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Pexman Elected as 2022 Governing Board Chair

Penny M. Pexman

The Psychonomic Society Governing Board has elected Penny Pexman (University of Calgary, Canada) as the 2022 Chair.

"I am honoured to take on this role for the Psychonomic Society," Pexman said. "The Society's Meetings and Journals have been vital to my academic career and to the training of my students. I am strongly committed to the Society's mission of advancing the science of cognition and to doing so in a way that is open, inclusive, and relevant."

Pexman currently chairs the Society's Publications Committee and is a member of the Audit, Ethics, and Finance Committees.

In August, Jeanette Altarriba (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA), Priti Shah (University of Michigan, USA), and Eva Van den Bussche (KU Leuven, Belgium) were elected by the Society's membership to join the Governing Board beginning January 1, 2021. Altarriba and Shah will serve full, six-year terms; Van den Bussche will serve a partial, two-year term, filling the seat vacated by Marc Brysbaert when he left to become Editor of Behavior Research Methods.

In January 2021, Duane Watson (Vanderbilt University, USA) becomes Chair of the Governing Board, and James Pomerantz (Rice University, USA) becomes Past Chair. Governing Board members who conclude their terms in 2020 include John Dunlosky (Kent State University, USA) and Fernanda Ferreira (University of California, Davis, USA).

A complete list of the 2020 Governing Board members and Psychonomic Society Committees is available here.

Penny Pexman is currently Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary. Penny earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 1998 and joined the University of Calgary the same year. Her research expertise is in cognitive development, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. She investigates how we derive meaning from language, exploring semantic and pragmatic processing and experience-driven changes in those skills.


Penny has served on multiple national grant adjudication panels, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery, Research Tools and Instruments, and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship committees. She is a Past President of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) and former Editor of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. In 2016, she co-founded Women in Cognitive Science-Canada, to extend the professional development and advocacy activities of Women in Cognitive Science to the Canadian context.



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