Early Career Outstanding Paper Award

The Early Career Outstanding Paper Award recognizes a graduate student or early career scientist, within seven years of PhD, who has published (or has in press) an outstanding paper in the previous year.


Sponsor: Division 7


Submissions accepted Jan. 1 – March 15.

The paper must significantly advance content knowledge, methodology and/or theory in developmental psychology. Important criteria include the importance of the work, innovation and the likely impact on the field. The nominee must be the first author and must be a member of APA and Div. 7.

Winners do not need to attend the APA convention to receive awards.


Applicants can be self- or other-nominated. An in-press paper must be accompanied by a letter of acceptance from the editor. Nominees must make sure that any other authors of the nominated article do not object to the nomination.

How to Apply

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

The annual deadline is March 15.

Nominations should include:

  • The paper being nominated.
  • The CV of the nominee.
  • A one-page cover letter outlining the strengths, importance and potential impact of the article

Email nominations to:

Catherine Haden

Past Recipients

2022: Jorge Cuartas

2021: Yang Hou 

2020: Camelia Hostinar

2019: Mark Wade

2018: Ashley Groh and Lee Raby

2017: Cecilia Cheung and Traci Kennedy

2016: Arya Ansari, Sarah Moore, Marije Verhage

2015: Kimberly Cuevas, Elida Laski, David Yeager

2014: Kate Monohan

2013: John Best

2012: Michael Sulik

Last updated: July 2022Date created: April 2019