Announcing the 2019 ISDP Award Winners

2019 Awards Committee: Amanda Tarullo, Boston University (Chair); Dima Amso, Brown University;  and Natalie Brito, New York University

Martha Ann Bell, Senior Investigator Award

Raha Hassan, Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award

Bridget Callaghan, David Kucharski Young Investigator Award

Virginia Salo, Dissertation Award

  • Rovee-Collier Mentor Award, Joanne Weinberg, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Senior Investigator Award, Martha Ann Bell, Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • Distinguished Service Award, George F. Michel, Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of North Caroline at Greensboro
  • Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award, Raha Hassan, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMasters University – Mentor: – Louis Schmidt, PhD
  • David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, Bridget L. Callaghan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dissertation Award, Virginia C. Salo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stress and Early Adversity Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Nashville, Research – Postdoctoral Mentor: Kathryn L. Humphreys, PhD, Ed.M.; Dissertation Mentor: Nathan Fox, PhD

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Thank you to all of our sponsors, who have generously supported ISDP Student & Postdoc Member Travel Awards as well as selected Symposium Speaker’s travel.  Funding for these awards was generously provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), John Wiley and Sons Publishing, (publishers of the ISDP’s official journal, Developmental Psychobiology, the Division of Developmental Neuroscience in Psychiatry at Columbia University, the Nurture Science Project at Columbia University, as well as our Industry Sponsors: Philips Neuro, Positive Science and Zero to Three and the members of the ISDP. Thanks to all our generous sponsors and exhibitors!

Looking Back at the 2018 ISDP Award Winners:

2018 Awards Committee: Martha Ann Bell, Virginia Tech (Chair); Dima Amso, Brown University & Amanda Tarullo, Boston University

  • Rovee-Collier Mentor Award, Ruth Grunau, Department of Pediatrics, The University of British Columbia AND William P. Fifer, The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Senior Investigator Award, Robert Lickliter, Professor of Psychology, Florida International University
  • Distinguished Service Award, William P. Fifer, The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award, Michelle VanTieghem, Department of Psychology, Columbia University
  • David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, Jennifer Silvers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California
  • Dissertation Award, Caitlin Cowan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Hennessy-Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Award, Kristie L. Poole, McMaster University
  • Student Poster Award, Kelsea Gildawie, Northeastern University
  • People’s Choice Poster Competition, Rosemarie Perry, New York University

Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award

2018 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award: Michelle VanTieghem, Department of Psychology, Columbia University

The Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award was established in memory of Sandra Wiener to help defray costs of graduate students attending the annual meeting of ISDP. These awards honor Sandy for her interest and concern for students and her dedication and affection for ISDP. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a bona fide graduate student and be first author of a presentation. The winners of this award will be invited to give a special presentation of their work at the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award: (in addition to criteria mentioned above)

a. The applicant/nominee must be a member of ISDP
b. The applicant/nominee has not won this award in the past
c. The applicant/nominee must have an overall good academic record
d. The applicant/nominee’s work must show originality and significance
e. The applicant/nominee must be committed to the field of Developmental Psychobiology show promise of a career in this field

Application materials:

1. A letter of nomination/recommendation from the student’s research advisor that documents the student’s status, the level of independence of the student’s contribution
2. Applicant’s current CV.
3. Applicant’s abstract.

Distinguished Service Award

The ISDP will on occasion bestow this honor on an ISDP member who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Society. The individual will have devoted significant time and energy over a period of years to elevating the goals of the Society in furthering research on developmental psychobiology. Nominations should be made by current ISDP members through the online Nominations Form.

