William Ickes is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His early research focused on personality influences on behavior in unstructured dyadic interactions. His current research focuses on empathic accuracy and other aspects of intersubjective cognition. His previous edited books include the three-volume series, New Directions In Attribution Research (with John H. Harvey and Robert Kidd), the Handbook of Personal Relationships (with Steve Duck et al.), Compatible and Incompatible Relationships, and Empathic Accuracy. His academic honors include the BerscheidHatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-career Achievement (from the International Network on Personal Relationships) and the New Contribution Award (from the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships).
Steve Duck is the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Iowa and has been a keen promoter of the field of personal relationships research since it was formed. He co-founded the first International Conference on Personal Relationships in 1982, and was founder and first editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, first President of the International Network on Personal Relationships, the professional organization for the research field, and editor of the first edition of the Handbook of Personal Relationships. The Steve Duck New Scholar Award was endowed and named in his honor by a group of independent scholars to recognize his promotion of the work of younger professionals and his dedication to developing the field.