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University of Wyoming Department of Psychology Professor Karen Bartsch has been named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for significant contributions to the field of cognitive development.
According to the APS announcement, "Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service or application."
The selection committee cited Bartsch for her contributions in the areas of social cognition, moral development and theory of mind.
Her publications include a highly cited, ground-breaking book, "Children Talk About the Mind" (Oxford University Press, 1995), which she co-wrote with Henry Wellman. The work demonstrated that children undergo a qualitative change in their understanding of mental states, from a "desire" theory of mind to a "belief-desire" theory of mind.
Other publications by Bartsch appear in top journals in the field of psychology, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Bartsch recently received a National Science Foundation grant to support her research on children's developing capacity to consider the beliefs and desires of people they wish to persuade.
Bartsch joined the UW faculty in 1992. She received a bachelor's degree (1981) from Colorado State University, bachelor's (1983) and master's (1990) degrees from Queen's College, Oxford, and a doctorate (1988) from the University of Michigan.
Previously known as the American Psychological Society, the APS was founded in 1988 by a group of psychologists interested in advancing scientific psychology and its representation as a science at the national level. APS has approximately 23,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers and administrators.