Segerstrom's selection as the winner of the Templeton
Prize is a wonderful tribute to the influence of her
research on the field of positive psychology and is
an indication of her growing stature as one of the
leading scholars in this area."
Mike Nietzel, UK's acting provost
28, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Suzanne
C. Segerstrom, assistant professor of psychology at
the University of Kentucky, is the first place winner
of the 2002 Templeton Positive Psychology Prize. Segerstrom
received psychology's largest monetary prize for her
research showing the health benefits of optimism.
The $100,000 award is divided as a cash prize of $30,000
to be used any way Segerstrom chooses and a grant
of $70,000 to support her research in the positive
selection as the winner of the Templeton Prize is
a wonderful tribute to the influence of her research
on the field of positive psychology and is an indication
of her growing stature as one of the leading scholars
in this area," said Mike Nietzel, UK's acting provost.
said Segerstrom's study of the beneficial effects
of optimism on physical health has attracted considerable
attention in several fields and is breaking new ground
in our understanding of how psychological factors
promote or impair health.
the dual selection of another UK professor, Don Lynam,
as a winner of one of the American Psychological Association's
awards for distinguished scientific contributions
coupled with Segerstrom's Templeton Prize in the same
year represents an outstanding level of achievement
for the UK Department of Psychology.
are highly coveted awards in psychology and to have
UK faculty selected for both of them brings a wonderful
level of recognition to the University," Nietzel said.
their third year, the Templeton prizes encourage first-rate
mid-career scientists to devote their best efforts
to positive psychology topics. The prize is open to
researchers from any country in all the social sciences,
not just psychology.