Jennifer Silvers, assistant professor of psychology at UCLA, received the 2018 Kucharski Young Investigator award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

The society is an organization that encourages research on the development of behavior in all organisms. Silvers was recognized for her academic accomplishments and contributions to the field.  

Silvers’ research seeks to understand how and why significant emotional and social change occurs throughout childhood and adolescence. She is the senior author of a study published Aug. 8 in the journal Psychological Science demonstrating for the first time that when forced to make a decision that benefits either a parent or a close friend, young adults are more likely to choose the parent.

Her work has also been published in other scientific journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, Developmental Science, and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. In 2016, Silvers was named Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

Silvers will be presented with the award at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology's annual meeting in November.