Suparna Rajaram, Professor of Psychology and former Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, was chosen President-elect of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She will succeed Susan Goldin-Meadow from the University of Chicago as APS President in May 2017.
A Fellow of the Washington, DC-based organization, Rajaram assumes a position previously held by such distinguished scientists as Walter Mischel, Elizabeth Loftus and Michael Gazzaniga. She formerly served as a member of the APS Board of Directors from 2012-2015, and is a former Associate Editor of the Association’s flagship journal Psychological Science, among other publications.
Rajaram’s research focuses on learning and memory in humans. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to study social transmission of memory in small groups and large networks, collaborative and collective memory in young and older adults, and cognition and education. Her work has also examined both human amnesia and normal memory to address the cognitive and neural bases of memory, the distinction between explicit and implicit memory, and the nature of recollective experience.
In addition to being an APS Fellow, Rajaram is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, the premier organization of scientists who study cognition. She also is one of the founding organizers of Women in Cognitive Science, an international group developed in 2001 to promote the advancement of women in the cognitive sciences, and supported by the National Science Foundation.
APS is the leading international organization representing all areas of psychological science in research, application, teaching and the improvement of human welfare. Its membership exceeds 26,000 and includes some of the most distinguished psychological researchers in the world. APS publishes five leading journals, holds prestigious conventions both in the United States and abroad, attracts a large following for psychological science research in the general public, works with policymakers to strengthen support for scientific psychology and promotes the application of research findings from the full range of areas within the field to improve health, education, productivity, and other areas of central importance to society.