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Psychonomic Society Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award
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Congratulations to our

2019 Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished

Leadership Award Recipients


 Mary Peterson
University of Arizona
 Suparna Rajaram
Stony Brook University
Brian Ross
Minerva Schools at
Keck Graduate Institute 



New in 2019, the Psychonomic Society (PS) will annually recognize up to two individuals with the Society’s Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Leadership Award. The award(s) will be given in years when there are one or two deserving candidate(s), and recognize(s) significant contributions to the field of cognitive psychology and sustained leadership and service to the discipline. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to scientific and methodological rigor in the community of researchers at the forefront of the experimental study of cognition as well as a demonstrated commitment and dedication to develop and advance 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.

This award is given annually to one or two individuals who have been in the field for 10 or more years and have shown evidence of making major contributions in both of the selection criteria areas listed below. These contributions must demonstrate sustained and ongoing leadership.

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.


  • 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) with a letter of support (no more than 500 words) using the submit button below. 

  • Nominations CLOSED (June 1, 2019 deadline)

  • 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.


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.

W.R. Garner, Yale University, wrote a wonderful memorial to the November 1976 meeting of the Psychonomic Society of which Morgan was a founding member and the first Governing Board Chair.






Clifford T. Morgan
Distinguished Leadership
Award Recipients

Mary Peterson
University of Arizona

 Suparna Rajaram
Stony Brook University

Brian Ross
Minerva Schools at
Keck Graduate Institute 


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Early Career Award

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Best Article Award

Graduate Travel Award

J. Frank Yates
Student Travel Award

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in cognitive psychology

International Graduate
Accommodation Awards

Psychonomic Society/Women
in Cognitive Science Travel
and Networking Award for
Junior Scientists

Psychonomic Society
Early Career Award

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