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This award, named for Anne Anastasi, is for outstanding graduate student research, with priority given to research that focuses on psychometrics and differential psychology. The award is funded by a donation to Divison 52 from the Anne Anastasi Foundation.

Anne Anastasi was president of the American Psychological Association in 1965 and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1987. She made major conceptual contributions to the understanding of the manner in which psychological development is influenced by environmental and experiential factors. Her writings have provided incisive commentary on test construction and the proper application of psychological tests. She drew attention to the individual being tested and therefore to the responsibilities of the testers. She called for them to go beyond test scores, to search the assessed individuals’ history to help them to better understand their own results and themselves. 

Each awardee will receive $300 and an award certificate.


All Div52 applicants may be considered for this award. However research that focuses on psychometrics and differential psychology with respect to Anne Anastasi's contributions to the field from an international perspective will be highly considered.

The award recipients will be decided based on the student’s vitae, research plan, and a supporting letter from the student’s advisor. There are no restrictions on self-nomination or nomination by others.

Application Process

The application deadline is June 7, 2018.

Please send the following materials electronically to the Chair of the Committee, Suzana Adams, PsyD (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  1. Cover Letter with the following information. 
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Institution
    4. A mentor’s name and his/her email
    5. Focus of research and title
    6. Your years of study (there are 2 levels of the Anastasi Award: Students with 2 years or less of graduate study and those with more than 2 years of graduate study).  Please indicate (check off) in your cover letter the one that best applies to you: __Two years or less of study beyond the baccalaureate or__More than two years beyond the baccalaureate.
    7. If applicable, year in which masters’ degree was completed or projected year in which masters’ degree will be completed.
  2. Please add to the Cover Letter the following attachments:
    1. Research statement on your past/present/future work (2-3 pages, with limited number of important citations)
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae
    3. Supporting letter from one mentor (if not attached please indicate that it will be sent separately

Past Recipients, Anastasi Graduate Student Research Award Recipients

2015: Emily R Sano, Pennsylvania State University, USA  & Jiabin Shen, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
2017: Advanced Graduate Students: Mei Tan, University of Houston,USA and Octavio Santos, Univesrity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
2017: Beginning Graduate Student: Ashley Hicks, St. Johns University, USA