Linda Spear Mid-Career Award
Award Submissions Open!
The Mid-Career Award in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is named in honor of Dr. Linda Spear, a pioneer in developmental neuroscience. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists at the mid-level of their careers.
Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Originality of the work
- Excellence of the work
- Significance of the work
- Rigorousness of the work
- Commitment and promise to the field
- Engagement in science communication and outreach
- Efforts to foster open science
- Advocacy for diversity and inclusion
All the criteria should be addressed in the application materials. The award winner receives complimentary registration and a 30-minute presentation slot at the next Flux Congress.
Scientists eligible for this award should be a member of the Flux Society and have been working in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience for at least 8 years following their terminal degree (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MD), but not for more than 19 years. Caregiving leave or time spent in clinical training do not count toward the 19 year limit.
Nominations can be submitted via the button below. Self-nominations are also welcome.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024
- Nomination letter: The nomination letter should address how the nominee meets the criteria for excellence.
- Three papers: Include three papers that should be emphasized in the evaluation
- Nominee’s CV
Nominations accepted through April 15, 2024
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Nim Tottenham, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans. In particular, her laboratory investigates the interplay between brain development and the special caregiving experienced by humans. Her research has highlighted fundamental changes in brain circuitry across development and the powerful role that early experiences, such as caregiving and stress, have on the construction of these circuits. She has authored over 125 journal articles and book chapters. She is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally on human brain and emotional development. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the Society for Experimental Psychologists, and her scientific contributions have been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health BRAINS Award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, most recently by the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award.
One-on-One Interview with Nim Tottenham (July 2022)
Congratulations to Dr. Nim Tottenham, this year’s winner of the Linda Spear Mid-Career Award recognizing her outstanding contributions in developmental neuroscience! Dr. Tottenham is currently a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where she leads the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research focuses on understanding brain development underlying emotional behavior, or as she puts it herself, “the brain development that helps support the massive changes in emotional behaviors that we experience throughout the first two decades of life and the powerful role that parents play in shaping that brain development.”