2017 2nd TANG PRIZE

    The 2017 TANG Prize was awarded to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Canada, on November 12 2017, for her exceptional contribution in the psychology of positive emotions. Dr. Fredrickson, a social psychologist, is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her “broaden-and-build theory” illuminates how positive emotions expand our mindsets and nourish our life long growth. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gave a public lecture entitled Positivity Resonates after the award.


     The inaugural Tang Prize was awarded on November 12th 2014 with the help of the Psychology Department of University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Martin Seligman received the Tang Prize for achievements in psychology and its applications to the psychological well-being of humanity. Dr. Seligman is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and is well known for his role in forming the field of Positive Psychology. He is a past President of the American Psychological Association. Dr Seligman gave a talk entitled Positive Psychology: The Cutting Edge after the award.


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2022 3rd TANG PRIZE

The 2022 TANG Prize was awarded to Dr. Robert Vallerand for his exceptional contribution to the psychology of motivational processes. His work is highly regarded and influential in promoting well-being. He is a professor of social psychology at the Université du Québec á Montréal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning and he also is the Director of the Research Laboratory on Social Behaviour. He is a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association. He has published many books and articles. His dualistic model of passion has shed light on how passion can bring the best or the worst in people and society. Many of his students are successful psychology professors worldwide. Dr. Vallerand will give a public lecture on a later date (T.B.D.). 


​     The objective of the Tang prize Award for Achievement in Psychology is to honour a living internationally-recognized scholar with a Ph.D. in psychology who has made an exceptional contribution to psychological health anywhere in the world. The Award is not extended for one or two works per se, but for a substantial record of achievement over an entire career. The prize will be bestowed with a frequency announced by The TANG Foundation. The final decision will be made by a panel of judges in consultation with the Board of Directors of the Tang Foundation.

Lecture of the Third TANG Prize Winner

We are honoured to invite you to join us for the virtual presentation of a lecture given by our third TANG Prize winner Dr. Robert Vallerand, Professor of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada on September 12, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The title of Dr. Vallerand's talk is The Role of Passion in Optimal Functioning. The meeting is chaired by our second TANG Prize winner Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina, USA.

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     The TANG Foundation is a private institution established by Dr. Fay Tang in 2006. It is recognized as a charitable institution by the Canadian government and its headquarters are in the City of Toronto, Canada where she is practising as a clinical psychologist. The objective of the TANG Foundation is to raise awareness of the importance of psychological health in the world.

     Dr. Fay Tang's family has a long tradition of reaching out and generously sharing with the less fortunate. For example, her family built a library and donated it to their hometown in southern China, including a reserve fund for continuing operation. The fundamental aim of the TANG Award for Achievements in Psychology is to carry on the family tradition of helping others to achieve wellbeing.