The Methodological Innovator Award is a senior career award that recognizes an individual who has made a significant or sustained contribution to innovative methods in social and personality psychology across his or her career. The award recognizes contributions that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. The award is made in recognition of a record of sustained contributions in one or several areas. 

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay.


  • Recipients are the creators of a sustained innovative methodological contribution (including developments of new methods, including analytic methods; innovative applications of existing methods; and creative application of methods from other fields). Contributions by an individual could include articles, papers, book chapters, books, websites, pieces of software or hardware, symposia, or other inventions created or released and judged to be innovative.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
  • A brief bullet-ed list should specify the nature and impact (or likely impact) of the nominee’s contributions. 
  • Supporting materials, such as the nominee’s current vita in electronic format, can be included in the nomination package.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award). 

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