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Psychology professor’s ‘inspirational’ work recognised with Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Prof Jane Oakhill

Professor of Experimental Psychology, Jane Oakhill, has received the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Text and Discourse.

The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award is the most prestigious award of the Society - an international group of researchers who investigate aspects of discourse processing and text analysis.

Professor Oakhill said: “I’m very happy to receive this award from a society I admire. It is a wonderful acknowledgment primarily of my work on reading comprehension, which has spanned many years. 

“Of course, I could not have completed the body of work alone: the award also reflects the input of the colleagues and collaborators with whom I have worked, and I thank them profoundly for their contributions.”

Congratulating Professor Oakhill on her award, the Chair of the award committee, Dr Joe Magliano, said: “The entire scientific community associated with the Society is indebted to you for your contributions as a scholar, leader, and friend to many. You are in the good company of the scientists who shaped the field during its early years and beyond.

“I can say personally that your body of work has been inspirational to me. You have been able to make substantial contributions at a broad range of psychological phenomenon and across developmental trajectories. There is amazing depth and breadth to your contributions.”

As the winner of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Professor Oakhill will provide a keynote lecture at the Society’s annual meeting in New York in July this year.

By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Monday, 4 February 2019