Great Leaders Series


Div. 7 honors pioneers in developmental psychology.

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Featured great leader

Elizabeth Spelke, PhD, winner of the 2020 Div. 7 Mentor Award, answers questions about her experiences as mentor and mentee, and provides suggestions for early career scholars:

"If you love doing science, teaching science, and nurturing future scientists, there is no better life you could have—even today. Science has been under pretty heavy attack over the last years, but we need it more than ever, and it continues to light the way to a better, safer, healthier future and a deeper understanding of who we are."

Read the full Q&A with Spelke about her experience as a mentor.

About the Great Leaders series

Div. 7 pays tribute to visionaries in the field of developmental psychology to serve as models for students and early career psychologists and to recognize the accomplishments of its members and other innovators. By featuring great leaders in Div. 7 and developmental psychology, the division seeks to showcase achievements and research in the field that will inspire others.

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