linda Spear Mid-Career Award

Dr. Linda Spear was a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She was one of the true pioneers of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her seminal work, using rodent models to investigate neurobehavioral function during adolescence, and the translation of that work to understanding effects of substance use on human development, has been greatly influential to the field. The importance of her contributions to the field was recognized in 2017 when Flux presented her with the Huttenlocher Award, our Society’s highest recognition for career achievement. She was an incredible human being, kind, humble, and supportive. This award is named for her in honor of her considerable achievements, her kindness, and her stalwart support of her colleagues.
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. The award winner receives complimentary registration and a 30-minute presentation slot at the next Flux Congress.

Eligibility Criteria

Scientists eligible for this award will have been working in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience for at least 8 years following their terminal degree, 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 or emailed to

Application materials

    1. Nomination letter: The nomination letter should address how the nominee meets the criteria for excellence.
    2. Three papers: Include three papers that should be emphasized in the evaluation
    3. Nominee’s CV

Nominations are due by April 15, 2022