2016 Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award Winner
Dr. Penny Pexman
Dr. Penny Pexman is an exceptional candidate for the Richard Tees Distinguished Leadership Award

Contribution to Canadian Journals of Psychology

Dr. Pexman is the chief editor of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology since 2013 and her mandate was extended until 2018. In addition, she is a member of the CPA Publication committee. The committee will also notice that Dr. Pexman is very active outside Canada. For instance, the nominee has been guest editor twice for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, is a member of the editorial board of Psychonomic Bulletin and Review and has been a member of the APA working group on the Publication Manual (6th Edition). To this enormous contribution, we must add all journals for which she regularly reviews articles.

Promotion of interaction between the CSBBCS and other psychology organizations and direct service to the latter organizations

First of all, Dr. Pexman has been president of CSBBCS (2013-2014). Dr. Pexman was also a member of the organizing committee of CSBBCS annual meeting in Calgary. With CPA, as mentioned above, she is a member of the publication committee. The nominee is also a founding member of the Canadian chapter of Women in Cognitive Science. Dr. Pexman has been able to secure funding from NSERC for launching the Canadian chapter and is very actively involved in its development.

Advancement of research and scholarship by involvement with granting agencies that fund research concerning brain, behavior, and cognition

Once more, the contribution of Dr. Pexman is absolutely remarkable. The nominee has been a member for 3 years of NSERC grant selection committee Biological Systems and Functions and then co-chair of the committee for one year. In addition, Dr. Pexman has been a member of the Health Solutions Health Trainee Advisory Committee of Alberta Innovates and since 2003, she is a member of the Alberta Heritage Graduate Scholarships Committee.

Promotion of scientific and administrative collaborations that advance the causes of the scientific study of brain, behavior, and cognition

At her own institution, the various administrative positions held by Dr. Pexman allowed her to advance the causes of the scientific study of brain, behaviour and cognition. Those positions include being Associate Dean Research and Graduate of the Faculty of Arts, and Director of the Graduate Programs in Psychology. Outside her university, the work of the nominee with APA for the 6th edition of the publication manual and all her efforts to create a Canadian chapter of Women in Cognitive Science are also good evidences of her work in this field. Finally, all her work with CSBBCS, CJEP, and NSERC was always done to promote our science.

Contributions to the training of students and technical staff in psychology both at one's own institution and nation-wide

Dr. Pexman made a major contribution to training the next generation of leading researchers. The contribution of the nominee is evidenced by the University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies GREAT Supervisory Award she received in 2015 and the University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies Outstanding Achievement in Supervision Award she received in 2003 and again in 2010. This award was very well deserved considering the large number of students she very well supervised or co- supervised. In effect, the quality of her training is shown by the fact that her students are first author on 35 articles and students are almost always co-author on her publications. Dr. Pexman is also very active both in her department as a member of numerous supervisory committee and outside her institution as an external examiner.

Advancement of research and scholarship by means of basic and applied scientific contributions to the discipline

The scientific contribution of Dr. Pexman is exceptional. I don’t want to reiterate all the factual information presented in her curriculum vitae. For sure, 82 articles in leading journals, 7 books, and 6 book chapters for a researcher who obtained her Ph.D. in 1998 is by itself impressive. Her citation record of 1347 citations and her H index of 22 are also impressive. Those numbers are even more impressive when considering they were taken in Web of Science in March 2016 which provides more conservative estimates than Google Scholar. Her outstanding contribution has also been acknowledged by NSERC which gave her in 2008 a Discovery Accelerator Supplement which is given by NSERC to “a small group of outstanding researchers who have a well-established research program, and who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research”. The promise was fulfilled and Dr. Pexman is now clearly an international leader.

In summary, Dr. Pexman excels in all criteria for the award and as such is an ideal and obvious candidate for the Tee’s Distinguished Leadership Award

2017 Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award Winner
Dr. Colin MacLeod
Colin MacLeod TeesIt is our sincere pleasure to nominate Colin MacLeod for the CSBBCS Tees Leadership Award.

Colin has made significant contributions at many levels to Canadian Psychology over his 38 years of service (25 years at the University of Toronto and his 13 years at the University of Waterloo). Colin has been a constant presence in CSBBCS from the beginning, serving as President (2009-2010) and also on various other committees throughout the years. In recognition of his career contributions to the advancements of Psychology, he received the CSBBCS Hebb Award (2010), and the CPA Hebb Award (2012). In addition, just this past year he was given the significant honour of being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Colin has served as Editor of CJEP (1992-1997) and has been an active member of the editorial board ever since (1997-present). He has also served as Editor of Memory & Cognition (2001-2005) and has been a member of the editorial boards of many of the top journals in our field (e.g., Psychological Review, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition). He has remained closely connected to CPA throughout his career and has worked diligently to keep CPA and CSBBCS working together for common causes. The same is true elsewhere in the world, as his membership on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society (2010-2015) attests. Colin has also served on the NSERC grant panel (1997-2000), including as Chair of the panel (1999-2000), and has been involved in NSERC’s restructuring exercises.

