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Richeson Honored for Early Career Contributions to Psychology

July 9, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Jennifer Richeson, associate professor of psychology and African American studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has received the 2009 Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA).

Richeson, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, is a scholar in psychological phenomena associated with diversity. Her research focuses on prejudice, stereotyping and intergroup relations.
The award recognizes young psychologists for their demonstrated academic excellence. Richeson, who was honored for her work in the field of social psychology, is one of five recipients this year.

In 2007 Richeson was named a fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation -- popularly known as a “genius grant.” She was named a 2007 Young Innovator in the Arts and Sciences by Smithsonian Magazine and a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. Among her numerous honors, she also received the Illinois Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology.

Her scholarship has been widely published in major psychology journals, most recently in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science.

Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2005, Richeson was an assistant professor at Dartmouth College. She will receive the award at the APA’s annual meeting in August.
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