Psychologist Hazel Markus named 2017 William James Fellow

HAZEL MARKUS, the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, was named a 2017 William James Fellow by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

The fellowship recognizes APS members “for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.”

Hazel Markus
Hazel Markus

Markus’ groundbreaking work in the study of the self is “considered by many to be foundational in social psychology,” said the APS in a statement announcing the fellowship. Among her most influential breakthroughs were the introduction of the “self-schema,” a person’s beliefs or ideas that guide behavior, and the concept of “possible selves,” which includes representation of one’s self in the past and future. The APS said, “The self-related concepts that Markus introduced several decades ago remain some of the most researched topic in social psychology today.”

Markus has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Psychological Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Society for Experimental Social Psychology has honored her with its Distinguished Scientist Award and Award of Scientific Impact. In 2016, Markus was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Markus is the co-director of Stanford’s Center for Social Psychological Answers to Real-Word Questions (SPARQ), which partners with practitioners in government, business and nonprofits to craft solutions to our communities’ most pressing problems. She has been a professor of psychology at Stanford since 1994.

Markus will officially receive the William James Fellow Award at the APS annual convention May 25-28 in Boston.

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