2020 Winner: Lifetime Career Award

Professor Elizabeth Loftus, University of Californa, Irvine

Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California – Irvine.   She holds faculty positions in two departments (Psychological Science; and Criminology, Law & Society) as well as the School of Law.

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Since then, she has published more than 20 books (including the award-winning Eyewitness Testimony) and over 600 scientific articles. Loftus’s research has focused on the malleability of human memory. She has been recognized for this research with 7 honorary doctorates and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.   She is past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.

“Not only is Dr. Loftus one of the leading and most influential psychologists in history, but her immense and continued contributions to our science and the public good, as well as her mentoring of countless emerging scientists globally, made her the choice for the International Union of Psychological Science’s Lifetime Career Award,” said Saths Cooper, chair of the IUPsyS Awards Committee. “She joins Albert Bandura (2012) and Peter J. Lang (2016) for her enduring contributions in advancing knowledge in psychological science.”