2018 Distinguished Service Awardee: William P. Fifer, The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Dissertation Award

2018 Dissertation Award Winner: Caitlin Cowan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Ireland

The Dissertation Award honors outstanding scientists early in their careers and to help defray costs of attending the meeting. The winner of this award will be invited to give a special presentation of his/her dissertation at the annual meeting. Nominations may be made only by a regular (non-student) member of the Society. The nominee must have successfully completed their doctoral defense and been granted their degree within 18 months prior to the nomination

Criteria for the award: (in addition to criteria mentioned above)

a. The applicant/nominee must be a member of ISDP
b. The applicant/nominee has not won this award in the past
c. The applicant/nominee must have an overall good academic record
d. The applicant/nominee’s work must show originality and significance
e. The applicant/nominee must be committed to the field of Developmental Psychobiology show promise of a career in this field

Application materials:

1. A letter of nomination/recommendation from the student’s research advisor that documents the student’s status, the level of independence of the student’s contribution. Note: the letter of nomination for this award has to be by a regular ISDP member (non-student) and should focus on discussing the quality of the nominee’s dissertation research.
2. Applicant’s current CV.
3. Applicant’s abstract.
4. A summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 7 double-spaced pages

Hennessy-Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Award

2018 Hennessy-Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Awardee: Kristie L. Poole, McMaster University

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019

The Hennessy-Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Award will be made for the best paper by a student published in Developmental Psychobiology over a one year period. The goals of the award are:

(1) to promote the highest quality of student research in the field of developmental psychobiology, and
(2) to encourage students in the field to submit their best work to Developmental Psychobiology.

The winner will be awarded a $500 prize and will have his/her name announced at the annual meeting.

Criteria:

a. The work described and the writing of the paper must primarily have been done by the student (the specific contributions of the student must be detailed in writing to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal by the student’s advisor).
b. The work must be completed before the PhD is awarded.
c. The student must be first author.
d. The manuscript must initially be submitted within three years of receiving the PhD.
e. Neither the contestant nor advisor needs to be a member of the society or to attend the annual meeting to win (though both attendance and membership are encouraged).
f.  A subcommittee will judge the contest. (If a conflict of interest arises—e.g., student of a judge applies—the editor of the journal will appoint a replacement judge.)
g. The editor will remind authors of articles accepted in the journal of the contest and ask the corresponding author if the first author is an eligible student.
h. The winner will be announced at each year’s meeting.
i.  Criteria for judging will include scientific significance, originality, contribution by the student and presentation style.

To apply:

To identify yourself as a candidate, include a request for your manuscript to be considered when you submit your manuscript to Michele R. Brumley, Editor-in-Chief, Developmental Psychobiology (Email: [email protected]). Please include contact information for the nominee, the full title of the manuscript and the month in which it was published.  Requests to be considered for this award are accepted throughout the calendar year, but must be received by 06/30/2018.

Kucharski Young Investigator Award

2018 Kucharski Young Investigator Award: Jennifer Silvers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California

The Kucharski Young Investigator award is given to honor the memory of David Kucharski, a promising young investigator in the field of Developmental Psychobiology. Nominations for the award must be made by a regular (non-student) member of the Society. The winner of this award will be invited to give a special presentation of their work at the annual meeting.

Criteria:

a. The nominee must be a current or former (senior award) member of the society
b. The nominee must have a record of academic accomplishments and independent, significant and sustained contributions to the field
c. The nominee must have received their Ph.D. or M.D. at least 4, but no more than 7 years prior to the nomination.

Nomination materials:

1. A letter documenting the nominee’s research and scholarly contributions.
2. The nominee’s current CV highlighting the nominee’s three most significant publications.

Rovee-Collier Mentor Award

The Rovee-Collier Mentor award is given to honor the memory of Carolyn Rovee-Collier, a dedicated mentor to generations of early career scientists and students in the field of Developmental Psychobiology. This award recognizes ISDP members who have made significant and sustained contributions to the mentorship of young scholars. Nominations must be made by a regular (non-student) member of the Society. The winner of this award will be announced at the annual meeting. MORE

Criteria:

a. The nominee must be a current or former member.
b. The nominee must have made significant and sustained contributions to the Society, with an emphasis on the mentorship of post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, undergraduate students, and/or other early career scientists.

