Dr. Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Ph.D. Professional Achievement Award 2017

Alexander T VazsonyiIn 1993, Dr. Alexander T. Vazsonyi received his M.S in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona and in 1995 was one of the first graduates from the Ph.D. program with a concentration in Family Studies and Human Development.

Since earning his Ph.D., Dr. Vazsonyi has gone on to have a distinguished academic career, and is now regarded as one of the leading scholars in the studies of child and adolescent development. Before his current appointment at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Vazsonyi spent 15 years in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. His research has included socialization processes ranging from family contextual experiences to larger cultural processes in understanding variability in adolescent development and adjustment.

Alex has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, conference proceedings, editorials and technical reports. He has served as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Early Adolescence since 2002 and serves on a number of national and international review panels, both for grant reviews as well as professional conferences.

In addition to classroom teaching, Dr. Vazsonyi identifies mentoring both undergraduates and particularly graduate students as one of the most important and rewarding things he does. Over the past decade, he has chaired eight Ph.D. students, many of which hold postdocs or tenure-track positions at major universities as well as over a dozen M.S. students.

Because of his outstanding scientific contributions, Dr. Vazsonyi was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Slovenia in 2004. The Fulbright program is the most prestigious program of the U.S. government to promote international research, teaching and understanding. In 2010, Alex was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth, and Family at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He has won numerous awards and often is invited to speak at national and international conferences. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vazsonyi was honored by the Norton School and CALS with the 2008 Outstanding Achiever Award.

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