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Jul 31, 2020

James T. Townsend Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Rudy Professor Emeritus James T. Townsend Wins the Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2020).

MATHPSYCH.ORG — Rudy Professor Emeritus James T. Townsend was presented with the prestigious Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2020) on July 31, 2020, for his lifetime contributions to the field of mathematical psychology. Professor Townsend won the prize for his contributions in the mathematical modeling of psychological phenomena, the mentorship of students, faculty, and others, with a particular focus on advancing the field of mathematical psychology, and for his service that has advanced the field of mathematical psychology.

An extract from the nomination letter reads: "Jim has been a towering figure in SMP for more than half a century. He has served as President of the Society, the Editor of the Society’s journal (Journal of Mathematical Psychology), and he has organized the yearly SMP conference. He has also mentored many of SMP's prominent members, and he has been an outstanding ambassador for the field within the larger domains of psychology and cognitive science. There is absolutely no one more deserving of this award than Jim."

Professor Townsend earned his PhD under the supervision of Richard Atkinson at the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences at Stanford University. In 1966, Professor Townsend joined the faculty at the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and in 1968 he moved to Purdue University where he received tenure in 1971 and became a full professor in 1977. During that period, Professor Townsend was a visiting associate professor/scholar/professor at Rockefeller University (1972-1973), the Institut für Psychologie at the Technische Universität, Braunschweig, the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (1982), and the Department of Psychology at Stanford University (1986). In 1989, he became a Rudy Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University. Townsend was named Distinguished Professor in 2008.

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Dr. James T. Townsend

About the Society for Mathematical Psychology

The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The official journals of the society are Journal of Mathematical Psychology and Computational Brain & Behavior.

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