13th February 2013

Sheffield Professor of Psychology wins prestigious biennial mid-career prize

Professor Richard CrispRichard Crisp, Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the 2013 British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Mid-Career Prize.

The Prize is awarded every two years 'in recognition of outstanding research in social psychology by a mid-career scholar'.

Professor Crisp is a world-leading psychological scientist with a wide range of expertise in quantitative and experimental approaches to the study of social behaviour. His scholarly contributions demonstrate a passion for applying cutting-edge advances in psychological science to pervasive and problematic social issues. He is known for developing a ground-breaking approach to reducing prejudice based on a novel application of mental imagery techniques. More recently, his work has highlighted the benefits of living in a diverse, multicultural society - such as enhanced creativity and capacity for "flexible thinking".

He is past winner of the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for published psychological research and has been recognised with election to Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society was formed in 1901 and has more than 45,000 members. Through its Royal Charter, the Society is charged with overseeing psychology and psychologists. It has responsibility for the development, promotion and application of pure and applied psychology for the public good.