University of Wisconsin–Madison

Awards & Recognitions

Prof. Kaplan to Receive APA Award

Quantitative Methods Prof. David Kaplan was recently named as the 2018 recipient of the Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association.

This recognition honors those who have a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods.

Kaplan’s work earned him the award within APA’s Division 5, which draws together specialists in the areas of quantitative and qualitative methods. He is also the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods and holds affiliate appointments in the university’s Dept. of Population Health Sciences and the Center for Demography and Ecology.  Kaplan is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a recipient of the Humboldt Research Prize, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Dept. of Education at the University of Oxford, among other honors and recognitions.

(Posted Jan. 31, 2018)

Former PhD Student Earns “Emerging Scholar Award”

Congratulations to former UW Ed Psych student Chia-chen Yang on earning the Emerging Scholar Award from the Journal of Youth and Adolescence for her article “Online Self-Presentation on Facebook and Self Development During the College Transition.” Dr. Yang received her PhD from the Human Development program area of Educational Psychology in 2014. She is now an assistant professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis. Her award winning article appears in the 2016 (vol. 45#2) issue of the journal.

(Posted Sept. 26, 2017)

Kratochwill Dissertation Award Winner Announced

We are very pleased to announce that recent School Psychology program graduate Katie Roling is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas R. Kratochwill School Psychology Dissertation Award to Advance Evidence-Based Practice!

This award, named after longtime faculty member and recent retiree Tom Kratochwill, supports the work of School Psychology students whose dissertation focuses on evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for children and youth.

Katie’s dissertation examined whether integrating cognitive strategies into supplemental instruction could be effective for increasing academic vocabulary and reading proficiency of English Language Learners. Results of Katie’s study found promising effects for the intervention on academic vocabulary knowledge.

She’ll use the funds to pursue professional development opportunities and “stock my literature library as I begin my career as a school psychologist with Heartland Area Education Agency in Iowa.”

She says Tom was an invaluable resource for students. “His passion for evidence-based intervention is constantly apparent,” she explains, adding that “his support was particularly valuable when it came to my project’s single-case design.”

After more than 30 years as a pillar of the department’s School Psychology program, Tom retired in 2016 after holding numerous leadership roles in the department, including several stints as director of the School Psychology program (he’s the longest serving Director in our history) and the longest serving Director of the interdisciplinary Educational and Psychological Training Center.

Through it all, the many graduate students he has guided through their studies have been his motivation.

“I love learning new things and sharing the information with graduate students,” he says. “I also enjoy the experience of seeing graduate students progress from an introduction to the profession to competent beginning professional psychologists.”

To honor Tom’s outstanding contributions to the School Psychology program, the Department of Educational Psychology has established the Kratochwill Dissertation Award. It will support the work of School Psychology students whose dissertation focuses on evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for children and youth.

You can contribute to the fund here


(Updated Jan. 30, 2018; originally posted Sept. 17, 2017)

Ed Psych Professor Featured in News Report

Dr. Robert Enright, an Ed Psych and Human Development professor, was recently featured in a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Known as a pioneer in the study of forgiveness in many hostile areas around the world, the article about Enright centers on the premise that forgiveness is not weakness.

Instead, it can be “an active virtue,” he states in the article. He also explains that forgiveness does not excuse injustice. “When you forgive, you don’t excuse, you don’t necessarily reconcile and you don’t get rid of justice,” he states. “You forgive and seek justice at the same time.”

Enright has developed his research into a K-12 curriculum focused on forgiveness, which is now being taught in classrooms in more than 30 countries.

For the Fall 2017 semester, Prof. Enright is teaching two courses: Psychology of Forgiveness and The Development Process Across the Life Span.

(Posted Sept. 6, 2017)

School Psychology Graduate Wins APA’s ‘Outstanding Dissertation Award’

Congratulations to Dr. Paige Mission for winning the Division 16 (School Psychology) 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association!

A 2016 graduate of the UW School Psych program, Dr. Mission will be recognized at the upcoming APA annual convention in Washington, DC for her standout dissertation, which examined the validity of a broadband social-emotional screener for Spanish-speaking youth that revealed the need for more effective early identification procedures for use with linguistically-diverse students. Dr. Mission secured over $10,000 in funding for her dissertation research from national and private organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Study of School Psychology, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, she received the Wisconsin School Psychology Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.

