Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:00
Professor Virginia Slaughter
Professor Virginia Slaughter

Described as a “constant source of counsel”, Professor Virginia Slaughter has been recognised with a 2015 Health and Behavioural Sciences Research Mentorship Award.

Head of the University of Queensland School of Psychology, Professor Slaughter received the honour from Faculty Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy on September 14.

Her nomination from colleagues spoke glowingly of her selflessness and tireless work ethic.

“Professor Slaughter is a constant source of counsel to junior staff, be it for specific advice on a research project or more general advice on how to make an impact in research,” the nomination read.

“She also set up the Early Cognitive Development Centre, which has provided a foundation for significant research by students and staff, enhancing their output.

“Professor Slaughter’s achievements in mentoring are evident in the successful career paths forged by her many Research Higher Degree students and the progress made by those she has guided from post-docs to permanent staff, to senior positions in the School.

“Without her many of us would not have progressed as far as we have.”

Now in her 20th year at UQ, Professor Slaughter has a research focus on social and cognitive development in infants and young children.

She has published 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, a book-length monograph for the Society for Research in Child Development, two edited volumes, and a first-year Psychology text.

Additionally, she also holds a number of Associate Editor and Editorial Board roles on major journals in her area of expertise.

Previously Professor Slaughter has received a UQ Teaching Excellence Award, a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, as well as an Australian Award for University Teaching.