The Wiley Prize in Psychology, worth £5,000, is awarded annually for lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar (in odd years), and promising early-career work by a UK-based psychologist, within 5 years of receipt of their doctorate (in even years). The award is made in partnership with Wiley a publishing house that has been helping people and organizations develop their skills and knowledge for over 200 years.The Prize was first awarded in 2009.
Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Following her cross-disciplinary PhD in developmental neuroscience and medical physics in 2011 she has become a leading international researcher in applying fNIRS to the study of infant development. She heads the NIRS Research Lab at the CBCD and provides training and support at an international level. Her current work focuses on understanding brain function and development in infants at developmental risk due to neurodevelopmental disorders (autism and ADHD), and under nutrition. The latter has led to the novel application of fNIRS in low- and middle- income countries and the first infant functional neuroimaging study in Africa. This has now expanded to a longitudinal project following families though pregnancy, infancy and into toddlerhood in The Gambia and UK. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles including a seminal review paper on fNIRS infant research and was recently awarded the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award.
“I was delighted to receive the British Academy’s Wiley Prize in Psychology this year. As a female scientist working across the fields of psychology, neuroscience and medical physics, I feel proud to have been honoured with this reward - particularly as it also reflects a time in my life when I have started a family and strived to balance part-time work with raising two young boys.”
2017 Professor Stanislas Dehaene FBA, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit
2016 Dr Stephen Fleming, University College London
2015 Professor Peter Fonagy FBA, University College London
2014 Dr Richard Cook, City University London
2013 Professor Anne Treisman FBA FRS, Princeton University
2012 Dr Yulia Kovas, Goldsmiths, University of London
2011 Professor Dr Michael Tomasello, Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center, Leipzig
2010 Dr Essi Viding, Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, University College, London
2009 Dr Martin Seligman, Albert A Fox Leadership Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University’s Positive Psychology Center