“Dr. Mission’s dissertation really shows her passion for service delivery and mental health access for underprivileged youth,” said her advisor, Dr. Craig Albers, UW School Psych Director. “As she continues to in the field, we expect her emphasis on prevention, lifespan considerations, and behavioral health to promote enhanced partnerships across hospitals, schools, and communities for underserved populations.”

A native of California, Dr. Mission served as the co-president of the Educational Psychology Student Association at UW-Madison and Student Interest Liaison for Division 16’s Executive Board. More recently she has been elected as the president of the student/trainee executive board of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology where she is serving her final term. After completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Minnesota’s Medical Center and Medical School, she has gone on to pursue post-doctoral training. She currently is completing a fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology through the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, while also working with local community agencies to build assessment and intervention programs for children with developmental disabilities.

(Posted July 24, 2017)

Ed Psych Professor Receives Mentoring Award

While Ed Psych faculty often receive awards and grants based on their groundbreaking research, the department’s Prof. Edward Hubbard also recently won a very different kind of award – one for mentoring students.

An assistant professor within the department’s Human Development area, Hubbard won the Undergraduate Mentoring Award, a campus-wide honor that recognizes faculty members, academic staff and others for mentoring undergraduates in research, scholarly and creative endeavors. He was nominated by five students who worked in his UW Educational Neuroscience Lab, which operates in the Educational Sciences building and at the Waisman Center.

“Ed truly wants his students to get as much out of the research experience as they can and to feel that they can approach him to talk about anything,” says lab manager Jennifer Hathaway. “(He) makes it a priority to meet with students at weekly lab-wide meetings, project-specific meetings and one-on-one to discuss updates, new scientific articles and provide feedback on presentations or papers.”

Read more about Hubbard’s award, lab and research here.

(Posted June 7, 2017)

Ed Psych’s Vlach Receives Early Career Award

Assistant Prof. Haley Vlach recently received an Early Career Research Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

This prestigious honor is given to emerging scientists in the field of child development, as evidenced through research, publications and other scholarly activity.

Vlach is the director of the Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD) Lab where her research focuses on young children’s learning, including the study of memory, word learning, categorization, generalization/transfer of learning, and conceptual development.

Specifically, Vlach aims to connect traditional laboratory research on cognitive development with more applied settings, such as studies of effective interventions and educational curriculum.

“Being recognized by my peers is a remarkable honor,” she says. “It’s truly humbling to be in the company of the exceptional scholars who have received the award over the years.”

Vlach received her award April 7, during the award ceremony at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas.

As a recipient of this award, Vlach becomes part of SRCD’s Oral History Project, which archives interviews with major figures in the fields of child development and child psychology, as well as other related fields.

According to the SRCD website: “As research in human development expands, the need for coordination and integration among the disciplines grows. The Society is constantly working to facilitate such coordination and integration and to assist in the dissemination of research findings. The Society welcomes the increasing interest in child development research and seeks members who share this interest.”

(Posted April 14, 2017)

Professor Recognized with Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award

Since joining the UW more than 20 years ago, Prof. Steve Quintana has worked to include students and educators with diverse backgrounds through his work in the Dept. of Educational Psychology.

To recognize these efforts, Quintana was awarded one of the university’s top honors this Spring, receiving the inaugural “Award for Inclusive Excellence” as part of the UW’s annual Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Among the many initiatives he’s organized, Quintana, who is also a professor in the Dept. of Counseling Psychology, was recently a coordinator of the Diversity Dialogues program, which are 90-minute facilitated conversations held across campus in small groups focused on diversity issues.

He’s also been involved with the Our Wisconsin program, an initiative that provides workshops to incoming UW-Madison students to help build a campus community that is welcoming to all students.

(Posted April 17, 2017)

​Teaching Assistant Wins Campus-Wide Award

Congratulations to Ed Psych Student Lecturer Amanda Siebert-Evenstone, who was recently awarded a Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award for 2016.

Siebert-EvenstoneA PhD candidate in the department’s School Psychology program, Siebert-Evenstone is inspired by the undergraduate students she teaches.

“I really enjoy helping students make connections between different topics and reflect on how certain theories we study apply to their daily lives,” she says.

Dept. Chair Brad Brown says the recognition is well-deserved. “At all levels – from the undergraduate courses through graduate level work – our students have access to incredible instructors,” he says. “Amanda’s efforts and this award are more proof of that.”

(Posted April 13, 2017)