The Outstanding International Psychologist Award is given by American Psychological Association to a psychologist from outside the United States and gives recognition to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to international psychology through significant research, teaching, advocacy and contributions to international organizations.
Asked what the award means to him, Jaan Valsiner answers:
- It is of course a pleasant news. And I think it fits - I have been working on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to internationalize psychology. But of course, it comes as something extra to my usual work which moves ahead. I feel honored but the real work is not affected by it.
Jaan Valsiner was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1951. He came to Denmark as the Niels Bohr Professor at the Centre for Cultural Psychology. Valsiner is one of the founders of contemporary cultural psychology, having established the journal, Culture & Psychology in 1995. The same year he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in Germany for his interdisciplinary work on human development. In 2017 he won the Hans-Kilian-Award.