Dr. Peter Lang, a graduate research professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology, has received the International Union of Psychological Science’s Lifetime Career Award. Dr. Lang will be recognized at the organization’s International Congress of Psychology meeting held next month in Yokohama, Japan.
[Photo: Dr. Peter Lang]
The award honors distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and advancement of knowledge in the field of psychological science. The award is also designed to bring the work of distinguished scientists to the attention of a broader audience and promote the contributions of psychology as a discipline focused on the public good.
A member of the UF faculty since 1981, Dr. Lang directs the Center for the Study of Emotion & Attention, which is dedicated to the scientific study of human emotion, highlighting emotion’s foundation on survival circuits in the mammalian brain, and its motivational significance for attentional engagement and response mobilization. The center’s research program includes an emphasis on translational studies, applying its basic science findings and methods to a search for biological markers of emotional dysfunction and improving and illuminating our understanding of anxiety and mood disorders.
Dr. Lang has received a number of awards for his professional contributions, including the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and multiple honorary doctoral degrees from institutions around the world.