• The Order of the Falkon, the Knight‘s Cross for contribution to educational science and education, January 1, 2012. The president of Iceland offered the award
  • University of Iceland Award for Excellence in Research, October 2004. The president of the University of Iceland offered the award
  • Award for the book Respect and Care: A Challenge for the twenty-first Century, as one of the ten most outstanding theoretical works published in 2007; an award from Hagthenkir – Association of non-fiction writers, Iceland (2008)
  • Award ”for good professional work and useful research for parents and children,” from Saman hópurinn, a consortium of 20 professional organizations, June 2005. The president of Iceland offered the award
  • Fulbright Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Harvard University, GSE: “The Larsen Grant for Outstanding Achievement and Research Potential,” 1984-1987
  • Harvard University, “The Arthur Lehman Scholarship”,  1986-1987