Mary Helen Immordino-Yang named AERA Award winner

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD has been awarded the prestigious Early Career Award for 2014 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), it was announced today. The international organization will confer the award for excellence in education research at their annual meeting in Philadelphia on April 5.

Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, the Early Career Award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry. Dr. Immordino-Yang shares the award with Sara Goldrick-Rab of the University of Wisconsin.

“We are proud to honor the outstanding commitment and accomplishments of this year’s award winners,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “Through their scholarship and service to the field, they stand as exemplars to AERA’s 25,000 members and to all who are committed to the study and practice of education in the United States and elsewhere.”

An Assistant Professor of Education at the Rossier School, Dr. Immordino-Yang is an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for development and schools. In addition to her appointment in the Rossier School of Education, she is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program Faculty at the University of Southern California.

“Dr. Immordino-Yang’s work in the psychology of education and learning will have profound effects on how schools and teachers can adapt to benefit their diverse student populations,” said Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher.  “We congratulate Dr. Immordino-Yang on this important international recognition.”

Immordino-Yang was among an elite list of American scholars named by education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute in his 2014 Edu-Scholar rankings of those whose work has most influenced the national education discourse. She was also selected as the recipient of the 2013 American AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science and Technology.