SPSP awards Dr. Toni Schmader with the 2018 Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize

Toni Schmader

Dr. Toni Schmader has been honoured with the 2018 Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Awarded annually, the Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. Dr. Schmader and her co-author Constantine Sedikides, received the award for their paper State authenticity as fit to environment: The implications of social identity for fit, authenticity and self-segregation, a conceptual framework for understanding how social identities motivate the situations that people approach or avoid.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, named after someone whose work and legacy I’ve always admired. In fact, I recall meeting with Dan Wegner during my sabbatical stay at Harvard in 2006. He passed along important advice about theoretical impact that has always stuck with me.”
Professor, UBC Psychology


Dr. Toni Schmader, Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology at UBC, is the Director of the Social Identity Laboratory and Director of Engendering Success in STEM, a research partnership to investigate evidence-based best practices aimed at improving women’s experiences and representation in STEM. Her research examines the interplay between self and social identity, particularly when one’s social identity is accorded lower status or targeted by negative stereotypes. In exploring these issues, her research draws upon and extends existing work on implicit gender bias, social stigma, social justice, social cognition, intergroup emotion, self-esteem, and motivation and performance.