Robert MacCoun recognized for contributions to applied psychological research

Robert MacCoun
Robert MacCoun

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) recently recognized ROBERT MACCOUN, the James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law, with the 2019 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. The award honors a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research.

“My career path has been somewhat unorthodox for a psychologist, but I’ve always been drawn to questions at the intersection of psychology and public problem solving,” said MacCoun. “It truly means a lot to me to get this recognition from APS, the leading organization of psychological scientists.”

MacCoun is a social psychologist and public policy analyst who has published studies on topics including illicit drug use, drug policy, judgment and decision-making, citizens’ assessments of fairness in the courts, social influence processes and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence by scientists, journalists and citizens. His scholarship is at the border of law and psychology and involves a mix of experimental and non-experimental empirical research, as well as computational modeling and simulation.

His book with Peter Reuter, Drug War Heresies (Cambridge, 2001) is an analysis of the drug legalization debate. MacCoun has also written extensively on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. His publications and testimony on military unit cohesion were influential in the 1993 and 2010 policy debates about allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

Read more on the Stanford Law School website.