Robert A. Bjork, and Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, UCLA professors of psychology, have been jointly selected to receive the Association for Psychological Science’s 2016 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, the association’s highest honor. The award is given for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research. It will be presented to the couple at the opening ceremony of APS 2016 Convention in Chicago on May 26, 2016.


Robert Bjork’s research focuses on human learning and memory, and the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He has served as editor of Memory and Cognition, and of Psychological Review. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been selected to present a 2015-16 UCLA Faculty Research Lecture in 2016.

Elizabeth Ligon Bjork’s research focuses on human memory, particularly the role of inhibitory processes in certain types of “goal-directed forgetting.” She has studied how we might apply principles of learning and memory to enhance instructional practices. She has served as a member of the editorial boards for Perception and Psychophysics and Memory and Cognition, and has also received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also been a past chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate.