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. Please note: Awardees are expected to attend (virtually) to accept the award.  

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.

Eligibility: Nominees should demonstrate evidence of sustained scholarly accomplishment, including research, outreach, and scholarly publications in journals/books. They must be SSHD members in good standing.

Nomination Process: Nominations should be sent (electronic submission only, preferably bundled into one email) to Toni C. Antonucci, tca.sshdonline@umich.edu , by May 15, 2021, and should include the following:

1) Cover letter from a nominating scholar indicating the qualifications and achievements of the nominee. The letter should summarize current and past professional accomplishments, in such areas as research, publication and outreach;

2) Current resume of the nominee;

3) Two additional letters of support.  


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.

Eligibility: Nominees must have received their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years, be SSHD members, and have demonstrated evidence of sustained scholarly accomplishment, in such areas as research, scholarly publications, and outreach.

Nomination Process: Nominations should be sent (electronic submission only, preferably bundled into one email) to Toni C. Antonucci, tca.sshdonline@umich.edu, by May 15, 2021 and should include the following: 

1) Cover letter from a nominating scholar indicating the qualifications and achievements of the nominee;

2) Current resume of the nominee;

3) Two additional letters of support.


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.

Eligibility: The mentor will have been a full professor for at least five years as well as someone whose mentoring success can be assessed, in part, by the accomplishments of their students and/or younger colleagues, including evidence of recognition in teaching, research or outreach. The mentor will have given evidence of nurturing the careers and professional development of students and colleagues through such activities as providing advice and support for professional advancement, and helping mentees build professional networks with leading scholars in human development.

Nomination Process: Nominations can be made by colleagues, students or through self-nominations. Nominations should be sent (electronic submission only, preferably bundled into one email) to Toni C. Antonucci, tca.sshdonline@umich.edu  by May 15, 2021 and include the following:

1) A nomination letter which includes a specific description of the nominee’s mentoring activities;

2) Names of graduate/undergraduate students and junior colleagues who have been mentored by the nominee;

3) Nominee’s resume; 

4) Two letters of support/reference written by colleagues or students, including a specific description of the mentoring relationship and how the mentor facilitated and supported the student or colleague.


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.

Eligibility: Nominees include any article published in Research in Human Development during 2020 – 2021

Nomination Process: Nominations should be sent (electronic submission only, preferably bundled into one email) to Toni C. Antonucci, tca.sshdonline@umich.edu, by May 15, 2021 and should include the following:  

1) Cover letter from a nominating scholar indicating why they feel this article should win the Erin Phelps award;

2) Complete reference or copy of the article.


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