Dr. Kristin Laurin awarded 2018 Janet Taylor Spence Award

Dr. Kristin Laurin is a recipient of the 2018 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award.

Dr. Kristin Laurin, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded the 2018 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. Presented by the Association of Psychological Science (APS), this award spotlights creative and promising psychology investigators who are working to drive the future of psychological research.

As the director of the MAGIC Lab, Laurin leads the way with her research on fundamental human motivations and goals. Her work takes a deeper look into the concept of motivation and how it shapes a person’s identity.

Laurin also recently earned a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar title and ISCON’s Early Career Award for her outstanding contributions to the psychology community.

The APS Janet Taylor Spence Award is a tribute to its namesake, Janet Taylor Spence, the first elected APS President. Spence’s career embodies transformative contributions to psychological science. She developed new approaches to research and pioneering tools including the Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale and the Attitudes Toward Women Scale and she epitomized the spirit of crossing disciplinary boundaries with work on topics ranging from schizophrenia to developmental psychology to gender bias.

Laurin will be accepting the award May 24 at the 30th Annual APS Convention in San Francisco.

Learn about the APS awards and all the 2018 recipients.


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