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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 award recognition at the Division 52 meetings at the APA Annual Convention.


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 April 15, 2018.

Nominations must be made online here

Required information includes:

  • Nominee's Name, Email, Institution
  • Name and email of faculty advisor
  • Graduate program name and expected date of graduation
  • Research statement on your past/present/future work (750 words maximum, with limited number of important citations)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Supporting letter from one mentor

Questions? Please write to Anastasi Award Committee Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Past Recipients, Anastasi Graduate Student Research Award Recipients

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
2015: Emily R. Sano, Pennsylvania State University, USA  & Jiabin Shen, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA