Psychology professor wins 2011 Sells Award for distinguished multivariate research

Stephen G. West of Arizona State University won the 2011 Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research from the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP). SMEP has an elected membership of 65 active members who represent some of the most distinguished contributors in research methodology in psychology and education.

"The award is named for Saul B. Sells, a founder and an early President of SMEP (1962), who provided a generous gift that is used to fund this award. The Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research is given annually to recognize an individual who has made distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology. This award represents the highest honor bestowed by the Society in recognition of contributions to our field. The recipient is invited to the next meeting of SMEP to deliver an address and receives an honorarium of $2400."

Among the past recipients of the Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research are Peter Bentler, UCLA,  Jack Block, University of California, Berkeley, R. Darrell Bock, University of Chicago, Jacob Cohen, New York University, Lewis Goldberg, University of Oregon, Karl J├Âreskog, University of Uppsala, Sweden, and David Kenny, University of Connecticut. 

West is a professor in the ASU psychology department's program in quantitative research methods in psychology, one of the top methodological programs in the country. He has been at ASU since 1981. He previously won the 2000 American Psychological Association Henry Murray award, given by Division 8 (Personality and Social Psychology) for lifetime contributions to the study of lives. In 2009 he won the 2009 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Forschungspreis (research prize), given by the Foundation annually for lifetime contributions in their area to a total of approximately 50 senior researchers in the world representing the full range of academic disciplines. 

He has also  received the 1997 ASU Outstanding Graduate Mentor award and the 2003 Jacob Cohen award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring from Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) of the American Psychological Association. West is currently president-elect of Division 5 of the American Psychological Association.

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