The Society for the History of Psychology, Division 26 of the American Psychological Association, has announced their 2020 award winners:
Early Career Award
Martin Wieser, Sigmund Freud University-Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Wieser’s research on visual imagery in psychology, disciplinary crisis, and operative psychology in the German Democratic Republic demonstrates significant breadth, depth and originality. Further, his work demonstrates a sophisticated and deep knowledge of historiography, exploring the social, cultural, material, and theoretical roots of psychology.
Jacy L. Young, Quest University, Canada.
Dr. Young’s work exploring the history of questionnaire research, women and feminism in psychology, and the history of sexual harassment in psychology has contributed significantly to our understanding of psychology’s past and present and has led to lasting changes in the field. Further, the committee acknowledges her commitment to and leadership within the Society for the History of Psychology, demonstrated through her service and leadership as program chair, reviewer, and session organizer.
Career Achievement Award
Regina Helena de Freitas Campos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Dr. Campos’ work on the history of psychology in Brazil has provided an in-depth look at educational psychology, the work of Helena Antipoff, and the roots of laboratory psychology. The committee also recognizes her leadership in preserving and providing public access to the historical record of psychology in Brazil and contributing significantly to the establishment of history of psychology as a specialty area.
Best Journal Article Award
Sebastiaan Broere, the University of Amsterdam.
The committee to select the best article in History of Psychology for Vol. 22 (2019) is delighted to announce its unanimous choice: Sebastiaan Broere (2019). “Picturing Ethnopsychology: A Colonial Psychiatrist’s Struggles to Examine Javanese Minds, 1910–1925,” 22(3), 266-286. This article offers an exceptionally rich and nuanced analysis of Dutch psychiatrist C. F. Engelhard, who set out in the first decades of the twentieth century to apply the clinical expertise acquired in the Netherlands to native subjects in Java with the aid of psychological tests – with entirely ambiguous results. As Broere demonstrates, Engelhard was very much a scientist of his time. He was unable in any meaningful way to see beyond the blinders of his own imperialist imagination. With this excellent essay, Broere provides a model of historical inquiry: thoroughly researched, always accessible, and fascinating to read from start to finish. It adds substantially to our understanding of the overlapping histories of colonial psychiatry, psychometric testing, ethnopsychology, and the dilemmas of cross-cultural social scientific research.