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by SIOP Administrative Office

José Maria Peiró Receives EFPA Aristotle Prize

The Executive Council of European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations
(EFPA) honored SIOP Fellow José Maria Peiró over the summer with the 2015 Aristotle Prize.

The Aristotle Prize was given to EFPA by the president of the IVth European Congress of Psychology in 1995 Athens, Greece, and is awarded to a psychologist from Europe who has made a distinguished contribution to psychology.

Peiró, professor of Social Psychology at the University of Valencia, is an internationally reputed scholar known for many original and inspiring contributions to work and organizational psychology, particularly in the domains of quality of work, occupational health, well-being, and work stress.

According to the Aristotle Prize Selection Committee, one of his many scientific contributions lies in the development of psychological climate theory, which bridges the gap between collective and individual behavior. His research has shown that people’s shared ideas and practices shape the actions and responses of individuals over and beyond individual level determinants. These findings are not only of theoretical but also of practical significance: assessing climate helps to better understand people’s responses in terms of role stress, tension, satisfaction, leadership perception, and performance.

The scientific oeuvre of Peiró and his team comprises more than 500 publications, which are widely read and cited in Europe and North America, and in other English and Spanish speaking countries of the world. He has given numerous presentations in national and international conferences.

“Prof. Peiró is a highly productive and entrepreneurial academic who has established the Center for Research in Organizational and Work Psychology at the University of Valencia, which has become one of the leading centers in the world,” the selection committee stated. “He is also leading the IDOCAL applied research institute at the University of Valencia. Prof. Peiró’s effectiveness in establishing and strengthening links between psychological scholars from Europe and other continents has resulted in highly successful projects in research in education. One example is the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Master Program in WOPP, which involves teaching staff from all over Europe and has delivered a European Master to hundreds of students from dozens of countries in the word. Prof. Peiró is an inspiring leader and teacher for many colleagues and students, in Europe and abroad. He has supervised more than 50 PhD theses.”

The Prize was officially awarded during the Opening Ceremony of the European Congress of Psychology in Milan on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

More information about the Aristotle Prize can be found here.