Psychology Professor Mark Zanna wins Killam Prize

Saturday, March 26, 2011

From the Canada Council press release, April 19, 2011:

Mark P. Zanna.Professor Mark P. Zanna is one of only a handful of academic social psychologists whose theories have been applied to major social issues such as racial prejudice. Described by his peers as one of the leading social psychologists in Canada, he is among the most cited social psychologists in the world.

Professor Zanna’s research is enabling Canadians to better respond to some of the most challenging social issues of our time. Through his collaborative work on the International Tobacco Control Policy Survey, a population-based, national survey undertaken in 14 countries, he and his colleagues have made important contributions to the evaluation of national tobacco control policies. Continuing his health promotion efforts, Professor Zanna has evaluated Canada’s cigarette warning labels and has tested the subtle effects of movie stars’ smoking in films.

Professor Zanna has given research into social attitudes momentum and direction. He and his colleagues are credited with establishing one of the world’s top social psychology programs at the University of Waterloo.

General information

The Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 with a donation by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The Prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities. The Killam Fund at the Canada Council was valued at approximately $57 million as of February 2011. The Killam Trusts, which fund scholarship and research at four Canadian universities (including University of British Columbia), a neurological research and clinical institute and the Canada Council, are valued at approximately $400 million.

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