News Release

7 honored with SIOP Distinguished Awards

Grant and Award Announcement

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Every year the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the SIOP Foundation present numerous awards recognizing excellence in professional and student work. For 2021, seven SIOP members were honored with distinguished awards.

SIOP Distinguished Awards are given in recognition of either a lifetime of outstanding contributions or distinguished early career contributions to the practice or science of industrial and organizational psychology; sustained, significant, and outstanding service to SIOP; a sustained record of excellence in the teaching of I-O psychology; and sustained, significant, and outstanding humanitarian contributions related to I-O psychology.

Douglas H. Reynolds, DDI, Distinguished Professional Contributions Award

Dr. Doug Reynolds, whose technology-driven assessment work has helped fill critical leadership roles across industries, exemplifies the scientist-practitioner ideal. He has published and presented widely on cutting-edge assessment techniques and has provided impactful service to the profession through SIOP leadership roles and his support of graduate students and early-career professionals.

Herman Aguinis, George Washington University, Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Dr. Herman Aguinis' theoretical and empirical innovativeness can be seen in many important areas, including corporate social responsibility, star performers and the distribution of performance, test bias and fairness, methodological best-practice recommendations, and state-of-the-science contributions. His 180 journal articles and nine books have changed the conversation in many I-O psychology domains.

Deirdre J. Knapp, HumRRO, Distinguished Service Contributions Award

Dr. Deirdre J. Knapp has provided distinguished service to SIOP and the profession, exhibiting leadership and initiative in advancing four major areas: governance, advocacy, ethics, and elevating the influence of I-O psychology. Through years of dedicated mentoring, she has also helped other I-Os achieve roles of leadership and service.

Kristin L. Cullen-Lester, University of Mississippi, Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Practice

Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester has crafted a career that allows her to advance scientific thinking and affords her opportunities to impact practice directly. Highlights of her career include pioneering a network-based leadership development practice, co-creating the Leader Network Diagnostic tool and certification, and educating managers and practitioners about the power of networks.

Allison S. Gabriel, University of Arizona, Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Science

Dr. Allison Gabriel's research has made important contributions to the understanding of emotions and employee well-being, in addition to making contributions specific to the advancement of research methods. She has published an average seven journal articles each year, received numerous grants and awards, and been featured in prominent popular press.

David Costanza, George Washington University, Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award

Dr. David Costanza's deep passion for teaching, which emphasizes relevance and applicability, can be seen in the creation of a new undergraduate major at The George Washington University, in his development and management of an intense study abroad course, and the impact he has had on students at all levels.

Stuart Carr, Massey University, SIOP Humanitarian Award

Dr. Stuart Carr, co-founder of Humanitarian Work Psychology, made significant contributions to the I-O field through his theories and publications. A SIOP, Royal Society of New Zealand, and New Zealand Psychological Society Fellow, he has been an invited speaker at the United Nations and worked tirelessly on living wage projects.

SIOP's distinguished award recipients were honored during the opening plenary of the 36th SIOP Annual Conference, held virtually April 14-17.


A complete list of 2021 award winners is available at

About SIOP

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an international professional organization with an annual membership of nearly 10,000 industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists. SIOP's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of I-O psychology.

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