Larry Hedges Receives Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement

Larry Hedges Receives Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement

Larry Hedges

Professor Larry Hedges recently received the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. The Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research recognizes “distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology.”

Hedges is the Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy at Northwestern University. A national leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Hedges is one of eight Board of Trustees Professors at Northwestern, the university’s most distinguished academic position. He holds appointments in statistics, psychology and education and social policy and is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research.

The Sells Award was announced at the annual meeting of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology on October 11. As the 2014 winner of the Sells Award, Hedges has been invited to deliver an address at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society.

Hedges's research straddles many fields — in particular those of sociology, psychology and educational policy. He is best known for his work to develop statistical methods for meta-analysis, a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings, in the social, medical and biological sciences.

Hedges has co-authored eight books, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis and The Handbook of Research Synthesis. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Last year he was named Statistician of the Year by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association.

The Society began 40 years ago to promote the development of psychological theory and empirical findings through the use of multivariate models and measurement. The Society’s journal is Multivariate Behavioral Research.

Professor Thomas Cook, also a SESP faculty member, won the Sells Award in 2008. The Sells Award is named for Saul B. Sells, a founder and an early president of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 10/22/14