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SPSSI Members in the Media

SPSSI Fellow Daniel Bar-Tal, Ph.D., Professor Tel Aviv University, has two new books out!

 Bar-Tal, D. (2013). Intractable conflicts: Socio-psychological foundations and dynamics.

 You can pre-order the book and enter the discount code DANIELLBT13 at checkout.

Bar-Tal D., & Schnell I. (Eds.). (2013). The impacts of lasting occupation: Lessons from Israeli society. New York: Oxford University Press.

You can order this book with a 20% discount with the promo code 31056 via Oxford University Press, or call 800-451-7556.

In addition, Dr. Bar-Tal was featured in the New York Times article, Academic Study Weakens Israeli Claim That Palestinian School Texts Teach Hate discussing his co-authored study on Israeli and Palestinian textbooks.

SPSSI Members and Fellows, Mahzarin Banaji, Ph.D., and Anthony Greenwald, Ph.D. have a new book called, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. You can watch an interview with Dr. Greenwald on PBS’s Tavis Smiley, or read an interview with Dr. Banaji in the Harvard Gazette, or read a review of the book on The Washington Post. Banaji, M. & Greenwald, A. (2013). Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people.New York: Delacorte Press.

The work of SPSSI member Brad Bushman, Ph.D. on kids with low self-esteem was not only published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, but was featured in Wired Magazine. In addition, his study on violent video games and violent behavior, published in Psychological Science was featured in the Los Angeles Times.


SPSSI Fellow Jacquelynne Eccles, Ph.D. received the Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science from the APA. Congratulations Dr. Eccles!



SPSSI Fellow Michelle Fine, Ph.D. received an award from the APA Board for Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. Based on her research on educational inequalities, the impact of prison experiences, and violence against women, Dr. Fine has provided testimony with the legal system, and has also worked closely with an enormous number of community organizations and institutions. Congratulations on your award, Dr. Fine!


SPSSI member, Fellow and Psychology Professor at Princeton, Susan Fiske, Ph.D., was among a number of scholars in a consortium of social scientists advising President Barak Obama’s re-election campaign. A feature story published just after the November election in the New York Times, highlighted Fiske and her work on perceiving candidates as warm and competent. The NY Times reporter, Benedict Carey, noted that none of the consortium members were formally notified whether or how their research was used in the campaign. “But sometimes they got hints. Dr. Fiske, the Princeton psychologist, said she received a generic, mass-market e-mail from the Obama campaign before the election. “It said, ‘People do things when they make plans to do them; what’s your plan?’ … How about that?””



SPSSI member, Fellow, and Psychology Professor at Lawrence University, Peter Glick, Ph.D.,participated in a debate on CBCRadio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi that asked the question, “should chivalry be revived?” Glick’s research focuses on gender stereotypes and benevolent sexism. Along with Susan Fiske, Glick won the 1995 Gordon W. Allport Prize for their research on ambivalent sexism. Glick argued that chivalry should not be revived, equating chivalry with benevolent sexism and citing the vast amount of data that highlights the problems associated with such ideologies. Instead, Glick said, we should use common sense and promote civility around the world, regardless of gender. You can listen to the debate online by clicking on the Listen link on the Q page.


SPSSI member MarYam Hamedani, PhD., was featured in NPR’s social science segment with Steve Inskeep and Shankar Vedantam. You can read the transcript online or listen to her speak about supporting policies for the greater good in American culture.



SPSSI members and Fellows, Phyllis Katz, Ph.D. and Dr. Nancy Russo, Ph.D., have been awarded The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for inspiring their former students to make a significant contribution to society. Beckman Award trust advisory committee member and past APA president, Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, stated in the press release, “The Beckman Award is unique in that award recipients are honored for the special ways that they have motivated their students to make a lasting impact on the world. The award recognizes current or former teachers, professors or instructors who have inspired their former students to create an organization or establish a concept, procedure, or movement which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” For more information on this unique award, the accompanying press release, and award ceremony program, please visit the Beckman Trust. Congratulations to Drs. Katz and Russo!


Longtime SPSSI member and Fellow, Herbert C. Kelman, Ph.D., the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, received the Gold Medal of Honorfrom the Federal Capital of Vienna, “in recognition of his significant achievements.” The medal was presented to him at a ceremony in Vienna’s City Hall on December 12, 2012. Professor Kelman was born in Vienna in 1927, escaped Nazi persecution with his family in 1939, and settled in the United States in 1940. Congratulations Dr. Kelman!


SPSSI member, Brian Nosek, Ph.D., is leading the charge with his graduate student, Jeffrey Spies, to make psychological research more transparent via the Center for Open Science. You can read about the details in Science Magazine’s ScienceInsider.


SPSSI Fellow and Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, Letitia Anne Peplau, Ph.D., was featured in the Atlantic for a study with her student, Justin Lavner, on whether gay and lesbian parents can promote healthy development in high-risk foster children.


With the tragedy of the Newtown shootings in December, gun control and gun laws have been a prominent topic in the news, on the Hill, and among policy researchers. SPSSI member Barry Rosenfeld, Ph.D., spoke to NPR on the limitations of mental health gun laws. Rosenfeld noted that laws in which mental health professionals are required to report potentially violent patients "cast a very large net that will probably restrict a lot of people's behavior unnecessarily…. But there are other ways that would be more productive."  Rosenfeld then offers alternatives such as “reducing the total number of guns and improving access to mental health care.” You can listen to the full story or read the article on NPR’s health blog.

SPSSI's Steven Shapiro, Ph.D., spoke to Maryland’s NPR station, WYPR, on the psychological effects of poverty and unemployment. You can listen to the full story or read the article on WYPR’s Maryland Morning podcast page.

Longstanding SPSSI member and Fellow, Ervin Staub, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus UMass Amherst, is the 2013 recipient of Division 52’s Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award, for his book Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism. This book provides a broad overview of Dr. Staub’s seminal life-work on the origins and prevention of genocide and violent conflict, and how to promote peace. Congratulations Dr. Staub!

In addition to his previous book award, Dr. