Established in 1977, these awards are typically made to SRCD members who have distinguished themselves over a sustained period of time in the domain of the award, and thus ordinarily they should be senior members of the SRCD community. A variety of awards have been made, but most recently in these five areas:

  1. Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development - In recognition of an SRCD member’s continuous lifetime contributions to the scientific body of knowledge and understanding of children’s development
  2. Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy & Practice in Child Development -  In recognition of an SRCD member’s continuous lifetime contributions to research that inform policy and practice for the benefit of children
  3. Distinguished Contributions to Understanding International, Cultural, and Contextual Diversity in Child Development - In recognition of an SRCD member’s continuous lifetime contributions to the role of culture and context in the global understanding of child development
  4. Distinguished Contributions to Mentoring of Developmental Scientists - In recognition of an SRCD member’s extraordinary efforts to support the training of new generations of scholars conducting high-quality research on developmental issues (added in 2015)
  5. Distinguished Contributions to Interdisciplinary Understanding of Child Development - In recognition of an SRCD member’s efforts to promote interdisciplinary understanding of developmental issues and forge ties across disciplinary boundaries (added in 2015)

Past areas in which awards have been made include:

  • Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development - In recognition of an SRCD member’s continuous lifetime contributions toward educating others about child development as a research-based body of knowledge
  • Distinguished Contributions to the Society for Research in Child Development - In recognition of an individual’s contributions to the success of SRCD in achieving its purposes as an organization
  • Distinguished Contributions to the Lives of Children - In recognition of an individual’s continuous lifetime contributions to the lives of children through policy, practice, communications, and advocacy

The award for Contributions to the Lives of Children is often made to a non-member, and the award for Contributions to SRCD may be given to a non-member if appropriate.

Awards are presented at SRCD’s Biennial Meetings. A list of previous award recipients can be found on the SRCD website at this link.

Nominations are not being accepted at this time.  Please check back in the summer of 2018 for more details regarding the 2019 Biennial Awards Nomination process.