Colin has supervised 17 PhD students, many of whom hold academic positions in Canada (Memorial, Queen’s, Western) and in the United States (Lehigh, Maryland, Nebraska, SUNY) and others of whom hold prestigious non-academic research positions (Defense Research and Development Canada, IBM). His students have always been a presence at the annual CSBBCS meeting.

Colin has also been a leader at his institutions. He has served as Chair of the Division of Life Sciences (Psychology and Biology) (1994-1998) and as Vice Principal and Vice Dean (1998-2000) at U of T Scarborough. At Waterloo, he has served as Chair of Psychology (2012-2015, 2016-present), and will continue in this position through 2018. He has also contributed to clinical psychology in North America through his service on the Exam Committee of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) -- the body responsible for the clinical licensure exam (2012-2016, just reappointed for 2016-2020).


In summary, we think Colin easily fulfills all of the criteria for the Tees Leadership Award, and we nominate him with maximal enthusiasm! 

2012 Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award Winner
Dr. Raymond Klein

Dr. Raymond KleinWhen I applied to graduate school (circa 1969), my letter of introduction included the naively hopeful statement that "I am interested in learning about how the mind works". Who better to learn this from than Michael Posner under whose supervision I completed MA and PhD degrees in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oregon. After graduating from Oregon in 1974 I joined the Department of Psychology (recently renamed Psychology and Neuroscience) at Dalhousie University where I have spent my entire academic and scientific career. Today I consider myself a neo-Hebbian cognitive scientist with a penchant for interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at the same question, but with some maturity, I would insert the word, "more" after "learning," and would add, at the end, "and how it is implemented by the brain."

I was recently asked to generate a short version of a longer citation (for my induction as a fellow of the Royal Society) that was based on materials –focussing on my scientific contributions– that were graciously submitted by my nominators. Because the activities are so important to me, I suggested that this short citation say: "...dedicated advocate, collaborator and mentor."

Many of my advocacy activities have been aimed at advancing our discipline. I served on NSERC's Psychology GSC in the 1980s; as associate editor of JEP:HPP in the early 2000s; and as a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including (almost continuously since 1984) the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. During my first 10 or so years as a Canadian academic, I regularly attended the annual meetings of the Canadian Psychological Association. This was a great way, then, for me to meet my Canadian colleagues. After the elimination of the Experimental Division of CPA, and in an effort to provide a mechanism for cognitive scientists to continue to participate in the Canadian Psychological Association, I founded, and chaired in 1989-90, a new section of the Association: Perception, Learning & Cognition. Then, to provide better forum for Canadian psychology as a natural science and an organization that would represent the interests of scientists who would look to the (then) Psychology Grant Selection Committee of NSERC for support, I helped form, with Mel Goodale and others, our society (the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science). I was a member of the executive committee of BBCS from its formation in 1990 until 1995 and spent one of these years as our organization's president. Now it is through attendance at the annual meetings of BBCS that we get to know each other.

In 1986 I became my department's graduate coordinator and served in this role (overseeing new graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and in Psychology/Neuroscience) for over 20 years. When, circa 2000, I chaired a Senate Committe to review our Faculty of Graduate Studies, I noted that "quality graduate programmes are the linchpin of Dalhousie's current reputation as a first rate university, and of our continued success as a research engine for Atlantic Canada" a characterization that applies to all of Canada's full-service Universities. Four years ago I agreed to serve as chair of the Dalhousie Department. I didn't say "yes" to being Chair because I wanted this role, but –and I am surprised to report this– I am quite enjoying the responsibilities and challenges and have signed on for a second term. As chair I participate in COGDOP (Chairs of Graduate Departments of Psychology) and CCDP (Canadian Chairs of Departments of Psychology). In this latter capacity I drafted, with Betty Ann Levy and Jean Saint-Aubin a letter to NSERC pointing out serious concerns with some of the Discovery Grant decision-making policies related to HQP. The problems we identified remain serious and not at all specific to our discipline. The industry-focussed mind-set of the current federal government is posing a much more serious hazard for the future of basic research in Canada and, unfortunately, for the independence and integrity of Canada's universities.

While I can carry on research independently, I derive the greatest enjoyment from collaborative research with trainees and colleagues. With my trainees we are usually (but not always) staying within a discipline or project area. When I collaborate with colleagues it is often because of my interest in bringing some new methodology to bear on questions that interest me; or vice versa. Some of my collaborations have been with Doug Munoz and his laboratory at Queens (on the selection of objects by the primate oculomotor system), with Thomas Trappenberg and his computer science students at Dalhousie (on learning about eye movements and attention through computationally explicit models whose pseudo-neurons represent real ones), with Gail Eskes (on understanding disorders of attention and trying to remediate them), with Jean Saint-Aubin and his trainees at the Université de Moncton (on learning about reading through a dual-task methodology), with the Bank of Canada (on the perception and detection of counterfeit banknotes). Some of my basic research interests and skills have implications for real-world problems, and I have applied them to such topics as man-machine interface design, distracted driving, problem gambling, cognitive rehabilitation, currency design, eye witness testimony and environment & sustainability.

