What stood out in Overmier’s nomination was the number
of students he has mentored and his commitment to lifelong
mentorship, says Ullman.
“What was particularly noteworthy was the way he kept
up with mentoring his students as they moved through their
professional careers,” she says.
Now retired, Overmier spent his teaching career
emphasizing the importance of the scientific method. To
underline psychology’s role as a science, he says, he would
explain to students what makes science science, how science
proceeds via the testing of hypotheses and how basic science
builds into applied science. Another message? The excitement
of scientific discovery.
Overmier will use his share of the award money to support
his own and students’ research and to advocate on behalf of
McArdle’s award recognizes his status as a role model for
psychology students, says Ullman.
“He’s just an outstanding quantitative psychologist,” she
says. “He’s an incredibly strong scholar himself in structural
equation modeling and longitudinal methods.” In addition to
recognizing McArdle’s own scholarly contributions, the award
celebrates his role in training the next generation of quantitative
McArdle plans to use his share of the award money to
purchase a new computer to help with his research on cognitive
decline in older adults.
For more information about the award, which is one of three
graduate and postgraduate awards BEA gives out, visit www.
Rebecca A. Clay is a journalist in Washington, D.C.
Dr. J. Bruce Overmier
Dr. John McArdle