Academics and Research

Psychology Professor Wyndol Furman wins Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

University of Denver psychology Professor Wyndol Furman is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, presented by the International Society of Behavioral Development (ISSBD). The award, which is given out every other year, honors a single individual who has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research, student training and other scholarly endeavors in behavioral development. Evaluations were based on the scientific merit of the individual’s work and the significance of this work for generating new empirical or theoretical areas in the study of behavioral development.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Furman says. “It really has been a team effort. I’ve had many students and colleagues whom I’ve worked with over the years, and these awards reflect all their efforts. The psychology department at DU is doing world-class research into behavioral development.”

Furman, a John Evans Professor and director of clinical training in DU’s psychology department, has taught at the University for 35 years. His research centers on the study of close relationships in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. He is particularly interested in the study of peer relationships and their consequences for health and adjustment.

Earlier this year, Furman won the 2012 John P. Hill Memorial Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. This award recognized Furman for his work on advancing the understanding of development and behavior during the second decade of the lifespan.

“Winning the ISSBD award is a tremendous career honor for Professor Furman and reflects his significant contribution to the scientific study of children and adolescent relationships,” says Rob Roberts, associate professor and chair of DU’s psychology department. “The award also reflects Wyndol Furman’s international impact in the research and study of behavioral development issues.”

The mission of the ISSBD is to promote the scientific research of human development throughout a human lifespan. ISSBD members come from across the globe, representing more than 60 nations.

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