Janet Hyde receives lifetime achievement award

The professor is honored for her work on the psychology of women and gender.

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Psychology professor Janet Shibley Hyde is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recipient is chosen by colleagues from Division One, the society for general psychology, “based on the candidate’s reputation in integrating various areas of psychology.”

Hyde, an Evjue-Bascom Professor and Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies and the director of the Center for Research on Gender & Women, views the award as a recognition of her work as well as the departments that support her.

“When I began this work in the 1970s, the psychology of women and gender was very marginalized,” she says. “One of my goals, and that of others in the field, was to make it central to psychology. We’ve made great progress toward that goal.”

Hyde will speak at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention next August in Washington, D.C., specifically on her formulation of the Gender Similarities Hypothesis.

“The media and the popular imagination are dominated by a Differences Model, the belief that women and men are very different from each other,” she says. “In fact, though, my data and others’ show that men and women are very similar to each other. These findings then have implications in many areas, including education and psychotherapy.”