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Vlach to receive early career award from Society for Research in Child Development

February 13, 2017

UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach is receiving an Early Career Research Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

This prestigious honor is given to emerging scientists in the field of child development, as evidenced through research, publications and other scholarly activity.

Haley Vlach
Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and the director of the Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD) Lab. Her research interests are centered on young children's learning, including the study of memory, word learning, categorization, generalization/transfer of learning, and conceptual development. 

In particular, Vlach aims to connect traditional laboratory research on cognitive development with more applied settings, such as studies of effective interventions and educational curriculum.

"I am very excited to be receiving the SRCD Early Career Contribution Award,” says Vlach. “To be recognized by my peers for my research on children's cognitive development is a remarkable honor. It is truly humbling to be in the company of the exceptional scholars who have received the award over the years."

Vlach will be recognized on April 7 during the award ceremony at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas. An honorarium of $1,000 accompanies this award.

As a recipient of this award, Vlach will become part of SRCD's Oral History Project, which archives interviews with major figures in the fields of child development and child psychology, as well as other related fields.

According to the SRCD website: “As research in human development expands, the need for coordination and integration among the disciplines grows. The Society is constantly working to facilitate such coordination and integration and to assist in the dissemination of research findings. The Society welcomes the increasing interest in child development research and seeks members who share this interest.”