My laboratory provides an ideal setting for young scientists to learn about the methods of cognitive science (e.g. mental chronometry, dual task, experimental design, etc.) and a neo-Hebbian desire to understand how mind is implemented by the brain using a variety of cognitive neuroscientific methods. Reflecting my dedication & contributions to graduate training, I was the 1st recipient of Dalhousie’s Distinguished Contribution to Graduate Studies Award(in 2000) and the 2009 winner of Dalhousie's Outstanding Graduate Advisor award. I am fortunate to have attracted some outstanding trainees to my laboratory and for the exciting intellectual atmosphere in, and great productivity of, my laboratory I am grateful for their scholarship, intelligence, dedication and enthusiasm.

2014 Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award Winner
Dr. Peter Graf

Peter GrafDr. Peter Graf more than fulfills the criteria for the Richard Tees Distinguished Leadership Award.

Peter's dedication to CSBBCS is unquestionable. He has been a leader in the society for a very long time and has held the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the executive committee since 2005. In that position he has kept the continuity of the organization and mentored new executive officers in their positions. He has been instrumental in moving the society to take a more active role in advocacy by responding to research funding and other science-related issues that arise in Canada. All of that is not to mention the numerous behind-the-scenes duties of the Secretary/ Treasurer of a large national organization which he seems to handle with ease.

Peter has not limited his work with scholarly organizations to CSBBCS. Concurrent with his work on the executive of CSBBCS, he served on the board of directors for the Canadian Psychological Association and was elected president of that organization. He can be credited with the re-establishment of a seat on the CPA board for a member of CSBBCS and increasing the ties between the two organizations for the betterment of psychology in Canada as a whole. This rapprochement can only serve to strengthen all areas of psychology in Canada.

Peter is one of the most influential researchers in memory in the world. His career has been characterized by transformative ideas followed by very careful exploration of an area. He always seems to be in the forefront of field. His work has had a tremendous impact on research and theory in memory. For example, his ground-breaking paper on implicit and explicit memory for new associations in normal and amnesic subjects (co-authored with Daniel Schacter) has been cited over 1,000 times. More recently, he has shown himself to be a leader in the study of prospective memory. From 1995 to 2013 his work has been cited, on average, over 500 times a year. His scholarly accomplishments have been recognized by his election as fellow of APA, APS, and CPA.

Although Peter's contributions to basic research in memory are widely known and admired, perhaps less known (at least for now, I think that will change soon) is his work applying his knowledge of memory and cognition to obsessive-compulsive disorder, cognitive training in older adults, and to solving usability problems of technology for older adults. This application of basic research to solving real problems in society demonstrates the generality of his research and the creativity of his thinking.

In summary, Peter is a remarkable leader, an exceptional researcher and, due to his extraordinary leadership and service to the BBCS community is most worthy of the Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award.

2011 Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award Winner
Dr. Julien Doyon

Dr. Julien DoyonDr. Doyon has, for many years, worked relentlessly to advance scientific psychology in Canada and most particularly the field of neuroimaging. Julien was one of the original applicants for a CFI grant that enabled the purchase of an MRI scanner, along with other imaging technologies at Université de Montreal. Since, Julien has been a major force in creating and administering the imaging facility. Julien’s work lead to the creation of the Unite de Neuroimagerie Fonctionelle (UNF) at Université de Montreal, a 3T Siemens scanner. Julien has continued to serve and lead the scientific community by acting as Scientific Director of this facility. He was also pivotal in the creation of the MEG laboratory at Université de Montreal. This facility is based on the first 275 channel whole-head magnetometer put in place in Canada and is still, to this day, the only operational MEG laboratory in Quebec. As Scientific Director of the UNF, Julien has also been a leader in the creation of an international laboratory for neuroimaging, in collaboration with colleagues in Paris. He has led the development of fMRI and other types of cerebral imaging through the organization of training workshops, scientific meetings, and the creation of scientific networks promoting scientific exchange and knowledge transfer. The most recent such network is the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network, funded by the Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ). This networking grant, under the direction of Julien, has provided funding for several neuroimaging pilot projects, specialized workshops, and training opportunities for students. Julien’s leadership in these networking initiatives benefits all neuroimaging scientists in Quebec. Julien has recently been selected to be the local organizer of the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (HBM), which will be held in Quebec City in 2011. It is clear that Julien’s leadership has had, and continues to have, a major impact on the development of neuroimaging in Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.

Through his sustained work in the creation of neuroimaging infrastructure, student training, scientific output, and knowledge transfer, involvement in scientific societies such as BBCS, OHBM, and others, Julien has been the very embodiment of the leadership qualities exhibited by Richard Tees, who led by example in all spheres of our discipline.

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