Dr. Steven Reznick, a Professor of Developmental Psychology, was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on November 20, 2015. He was nominated by Dr. Daniel Gitterman, a Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor and Chair of Public Policy.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most sought after and valued awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina and is presented to outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the State.
Dr. Reznick won for his scientific contributions and his demonstration of a lifetime of service to the State. Dr. Reznick’s primary scientific contributions have been in the domain of infant cognitive development, covering topics such as working memory, attention, and language development. He has also studied nutrition, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental challenges through his ongoing collaborations with colleagues at Carolina. He is the author or co-author of 6 books, 96 peer-reviewed published articles, and 26 published chapters.
Dr. Reznick’s national professional service has included founding the Cognitive Development Society, serving on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, and serving many administrative roles for the Society for Research in Child Development. His administrative service on campus has included serving as Director of the Program in Developmental Psychology, Associate Dean for First-Year Seminars and Academic Experiences, and the HHMI Science Seminar Coordinator. He has also served on many committees, including the Advisory Committees on Undergraduate Admissions, the Faculty Athletics Committee, the Enrollment Excellence Task Force, the Retention Task Force, the Ackland Museum Academic Advisory Board, the Transfer Student Success Committee, and the Faculty Board of the Royster Society of Fellows.
Dr. Reznick grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, received his B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill in 1973, his M.A. from Wake Forest University in 1975, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1982. Dr. Reznick was affiliated with the Harvard Infant Study and served on the faculty at Yale University before returning to Carolina in 1998 as a Professor of Psychology. He holds joint appointments at the Center for Developmental Science, the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
He was inducted by Chancellor Carol Folt and honored into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on November 20, 2015 in Graham Memorial Hall. Remarks were made by Karen Gil, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Guskiewicz, Incoming Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Daniel Gitterman, who nominated Dr. Reznick for his induction. Congratulations, Dr. Reznick!