Hilary Horn Ratner Named 2016 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Recipient

Meet the 2016 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Recipient

Hilary Horn Ratner, class of 1974, has been named the 2016 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award recipient.

She earned undergraduate degrees in both psychology and sociology and completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled "Interference effects on children's recall," earning her graduation with departmental honors from the Honors College.

After graduation from Kent State University, Ratner went on to earn both her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Upon completion of a post-doctoral National Research Service Award at the University of Chicago, she joined the faculty of Wayne State University as an assistant professor in 1981 within the Department of Psychology and became Professor in 1993. She joined the Graduate School as associate dean from 1999 to 2001. In 2002 she was named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School and in 2006, as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School and International Programs. Dr. Ratner became the vice president for research at Wayne State University in 2007 and interim dean of the Graduate School in 2011.

She is currently part of the faculty at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University, which is an organization that "works to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, and their families across the lifespan, through research, education and outreach."

Dr. Ratner's research expertise is focused on memory and learning, primarily among preschool and school-aged children. She has published widely in these areas and has received funding from many agencies and foundations to support her research, including the Department of Education and National Science Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.

Dr. Ratner has previously been honored with the Michigan Association of State Governing Boards' Distinguished Faculty Award and at Wayne State University has received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President's Exceptional Service Award, and a Career Development Award.

For more information about Dr. Ratner, visit http://mpsi.wayne.edu/profile/hilary.ratner.