Professor Herb Marsh receives Australian Psychological Society award

Australian Catholic University Institute for Positive Psychology and Education’s Professor Herb Marsh (BA Hons, Indiana Univ, MA, PhD, UCLA; Dsc UWestSyd; HonDoc, Ludwig Maximilians Univ Munich) has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

In recognition of this distinguished award, Professor Marsh presented the keynote address at the 2018 APS Congress in Sydney on 29 September on Academic self-concept: Cornerstone of a revolution in the positive psychology of education.

Professor Marsh said, “I feel highly honoured and humbled to receive such an extraordinary accolade from my psychological research colleagues from across Australia.”

"I am also pleased this award affirms ACU's decision to form the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), and the strong support that I have received from ACU and my IPPE colleagues."

Professor Marsh was Professor of Education at Oxford University, from 2006–2011, where he holds an Emeritus Professorship and coined the phrase ‘substantive-methodological research synergy’, which underpins his substantive and methodological research interests.

Professor Marsh also founded the SELF Research Centre where he served as Director for 20 years.  The centre has over 500 members and satellite centre at leading Universities around the world.  He was elected as President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association and he was awarded a Career Achievement award by the American Educational Research Association. Professor Marsh was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, British Academy of Social Sciences, American Educational Research Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, and Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

The Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award acknowledges distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology by psychologists.  In electing candidates for the award, the selection committee considered; the level of quality, innovation and significance of the candidate’s research, the level of visibility of the candidate’s research both within Australia and internationally, the candidate’s level of demonstrated leadership and exceptional service in the field of psychology and scientific research, the impact of publications by the candidate, as well as the other grants and prizes received by the candidate.


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