Sex Roles

, Volume 77, Issue 11–12, pp 751–756 | Cite as

Janet Taylor Spence: A Model Role Model

  • Donald J. FossEmail author
Original Article


The article summarizes and reflects on the contributions of Janet Taylor Spence in the areas of editing, service to her institutions, and service to her profession. It is based on both the objective record and on the personal experience and observations of the author, a long-time colleague. It reviews the many editorial positions Janet Taylor Spence held, including being editor of the Annual Review of Psychology and Contemporary Psychology, and the award she received from the National Academy of Sciences. It also sketches many of the leadership positions she held, including being president of the American Psychological Association and the first elected president of the Association for Psychological Science. It emphasizes both her outstanding professional and personal qualities.


Janet Taylor Spence Biography Professional service Role model 



An earlier version of the present paper was presented at a symposium in honor of Janet Spence, which was held at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, May 2016. Thanks to Kay Deaux and an anonymous reviewer for many helpful comments and suggestions that have improved this reflection. Any errors are the fault of my fallible memory.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

I have complied with all ethical standards relevant to the submitted manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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