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Congratulations to the 2020 Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award recipients!

The 2021 Call for Nominations will open on February 1.


New in 2019, the Psychonomic Society will annually recognize up to two individuals with the Society’s Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award. The award will be given in years when there are one or two deserving candidates who are recognized for their significant contributions to the field of cognitive psychology, who have been in the field for 10+ years, and who have demonstrated sustained leadership and service to the discipline. In honor of the award's inaugural year, the Governing Board decided to recognize three outstanding individuals.

Recipients demonstrate a commitment to scientific and methodological rigor in the community of researchers who at the forefront of the experimental study of cognition. Recipients also demonstrate commitment and dedication to developing and advancing the Psychonomic Society in its mission to foster the science of cognition through the advancement and communication of basic research in experimental psychology and allied sciences.

The recipient(s) will be formally recognized during the PS Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting and will be presented with the award and a $1,000 prize. Awardees will be permanently recognized on the Society’s website.


Congratulations to the inaugural Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients.


Nominees must have a demonstrated record of contributions in both of the following areas:

  • Evidence of leadership, mentorship, and/or service to the experimental field of cognition over time. Contributions may include:

    • Significant advocacy contribution resulting in a change of governmental policy.

    • Service in an advisory capacity to a government with demonstrated results.

    • Invited speaker at national or international conferences to share recognized expertise.

    • Service as editor or associate editor for journals in the field of cognition.

    • Service as an effective mentor to early career scientists.

    • Ongoing contributions to the field through leadership roles, such as administrative and leadership positions in home institutions or in related organizations.

    • Promotion of scientific and administrative collaborations that advance the causes of the scientific study of brain, behavior, and cognition

    • Receipt of grant funding for and successfully completed projects related to leadership, service, and improving the research climate in the experimental study of cognition, which enhanced the field. 

  • Evidence of leadership, mentorship, or service to the PS over time. Contributions may include:

    • Regularly attended the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting including participation as a speaker or other roles.

    • Completed a successful history of PS leadership roles, such as committees, Governing Board, etc.

    • Created and coordinated initiatives that provided increased service to members of the organization. Examples could include coordinated special events; contributed to the development of ongoing awards; led a workshop or symposium; or made major contributions to organization events, such as affiliates meeting, the annual meeting, international meeting, or other special events.

    • Promotion of interaction between the PS and other psychology organizations.

    • Served as editor or associate editor of one or more PS journals.

  • Nominees have promoted and supported the efforts of the Society with more than three years of involvement.

  • Membership in the Psychonomic Society is not required to be considered, but awardees will typically be Society members.

  • Psychonomic Society Governing Board members are not eligible for the award during their term of office.

Submission of Nominations

  • The Membership will be asked to electronically submit the names of candidate(s), accompanied by a letter of support (no more than 500 words). 

  • Nominees can be current Society committee members or prior Governing Board members, but not individuals currently serving on the board.

  • Awardees will be reviewed and selected by the Executive Committee and submitted to the Governing Board for final approval.

  • Psychonomic Society members in good standing may submit a nomination online. The 2021 Call for Nominations will open on February 1.

Selection Process

Members of the Awards Committee, including the Executive Director, will review nominations via emails and conference calls if needed, and make recommendations to the Governing Board by July 1. The Governing Board will review and vote (via email or at the summer meeting of the Governing Board) on whether to endorse the recommendations by August 1, allowing the recipient(s) time to make plans to attend the Annual Meeting in November. The Executive Director will arrange for an award or framed award document and monetary award to be presented during the Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting. The name and citation of the awardee(s) will be published in the program of the Annual Meeting.

About Clifford T. Morgan
Clifford Thomas Morgan, professor of psychology at the University of Texas, was born in Minolta, New Jersey, in 1915. He received his undergraduate education at Maryville College and his PhD from Rochester University in 1939. He passed away in 1976 in Austin, Texas.
Clifford T. Morgan was a founding member of the Psychonomic Society and the first Governing Board Chair. W.R. Garner, Yale University, wrote this wonderful memorial in Clifford T. Morgan's honor. The memorial was shared at the Psychonomic Society's 1976 Annual Meeting.






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