CLEMSON — Clemson University psychology professor June J. Pilcher has been named a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Fellow status is awarded to association members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application.

“The APS is one of the most prominent scientific societies for research psychologists. Being recognized as an APS Fellow is a great honor. It is also an outstanding accomplishment for our department and for Clemson. This type of recognition from outside of our university is an indication of how our research effort at Clemson is growing and contributing to the state of the science,”  Pilcher said.

Pilcher researches stress and fatigue and studies how sleep deprivation, shift work and daytime sleepiness affect human performance and well-being in the work place, as well as how these factors affect college students. Her research has been funded by external agencies — Federal Railroad Administration and the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland — continuously since 1997.  One goal of her research is to educate workers and students about the effect of sleep habits and choices on daily functioning. Another goal of her research is to develop strategies for business and industry settings that will recognize and help decrease fatigue and stress in workers and help improve performance.

“There are several reasons why Dr. Pilcher is very deserving of this recognition,” said Pat Raymark, chairman of the psychology department. “Not only does Dr. Pilcher have a longstanding, nationally recognized research program in stress and fatigue, but she also has received several awards for her efforts in educating and mentoring undergraduate students. In short, Dr. Pilcher can be considered an exemplar of what it means to be a well-rounded academic psychologist.”

Pilcher earned her Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1989. She came to Clemson in 2001 after nine years on the faculty at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and three years as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. She was named an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Clemson in 2009, received the Douglas W. Bradbury Award for work with the Calhoun Honors College and students in 2009, and last year received the Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry.

The Association for Psychological Science (formerly the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. It has approximately 20,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers and administrators.


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