The Pickering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Psychology in Canada

Established in 2010, this award is normally presented annually to a scholar in Canada who has made outstanding contributions to developmental psychology as demonstrated by excellence in leadership, mentorship, and scholarship. The award recognizes distinguished contributions over a sustained period of time and is ordinarily given to a senior scholar.

A complete nomination package for this award includes:

  1. A nomination letter from a scholarly peer, colleague, or supervisor (self-nominations are not permitted) describing why the nominee deserves to be considered for the Pickering Award. The letter should address each of the three pillars:
    (a) Leadership, including senior/leading roles in learned societies, community organizations, inter-sectoral partnerships, government agencies, NGOs, or other relevant scholarly and non-scholarly organizations;
    (b) Mentorship, including supervision of under/graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and mentorship of early-career scholars; and
    (c) Scholarship, including theoretical and empirical contributions to the extant literature
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter from the nominee indicating their acceptance of the nomination and willingness to deliver the Pickering Lecture if selected for the award.
  4. Testimonials from students and trainees. There is no number, length, or format requirement for testimonials, and group-authored letters are acceptable. The adjudication committee will heavily weigh testimonials in assessing the mentorship criterion.

The recipient of the Pickering Award will deliver the annual Pickering Lecture at Carleton University on a mutually agreed-upon date. In years that coincide with our quadrennial Development conference, the Pickering Lecture would be delivered at the conference.

Nominations for the 2024 Pickering Award should be submitted electronically (as a single PDF document) to by December 15, 2023, 11:59 ET. Applicants and nominees will be notified of the results in January, 2024.

Nominations will be adjudicated by a subcommittee of faculty representatives from the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development. Representatives who are in conflict of interest with any of the nominees will not participate in the adjudication process.


2023 – Dr. Louis Schmidt

2022 – Dr. Marlene Moretti

2020 – Dr. Robert Coplan

2019 – Dr. Diane Poulin-Dubois

2018 – Dr. Jenny Jenkins

2017 – Dr. Janet Werker

2015 – Dr. Debra Pepler

2014 – Dr. Kenneth Rubin – Click here to see images from the 2014 Award Ceremony and Lecture.

2012 – Dr. Clyde Hertzman

2011 – Dr. Richard Tremblay

2010 – Dr. Jeffrey Bisanz