2022 Yale Psychology Graduate Student Awards recognize Clara Colombatto, Sami Yousif, Xanni Brown, and Zachary Silver

June 1, 2022

Congratulations to recent winners of Yale Psychology’s annual graduate student awards.

Clara Colombatto and Sami Yousif were named co-winners of the James Grossman Dissertation Award. This award is given at the time of commencement to the author of an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in Psychology, with preference for an author and dissertation embodying some of the characteristics of James Grossman’s scholarship, such as creativity, use of incorporation of other disciplines, and clinical work with children, but dissertations in any area of psychology will be considered.
Zachary Silver was named winner of the William Kessen Teaching Award.  This award is presented annually to honor William Kessen in recognition of his enormous contributions to teaching and mentoring students. The award honors a graduate student in psychology who best exemplifies the spirit, vitality, and commitment to teaching for which Professor Kessen was known. Nominations can be made by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff.  The student selected should have completed at least two semesters of teaching or service as a Teaching Fellow.
Xanni Brown was named winner of the Jane Olejarczyk Award.  This award is given annually to the graduate student in our program who has contributed most significantly to the quality of graduate student life in the Department. The kinds of contributions that might qualify for this award include, but are not limited to, the organization of the colloquium series, the initiation of a new student seminar program, unusual committee service, special commitment to the Graduate Student Organization in Psychology, establishment of shared resources for the graduate students of our Department, fund raising, and related activities.