College of Liberal Arts

UT Austin Psychologist Recognized Nationally for Distinguished Contributions

Thu, Jul 16, 2015
Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognition, Culture and Development Lab.
Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognition, Culture and Development Lab.

The University of Texas at Austin associate professor of psychology Cristine Legare will receive the American Psychological Association's 2016 Boyd McCandless Award for her significant and continued contributions to the field of developmental psychology.

As the 2016 recipient, Legare has been invited to address the APA at next year's annual meeting.

The Boyd McCandless Award is given annually to a scientist who continually makes distinguished theoretical contributions to developmental psychology, programmatic research of distinction or distinguished contributions to the dissemination of developmental science.

Dr. Legare’s research examines the evolution and development of cognition and culture. She studies the interplay of the universal human mind and the variations of culture to better understand cognitive and cultural evolution. Earlier this year, she was also recognized with the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. 

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