Florence L. Denmark - Accomplishments
Florence L. Denmark is an internationally recognized scholar, administrator, leader, researcher, and policy-maker. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in social psychology. Her baccalaureate was also earned at the University of Pennsylvania; she was the first woman in that school's history to graduate with two majors honors--in both psychology and history. Denmark, a native of Philadelphia, graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. Although she was trained as a social psychologist and has made many contributions to the psychology of women, her broad interests and distinguished contributions to psychology attest to her being an eminent generalist in an age of specialization.
Dr. Denmark has been the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Pace University and the Chair of the Department of Psychology. She was previously the Thomas Hunter Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Recognition of her impact on the field of psychology is based on her publication of more than 100 articles and 15 books and monographs, her presentation of approximately 100 talks and invited addresses, and her appearance on numerous radio and television shows.
A pioneer in the field of the psychology of women, Florence L. Denmark's most significant research has emphasized women's leadership and leadership styles, the interaction of status and gender, women in cross-cultural perspective, women and aging, and the contributions of women to psychology.
Her elections to the following offices are traditional testimonials to the impact on psychology: president, American Psychological Association (APA); president, Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology; president, Eastern Psychological Association; vice-president, New York Academy of Sciences; copresident, International Organization for the Study of Group Tensions; member of the Board of Directors, International Council of Psychologists; member of the Executive Committee, Council of Scientific Society Presidents; vice-president of the Board of Directors, Professional Examination Service; and president, APA Division 35, the Psychology of Women. These are only a few of the many organizations in which she has held membership and elective office. In the last year, Florence Denmark has been instrumental in the founding of the APA Division of International Psychology (Division 52), which focuses its efforts on the work of psychologists around the world. She served as president of Division 52.
The discretionary money given Florence as outgoing president of the Eastern Psychological Association was donated by her to fund an ongoing award for faculty advisors who have made outstanding contributions to Psi Chi and psychology (the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award.
Denmark is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the New York Academy of Sciences. She is also a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (by invitation) and is currently a member of the editorial board of Sex Roles. She served for 14 years as associate editor of the International Journal of Group Tensions and was on the editorial board of Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Dr. Denmark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training (1987), APA Division 35's (Psychology of Women) Carolyn Sherif Award (1991), APA's Centennial Award for Sustained Contribution to the Public Interest Directorate (1992), Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award - Senior Career (1992), APA's Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (1996), and more recently the Interamerican Society of Psychology's (ISP) Interamerican Award in Psychology (1997). In 1999 she was honored by being named a Distinguished Member of Psi Chi.
Other honors and recognition of Denmark's meritorious contributions to scholarship, research, teaching, and policy include: (a) membership in Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Chi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa; (b) Distinguished Lecturer, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, December 1976; (c) Mellon Scholar, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, January 1977; (d) Kurt Lewin Award, New York State Psychological Association, 1978; (e) First National Distinguished Service Award, Psi Chi, 1980; (f) Honor Award, Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, 1980, "For contributions to equality for present and future women scholars"; (g) Outstanding Women in Science Award, Association of Women in Science, 1980; (h) Distinguished Contribution Award, International Organization for the Study of Group Tensions, 1981; (i) keynote speaker, First International Interdisciplinary Congress held in Haifa, Israel, 1981; (j) G. Stanley Hall lecturer, American Psychological Association, 1982; and (l) Distinguished Career Award, Association for Women in Psychology, 1987, of outstanding contributions in policy and scholarship, and as a mentor in the field of the psychology of women.
Denmark is currently an APA NGO representative to the United Nations and serves as treasurer of the NGO Committee on Aging.