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APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award



By recognizing and awarding the most outstanding graduate, empirical research paper, the APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award promotes the first author's career in psychology by conferring official recognition in various forms from both Psi Chi and APS and a cash prize. This award honors Albert Bandura, a Distinguished Member of Psi Chi and a William James Fellow of APS, for significant lifetime contributions to psychology and for his exemplary and dedicated support and mentoring of students and their research throughout his long professional career.

Who is Albert Bandura?

Albert Bandura is one of the most well known psychologists in the world. He developed the social learning theory and is best known for his Bobo doll study.


The annual winner will receive:

  • $1,200
  • A 3-year APS membership extension
  • Subscription to all six field-leading APS journals and the Observer magazine
  • Registration for the 2021 APS Convention
  • Recognition during the APS opening ceremony (provided the winner attends the convention)
  • Two engraved plaques—one for the winner and one for the psychology department as a permanent honor.


Applications are due to the application portal by February 1.

The application portal will open approximately 30 days before the deadline.

During the time the application portal is closed, the program details of the previous year may be viewed by clicking the Preview/Apply button below.


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Meltem Yucel

University of Virginia
2019–20 Winner

Meltem Yucel is a sixth-year Developmental Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. She is also a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE Academy). Using behavioral, eye-tracking, and pupillometry methods, her research investigates how children and adults understand and enforce norms.

"I am honored to receive this special award for my predissertation paper showing that affective arousal could underlie the distinction children and adults make when distinguishing moral rules from non-moral rules. This award will allow me to disseminate my findings to a broader audience."


Timothy Williamson

University of California, Los Angeles
2018–19 Winner

Timothy is a sixth-year PhD student in the clinical area at the University of California, Los Angeles. Timothy’s researches biopsychosocial processes in physical and mental health, particularly for isolated, stigmatized, and marginalized groups. Timothy currently researches how psychosocial factors—such as social stigma—contribute to health-related adjustment to lung cancer.

"I am honored to receive the APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award, particularly for a paper that emphasizes how social relationships are crucial for our health and well-being. Moving forward, I aim to contribute a program of research that integrates perspectives from psychology, public health, and medicine to reduce social stigma and facilitate positive adjustment to chronic diseases such as cancer."


Lameese Eldesouky

Washington University in St. Louis
2017–18 Winner

Lameese is a fifth-year PhD student in the social/personality program. She received her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary interests are in understanding the factors that predict emotion regulation strategy choices and the affective, social, and health consequences of different emotion regulation strategies.

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