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Eagly Receives Gold Medal Award From Psychological Foundation

Alice Eagly, professor of psychology and James Padilla Chair in Arts and Sciences, has received the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Social Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation.

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April 30, 2008 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Alice Eagly, professor of psychology and James Padilla Chair in Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has received the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Social Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation. Eagly is also chair of the psychology department and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research.

This award recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing psychological science.

Recipients are given a mounted gold medal and an all-expense paid trip to the American Psychological Association annual convention where the award is presented. In addition, a $2,000 donation is made in their name to the charity of their choice.

Eagly has published widely on the psychology of attitudes, especially attitude change, attitude structure, and attitudinal selectivity in information processing. She is in addition a major contributor to the study of gender, with a focus on the social behavior and attitudes of women and men.

Her latest book, "Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders" (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), examines the advantages and disadvantages of women as leaders. She is also author of two other books and numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Eagly has received various awards, including the Interamerican Psychologist Award for contributions to psychology as a science and profession in the Americas; the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for contributions to the psychology of women as a scholar, mentor, teacher and leader; the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology; the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology; and a citation as Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology.

She has served as president of the Midwestern Psychological Association, president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the APA, and chair of the Executive Committee of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

Before joining Northwestern, Eagly taught at Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Purdue University.