Lauren Richmond, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, has been awarded the J. Don Read Early Career Award by the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), which recognizes the outstanding contributions of emerging scholars in the area of applied memory and cognition.
According to the Awards Committee, Richmond’s work “bridges the gap between experimental lab-based research and naturalistic paradigms” and her focus on “cognitive training interventions and … potential transfer benefits in various domains of cognition in different age groups shows how well her profile fits with the vision of the Society.”
“I am honored to have been chosen as the 2023 recipient of the J. Don Read Early Career Award,” Richmond said. “As an early career scholar, it is very meaningful to have my work recognized by the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.”
An expert on memory function, Richmond’s current research in Stony Brook University’s Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab is focused on cognitive aging, executive functioning, everyday cognition and intervention with a particular emphasis on identifying and developing ways to improve daily life for older adults. The methods include behavioral and neuropsychological testing, magnetic resonance imaging, non-invasive brain stimulation and eye tracking.
“The Department of Psychology is so proud of Lauren on her receipt of this highly competitive award,” said Joanne Davila, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. “We are extremely fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty.”
Prior to joining Stony Brook, Richmond held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at Washington University in St. Louis and received her PhD from Temple University. Named a 2019 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, she has published 16 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has received grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Richmond will deliver a keynote talk at the SARMAC XIV conference in Nagoya, Japan, in August 2023, at which SARMAC will formally acknowledge her achievements during the opening ceremony.
The J. Don Read Early Career Award was established in 2015 to recognize the outstanding contributions of emerging scholars, less than 10 years post-PhD, in the area of applied memory and cognition. The award was named in honor of J. Don Read who was a founding member of SARMAC, the organizer of its first conference in 1995, and a long-serving member of the Governing Board.