Assessment Annual Reviewer Award

Our official journal, Assessment, announces the establishment of an annual award process for manuscript reviewers. Key criteria include the number of reviews conducted, the average turnaround time, and the thoroughness and quality of the review. The top reviewer receives a formal certification of recognition as well as a $250 cash award.

The winner of the 2020 inaugural award is Kasey Stanton, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech University. In the calendar year 2020, Kasey provided 13 reviews for Assessment. He did so with incredible speed, with an average of only 6 days from accepting the request to submitting the review. Further, he did so with excellent quality as rated by the AEs at Assessment. We extend grateful appreciation to Kasey for his service to our field!

Two additional reviewers were identified for Honorable Mention: Christopher Conway and Thomas Fergus.

The selection committee consisted of Douglas Samuel, Editor, with Martin Sellbom and Paul Ingram.

Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology

Each year, the Section IX Board recognizes a distinguished member of the assessment psychology community at the annual American Psychological Association convention. Award recipients are selected for significant career achievements to further the science, teaching, and practice of psychological assessment.

Award talk from Yossef Ben-Porath, recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology Award [2020]


Radhika Krishnamurthy receives the 2019 Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology Award from Martin Sellbom [August 9, 2019]

Past Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology Recipients

  • 2021: Elena Grigorenko, Ph.D., University of Houston and Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., Emory University (posthumous award)
  • 2020: Yossef Ben-Porath, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • 2019: Radhika Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Florida Tech
  • 2018: R. Michael Bagby, Ph.D., University of Toronto 
  • 2017: Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., Therapeutic Assessment Institute 
  • 2016: Robert F. Bornstein, Ph.D., Adelphi University 
  • 2015: Susana Urbina, Ph.D., University of North Florida 
  • 2014: Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., Texas A&M University 
  • 2013: Irving B. Weiner, Ph.D., University of South Florida 
  • 2012: Auke Tellegen, Ph.D. University of Minnesota 
  • 2011: Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D. Loyola University of Chicago
  • 2010: John R. Graham, Ph.D. Kent State University
  • 2009: Robert P. Archer, Ph.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School

Section IX Student Research Fellowship

Criteria for Award. The purpose of the award is to promote research in the area of clinical assessment by current graduate students. Only studies with a primary emphasis on assessment will be considered. Some examples include investigations of the psychometric functioning of psychological tests or use of psychological tests in the prediction of clinically-relevant characteristics or outcomes. Awardees and their mentors must be members of Section IX in order to apply, and awardees are expected to present their results at an American Psychological Association (APA) or assessment-oriented research conference and/or submit their findings for publication. One award of $500 will be distributed each year, approximately one month after the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Applications are due annually on August 31st.


  • Student and mentor must be members of Section IX of APA Division 12.
  • Students must have one publication (in press is accepted) or first-authored professional presentation.
  • All funds must be expended directly for the proposed investigation.
  • Student will present findings at an American Psychological Association (APA) or assessment-oriented research conference or submit their findings for publication.
  • Funds cannot be used for salary for the awardee or mentor.

Please complete and email this form and your CV to the Section IX Secretary:

Past Section IX Student Research Fellowship Recipients

  • 2021: Rachel Chavin, M.A.
    • Mentor: Sara Lowmaster, Ph.D., University of South Dakota
  • 2020: No award
  • 2019: Cassie Boness, M.A.
    • Mentor: Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • 2018: Nicholas Kavish, M.A.
    • Title: A Psychometric Evaluation of the Add Health Psychopathy Scale and NLSY97 Callous-Unemotional Traits Scale in Two Samples
    • Mentor: Jaime Anderson, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • 2016 & 2017: No award
  • 2015: Ryan Marek, M.A. 
    • Title: Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes
    • Mentor: Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • 2014: Chelsea Sleep, B.A.
    • Title: Elaborating Borderline and Psychopathic Personality Disorders with the Computerized Adaptive Test of Personality Disorder (CAT-PD) in a Female Correctional Samples
    • Mentor: Dustin B. Wygant, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2013: Allison Wainer, M.A. 
    • Title: Validation of the Social Communication Checklist
    • Mentor: Brooke Ingersoll, Ph.D., Michigan State University


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