Nomination Materials:

1. A letter documenting how the nominee’s mentoring has impacted student and early career members of ISDP;
2. At least one letter of support from a mentee;
3. The nominee’s current CV highlighting publications and presentations with mentees. (A list of publications/presentations with mentees is also acceptable.)

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2018 Rovee-Collier Mentor Awardees:

Senior Investigator Award

2018 Senior Investigator Awardee: Robert Lickliter, Professor of Psychology, Florida International University

The Senior Investigator award is for recognizing significant contributions to Developmental Psychobiology made by a senior scientist. Nominations for the award must be made by a regular (non-student) member of the Society. The winner of this awards will be invited to give a special presentation of their work at the annual meeting.

Criteria:

a. The nominee must be a current or former (senior award) member of the society
b. The nominee must have a record of academic accomplishments and independent, significant and sustained contributions to the field
c. The nominee must have received their Ph.D. or M.D. at least 20 years prior to the nomination for the Senior Investigator award.

Nomination materials:

1. A letter documenting the nominee’s research and scholarly contributions.
2. The nominee’s current CV highlighting the nominee’s three most significant publications.

ISDP Student/Postdoc Member Travel Awards

Submission Deadline: Same as the Abstract Submission Deadline

Students and postdoctoral fellows ISDP members who wish to be considered for a Student/Postdoc Travel Award are required to complete the application form on their Member Profile (Student/Postdoc Travel Award Application), as well as check the appropriate box when they submit their abstract via the Online Abstract Form. Students and postdoctoral fellows must be members of ISDP to be eligible and should complete the membership application at least few days before the June 1st deadline to allow time for approval of the application which will require an upload letter from their mentor verifying training status. These travel awards are generously sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Sackler Institute and the Members of ISDP.

2018 Award Recipients
2017 Award Recipients
2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipient
2014 Award Recipients

Poster Competition

2018 Best Poster Winner: Kelsea Gildawie, Northeastern University (R), Student Member Representative, Bridget Callaghan (L), President Rachel Barr (C)

There will be a poster competition at the meeting for student members who are the first authors on a poster. All student member posters accepted for presentation will be automatically included in the competition. 2018 Student Poster Awardee: Kelsea Gildawie, Northeastern University

FABBS Early Career Impact Award

2017 International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Award Winner: Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, PhD
Florida International University

This award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies (see FABBS membership) during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to our science. The FABBS award rotates among the member societies with a 3-yr rotation. The next eligible year for an ISDP member to be considered for this award is 2020. Nominations of active members of the society are considered by the ISDP board for selection and are presented to FABBS from the board.

The purpose of this award is to recognize scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The goal is to enhance public visibility of these sciences and the particular research through the dissemination efforts of FABBS in collaboration with the member societies and award winners. Nominations are encouraged for individuals who have made outstanding research contributions, especially those who have also increased awareness of science through outreach activities to the public (e.g., community talks, high school demos) or communication with the media (e.g., interviews, blogs).

Nomination Process:

(1) ISDP seeks nominations from its membership for the award, reviews the nominations, and selects the top candidate for recognition by FABBS.

(2) ISDP completes a form explaining why your nominee should receive the award and submits it to FABBS (please send it to [email protected]).

(3) The FABBS Board reviews the submissions and approves them for the FABBS award. FABBS announces the awards at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Representatives (in December 2019); interacts with the member society leadership to select a date to give the award at the society annual meeting in 2020 and works with a science writer to highlight and disseminate the research of the early career scientist to a public audience.

In order to make a nomination to ISDP for the FABBS Early Career Impact Award, complete the form, save or print/scan and email it to the Managing Director, Joan Oefner at [email protected] including “FABBS Early Career Impact Award Nomination” in the subject of the email, for review by the ISDP Executive Committee.  Be prepared to include the individual’s CV, research statement (up to 400 words) and and Statement of Impact on the world (up to 200 words).