Two Faculty of Health professors earn SAGE Young Scholars Award

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Two early career researchers in York University’s Faculty of Health have been recognized for their outstanding achievements with SAGE Young Scholar Awards, presented by SAGE Publications and the Foundation for Personality & Social Psychology.

Joey Cheng image: Patricia DeVoe
Joey Cheng
Amy Muise

Joey Cheng and Amy Muise have been recognized as two of the eight 2020 recipients. The awards recognize outstanding young researchers in personality and social psychology and include a one-time grant of $5,000 to be used at their discretion for research, study or conference travel-related purposes. Recipients also earn a complimentary one-year membership to the Society for Personality & Social Psychology.

Cheng is an assistant professor of psychology at York University, interested in the dynamics of competition and co-operation, particularly the psychological and biological mechanisms that operate when we compete with one another, and how we manage to successfully co-ordinate and orchestrate collective actions. She joined the Faculty of Health earlier this year.

Muise is an assistant professor of psychology and York Research Chair in Relationships and Sexuality at York University. Her research applies theories from social psychology and relationship science to understand how couples can maintain satisfying sexual and romantic relationships over time and navigate conflicts of interest with greater success. She joined the Faculty of Health in 2016.

The awards are intended to provide these scholars with funds that can be flexibly applied in extending their work in new and exciting directions. Because these awards are highly sought after, receiving a SAGE Young Scholar Award is recognition of both accomplishment and potential.

To be considered for the award, candidates must be between three and seven years into their first academic faculty position (but not including postdoctoral training) by October of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology (broadly defined), conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include innovation, creativity and potential to make a significant impact on the field.