Best Paper in Psychology Award

The UCLA Psychology Department is pleased to announce the annual award recognizing the best paper by a Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychology.

For 2024, the submission deadline is Thursday, March 9. The recipient will be selected by the faculty members of the UCLA Psychology Postdoctoral Scholar Committee. The recipient will be notified by early June and honored at our annual awards reception in June.

Previous Award Recipients

2023: The recipient of the award was Raquel Joiner for her paper, “Are changes in marital satisfaction sustained and steady, or sporadic and dramatic?” published in American Psychologist in 2023.

2022: The recipient of the award was Elisa Chi Min Baek
for her paper, “In-degree centrality in a social network is linked to coordinated neural activity,” published in Nature Communications in 2022.

2021: The recipient of the award was Yujia Peng for her paper, “Failure to Identify Robust Latent Variables of Positive or Negative Valence Processing Across Units of Analysis,” published in Biological Psychiatry CNNI in 2020.

2020: The recipient of the award was Mona Moieni for her paper, “Feeling needed: Effects of a randomized generativity intervention on well-being and inflammation in older women,” published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity in 2020. 

2019: The recipient of the award was Catherine Hegarty for her paper, “Disruptions in White Matter Maturation and Mediation of Cognitive Development in Youths on the Psychosis Spectrum,” published in Biological Psychiatry : CNNI in 2019.

2018: The recipient of the award was Vincent Taschereau-Dumouchel for his paper, “Towards an unconscious neural reinforcement intervention for common fears,” published in PNAS in 2018.

2017: The recipient of the award was Shulamite Green for her paper, “Sensory over-responsivity and social cognition in ASD: Effects of aversive sensory stimuli and attentional modulation on neural responses to social cues” written with Professor Susan Bookheimer and published in ELSEVIER in 2017.

2016: The recipient of the award was Megan Peters for her paper, “Human observers have optimal introspective access to perceptual processes even for visually masked stimuli,” written with Professor Hakwan Lau and published in eLIFE in 2015.

2015: The recipient of the award was Nicholas C. Soderstrom for his paper, “Testing facilities the regulation of subsequent study time,” written with Professor Robert A. Bjork and published in the Journey of Memory and Language in 2014.

2014: The recipient of the award was Steven M. Thurman for his paper, “Physical and Biological Constraints Govern Perceived Animacy of Scrambled Human Forms,” written with Professor Hongjing Lu and published in Psychological Science in 2013.

Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research

Each year, 6-8 UCLA postdoctoral scholars are selected from more than 1,000 postdocs on campus to receive the prestigious Chancellor’s Award. We are proud that many postdocs in Psychology have received this award.

Benjamin A. Tabak receiving the 2015 Chancellor’s Award
  • 2020 Erica Hornstein – Psychology
  • 2015 Benjamin A. Tabak – Psychology
  • 2013 Jennifer Hahn-Holbroook – Psychology
  • 2011 Kate Wolitzky-Taylor – Psychology
  • 2010 Francisco Javier Sánchez – Human Genetics & Psychology
  • 2008 Nate Kornell – Psychology
  • 2007 Naomi Eisenberger – Psychoneuroimmunology
  • 2006 Adam Aron – Psychology
  • 2003 David Sherman – Psychology
  • 1998 Shannon Daley – Psychology