn Payton Early Career Award is sponsored by APA Div. 35, Section I (the Psychology of Black Women).


The applicant must be no more than 10 years postdoctorate, and the submitted work (article, book chapter or book) must be published. Although a submission need not focus exclusively on black women and girls, the specific concerns of black women and girls must be a focal point of the submission.

How to Apply

Papers may be theoretically or empirically (qualitative or quantitative) based. Each submission will be evaluated on its creativity and must distinguish itself as making a major contribution to the understanding of the role of gender in the lives of black women. If there are multiple authors, the applicant must be the first author. A $500 prize will be awarded.

Self-nominations are encouraged. To be considered for an award, please send a cover letter with contact information and electronic copy (PDF preferred) of the scholarly work.

Please submit applications to Tiffany Williams

Past Recipients


Robyn Gobin, PhD


Martinque K. Jones, PhD


Sannisha K. Dale, PhD, EdM


Rona Carter, PhD


Adrienne Carter-Sowell, PhD


Jioni A. Lewis, PhD


Earlise Ward, PhD


Kisha Holden, PhD


Scyatta Wallace for her work titled, "Gold Diggers, Video Vixens, and Jezebels: Stereotype Images and Substance Use Among Urban African American Girls"

Date created: 2014