Society Awards

The Society for the Study of Human Development has established a number of awards to highlight the scientific and pedagogical contributions of researchers in the field of human development. 

DISTINGUISHED LIFETIME CAREER AWARD. This award is designed to honor a scholar in the physical or social sciences whose work has made substantial, lifetime and sustained contribution to the understanding of significant and critical aspects of human development.


EARLY CAREER AWARD ($2,000.00). This award is designed to honor an early career scholar whose work has made a significant contribution to the understanding of significant and critical aspects of human development.


MENTOR AWARD.  The SSHD Mentor award will be given to an established scholar in human development who has had a prominent impact on the careers of students and colleagues.


ERIN PHELPS AWARD. SSHD has established the Erin Phelps Award to honor both her and the best article published in the last two years.  Erin was a seminal editor for Research in Human Development, and ably guided the publication to prominence.


2021 Award Winners

Early Career Award: Sara Schmitt, Purdue University; Yao Zheng, University of Alberta.

Distinguished Lifetime Career Award: Richard Lerner, Tufts University.

Mentor Award: Desiree Baolian Qin, Michigan State University.

Erin Phelps Award:

Burt, S. A., Klump, K. L., Vazquez, A. Y., Shewark, E. A., Hyde, L. W. (2021). Identifying patterns of youth resilience to neighborhood disadvantage, Research in Human Development, 18(3), 181-196.

Heberle, A. E., Hoch, N., Wagner, A. C., Frost, R. L., & Manley, M. H. (2021). "She is such a sponge and I want to get it right": Tensions, failures, and hope in White parents' aspirations to enact anti-racist parenting with their young White children. Research in Human Development, 18(1-2), 75-104.


2019 Award Winners

Early Career Award: Frank Infurna, Arizona State University, and William (Bill) Chopik, Michigan State University.

Distinguished Lifetime Career Award: Richard Settersten, Oregon State University.

Mentor Award: Deborah Johnson, Michigan State University.

Erin Phelps Award: Roberto Gonzales, Basia Ellis, Sarah Rendón-Garcia, & Kristina Brant. (2018). (Un)authorized Transitions: Illegality, DACA, and the Life Course, Research in Human Development, 15(3-4), 345-359, https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2018.1502543


2017 Award Winners

Early Career Award: Kristina Schmid Callina, Tufts University, and Amy K. Marks, Suffolk University.

Distinguished Lifetime Career Award: Willis F. Overton, Temple University.

Erin Phelps Award: Yoko Yamamoto, Jin Li, Jia Li Liu (2016). Does socioeconomic status matter for Chinese immigrants' academic socialization? Family environment, parental engagement, and preschooler's outcomes. Research in Human Development, 13(3), 191-206. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15427609.2016.1194706?journalCode=hrhd20


2015 Award Winners

Early Career Award: Joan Monin, Yale University, and Noah Webster, University of Michigan

Distinguished Lifetime Career Award: Anik de Ribaupierre, University of Geneva

Erin Phelps Award: Two awards were given this year.

David Witherington (2014). Self-organization and explanatory pluralism:  Avoiding the snares of reductionism in developmental science. Research in Human Development, 11(1), 22-36. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15427609.2014.874763

Heather Fuller-Iglesias, Noah Webster & Toni Antonucci (2013).  Adult family relationships in the context of friendship. Research in Human Development, 10(2), 184-203. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15427609.2013.786562