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Subject Guide: Psychology: Award-winning Books

This is a guide to resources in psychology.

The PROSE awards
The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth. Click Professional Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers for more information about the sponsor of this award.

Psychology/Psychiatry/Cognitive Science/Applied Social Work

2022  Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing : AEDP 2.0, edited by Diana Fosha; Roma minority youth across cultural contexts : taking a positive approach to research, policy, and practice by Radosveta Dimitrova, David Lackland Sam, and Laura Ferrer Wreder
2021  The Wiley handbook of healthcare treatment engagement by Andrew Hadler, Stephen Sutton, and Lars Osterberg; Introduction to social neuroscience by Stephanie Cacioppo and John T. Cacioppo
2020  Clinical psychopharmacology : principles and practice by S. Nassir Ghaemi
2019  Living on death row : the psychology of waiting to die by Hans Toch, James P. Acker, & Vincent Martin Bonventre (psychology); The mind is flat : the remarkable shallowness of the improvising brain by Nick Chater (clinical psychology)
2018  The seven deadly sins of psychology : a manifesto for reforming the culture of scientific practice by Chris Chambers; Face value : the irresistible influence of first impressions by Alexander Todorov (honorable mention)
2016  The biology of desire : why addiction is not a disease by Marc Lewis, PhD; Madness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine by Andrew Scull (honorable mention); Modern families : parents and children in new family forms by Susan Golombok (honorable mention)
2015  How sexual desire works : the enigmatic urge by Frederick Toates; A metaphysics of psychopathology by Peter Zachar (honorable mention); Me, myself, and us : the science of personality and the art of well-being by Brian R. Little (honorable mention)
2012  Social perception and social reality : why accuracy dominates bias and self-fulfilling prophecy by Lee Jussim; Coming of age on Zoloft : how antidepressants cheered us up, let us down, and changed who we are by Katherine Sharpe (honorable mention)
2011  When Johnny and Jane come marching home : how all of us can help veterans by Paula J. Caplan; Rationality and the pursuit of happiness : the legacy of Albert Ellis by Michael Edwin Bernard (honorable mention); Redirect : the surprising new science of psychological change by Timothy D. Wilson (honorable mention)
2010  Police interrogations and false confessions : current research, practice, and policy recommendations, edited by Daniel Lassiter, PhD & Christian A. Meissner, PhD; 50 great myths of popular psychology : shattering widespread misconceptions about human behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, & Barry L. Beyerstein (honorable mention)
2009  Relational being : beyond self and community by Kenneth J. Gergen; Elephants on the edge : what animals teach us about humanity by G. A. Bradshaw (honorable mention)
2008  Happiness : unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth by Ed Diener & Robert Biswas-Diener; Poets on Prozac : mental illness, treatment, and the creative process by Richard M. Berlin, MD (honorable mention)
2007  The loss of sadness : how psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder by Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield
2006  The redemptive self : stories Americans live by by Dan P. McAdams; Comparative cognition : experimental explorations of animal intelligence by Edward A. Wasserman and Thomas R. Zentall (honorable mention)
2005  Sweet dreams : philosophical obstacles to a science of consciousness by Daniel C. Dennett
2004  Dr. Dolittle's delusion :  animals and the uniqueness of human language by Stephen R. Anderson; On apology by Aaron Lazarre (honorable mention)
2003  Seeing and visualizing : it's not what you think by Zenon Pylyshyn; Remembering trauma by Richard J. McNally (honorable mention)
2002  Wounds not healed by time : the power of repentance and forgiveness by Solomon Schimmel; Emotional intelligence : science and myth by Gerald Matthews, Moshe Zeidner, and Richard D. Roberts
2001  Educating intuition by Robin M. Hogarth
2000  How children learn the meanings of words by Paul Bloom; The relationship code : deciphering genetic and social influences on adolescent development by David Reiss ; with Jenae M. Neiderhiser, E. Mavis, Hetherington, Robert Plomin (honorable mention)
1999  The MIT encyclopedia of the cognitive sciences, edited by Robert A. Wilson and Frank C. Keil; Sex and cognition by Doreen Kimura (honorable mention)
1998  A guide to treatments that work, edited by Peter E. Nathan, Jack M. Gorman (3d ed. (2007) here)
1997  Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry, Joseph D. Noshpitz, editor-in-chief
1996  The anatomy of prejudices by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
1995  Memory in oral traditions : the cognitive psychology of epic, ballads, and counting-out rhymes by David C. Rubin
1994  The Jung cult : origins of a charismatic movement by Richard Noll
1993  The lenses of gender : transforming the debate on sexual inequality by Sandra Lipsitz Bem
1992  The apotheosis of Captain Cook : European mythmaking in the Pacific by Gananath Obeyesekere

These awards appear to be dormant. In the past, nominated books exemplified research on adolescence with implications for social policy. Click Society for Research on Adolescence for more information about the sponsor of this award.

