December 9, 2008
For immediate release
Professor Richard E. Mayer of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School and the Department of Psychology has been presented with two prestigious awards from the American Psychological Association. Mayer was presented the 2008 Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training. Mayer also received a 2008 Presidential Citation in recognition of his leadership in the field of educational and cognitive psychology.
According to the APA’s Monitor on Psychology website, Mayer says his research hasn’t veered too far from one of the first topics he studied as an experimental psychology doctoral student: how people learn and the best ways to teach them. The overarching themes of Mayer’s research are examining instructional methods that promote problem-solving transfer, and more recently, how to design multimedia learning environments that help people understand mathematical and scientific material. He received the award for his pioneering research including the use of multimedia learning in real-world settings.
Mayer is acknowledged as the most published educational psychologist in the field’s five leading journals. For that accomplishment, he was ranked as the discipline’s most productive educational psychologist from 1991 to 2001 by Contemporary Educational Psychology.
Presidential Citation recipients are selected each year by the APA president and are generally awarded the citation in recognition of contributions to the science and practice of psychology, efforts to improve and expand mental health services, and efforts to promote human welfare.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students.
[Richard Mayer is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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