The Mary Ainsworth Award for Excellence in Developmental Science

This award recognizes mid-career developmentalists who have made outstanding contributions to developmental science.


Sponsor: Division 7


Submissions accepted Jan. 1 – March 15.

The Ainsworth award is to recognize excellence in scholarship and contributions to developmental science, including contributions in research, student training, and other scholarly endeavors. Evaluations are based on the scientific merit of the individual's work, the importance of this work for opening up new empirical or theoretical areas of development psychology, and the importance of the individual's work in linking developmental psychology with other disciplines.

The award will be presented at the following year's APA annual convention. Winners do not need to attend APA's convention to receive awards.


Scientists who are between 15 and 30 years of completing their doctoral degree are eligible.

How to Apply

Membership in APA’s Div. 7 is required to earn an award.

The annual deadline is March 15.

Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination, with two additional letters of support provided by the nominator. At least one of these three letters should be from someone with membership in Div. 7 at the time of submitting the nomination.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • Up to four representative publications.

Please email nomination materials to the Chair of the selection committee:

Mary Gauvain 

Past Recipients

2022: Stephanie Carlson
2021: Patrick Davies
2020: Elena Grigorenko

Last updated: September 2021Date created: January 2019