Best edited book award
2016  Transitions : the development of children of immigrants, edited by Carola Suárez-Orozco, Mona M. Abo-Zena, and Amy K. Marks
2014  Societal contexts of child development : pathways of influence and implications for practice and policy, edited by Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Danielle A. Crosby
2010  Toward positive youth development : transforming schools and community programs, edited by Marybeth Shinn and Hirokazu Yoshikawa
2008  Social policy for children and families : a risk and resilience perspective, edited by Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser
2006  Handbook of youth mentoring, edited by David L. DuBois and Michael J. Karcher
2004  The world's youth : adolescence in eight regions of the globe, edited by B. Bradford Brown, Reed W. Larson, and T. S. Saraswathi
2002  The changing borders of juvenile justice : transfer of adolescents to the criminal court, edited by Jeffrey Fagan and Franklin Zimring; Youth on trial : a developmental perspective on juvenile justice, edited by Thomas Grisso and Robert Schwartz

Best authored book award
2016  Youth activism in an era of education inequality by Benjamin Kirshner
2014  Teenage citizens : the political theories of the young by Constance A. Flanagan
2012  Bridging multiple worlds : cultures, identities, and pathways to college by Catherine R. Cooper; After-school centers and youth development : case studies of success and failure by Barton J. Hirsch, Nancy L. Deutsch, and David L. DuBois
2010  Rethinking juvenile justice by Elizabeth Scott and Laurence Steinberg
2008  Destinies of the disadvantaged : the politics of teenage childbearing by Frank F. Furstenberg
2006  A place to call home : after-school programs for urban youth by Barton J. Hirsch
2004  Not by faith alone : religion, law, and adolescence by Roger J. R. Levesque
2002  Growing up fast : transitions to early adulthood of inner-city adolescent mothers by Bonnie Leadbeater and Niobe Way
1998  Kids having kids : economic costs and social consequences of teen pregnancy by Rebecca Maynard
1996  Transformations : migration, family life. and achievement motivation among Latino adolescents by Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco; Adolescence and delinquency : the collective management of reputation by Nicholas Emler and Stephen Reichler
1992  Framing dropouts : notes on the politics of an urban public high school by Michelle Fine
1990  Apprenticeship for adulthood : preparing youth for the future by Stephen F. Hamilton

William James Book Award
The William James Award is intended to honor and publicize a recent book published within the last 5 years that best serves to further the goals of the society by providing an outstanding example of an effort to bring together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines. This work must provide a coherent framework that stands as a creative synthesis of theory and fact from disparate areas and demonstrates an essential underlying set of themes that serve to unify or integrate the field. Click The Society for General Psychology for more information about the division of The American Psychological Association that sponsors this award.

2022  The power of us : harnessing our shared identities to improve performance, increase cooperation, and promote social harmony by Jay Van Bavel and Dominic J. Packer
2021  The tough standard : the hard truths about masculinity and violence by Ronald Levant, PhD, and Shana Pryor
2020  Biased : uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do by Jennifer Eberhardt
2019  Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny by Michael Tomasello
2018  Decolonizing psychology : globalization, social justice and Indian youth identities by Sunil Bhatia
2017  The psychology of passion : a dualistic model by Robert J. Vallerand
2016  Anxious : using the brain to understand and treat fear and anxiety by Joseph LeDoux; The developing genome : an introduction to behavioral epigenetics by David S. Moore
2015  Neurobiology and the development of human morality : evolution, culture and wisdom by Darcia Narvaez
2014  The rise of consciousness and the development of emotional life by Michael Lewis, PhD; Scarcity : why having too little means so much by Sendhil Mullainathan, PhD and Eldar Shafir, PhD; Recognition Award: On looking : eleven walks with expert eyes by Alexandra Horowitz, PhD.
2013  Born together--reared apart : the landmark Minnesota twin study by Nancy L. Segal
2012  The agile mind by Wilma Koutstaal; Science as psychology : sense-making and identity in science practice by Lisa Osbeck, Nancy Nersessian, Kareen Malone, & Wendy Newstetter
2011  How pleasure works : the new science of why we like what we like by Paul Bloom
2010  Fooling ourselves : self-deception in politics, religion, and terrorism by Harry C. Triandis
2009  The sexual paradox : men, women, and the real gender gap by Susan Pinker
2008  The Lucifer effect : understanding how good people turn evil by Philip Zimbardo; Recognition Award: Mistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
2007  The psychology of science and the origins of the scientific mind by Greogry J. Feist
2006  The redemptive self : stories Americans live by by Dan P. McAdams; School violence in context : culture, neighborhood, family, school, and gender by Rami Benbinashty & Ron Avi (honorable mention)
2005  The cultural nature of human development by Barbara Rogoff
2004  The geography of thought : how Asians and Westerners think differently-- and why by Richard Nisbett
2003  The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature by Stephen Pinker; The seven sins of memory : how the mind forgets and remembers by Daniel L. Schacter
2002  The cognitive neurosciences (2nd ed.) by Michael Gazzaniga (4th ed. (2009) here)
2001  The cultural origins of human cognition by Michael Tomasello
2000  The origins of genius : Darwinian perspectives on creativity by Dean Keith Simonton; Jeopardy in the courtroom : a scientific analysis of children's testimony by Steven Ceci & Maggie Bruck
1999  How the mind works by Steven Pinker; Believing in magic : the psychology of superstition by Stuart A. Vyse
1998  Practicing feminism : reconstructing psychotherapy by Jill G. Morawski
1997  Searching for memory : the brain, the mind, and the past by Daniel L. Schacter
1996  Will we be smart enough? by Earl Hunt; Memory in oral traditions : the cognitive psychology of epic, ballads, and counting-out rhymes by David C. Rubin
1995  Images of mind by Michael Posner and Marcus E. Raichle
1994  The language instinct by Steven Pinker
1993  The psychology of judgment and decision making by Scott Plous
1992  The science of words by George A. Miller
1991  Schizophrenia genesis : the origins of madness by Irving Gottesman
1990  Rational choice in an uncertain world by Robyn Dawes
1989  Notebooks of the mind : explorations of thinking by Vera John-Steiner
1988  The nature of the child by Jerome Kagan
1987  The mind's new science : a history of the cognitive revolution by Howard E. Gardner
1986  Mind and body by George Mandler