Roediger receives lifetime achievement award

Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III, PhD, an internationally recognized scholar of human memory and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has received the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Describing Roediger as “one of the world’s best known and most respected researchers in cognitive psychology,” the APS presented him with its highest honor during the association’s annual convention in Chicago May 24-27.

“Roediger’s contributions to the science of psychology are sustained, wide-ranging and an example of the very best of psychological science,” said Douglas L. Medin, then-president of the APS and a cognitive psychologist at Northwestern University.

“Even that is an understatement because Roddy has also been such an outstanding leader in the psychological community,” he says. “His ideas formed the basis of several of the most successful journals in psychology. His collaborations with other leading scientists serve as a model for the way modern psychological science is conducted.

“We were delighted to present Roddy with our highest scientific honor.”

Named for one of the most influential pioneer theorists in psychology, the William James Fellow Award honors recipients for a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Other 2012 recipients of the award are Ellen Berscheid, PhD, of the University of Minnesota and Elaine C. Hatfield, PhD, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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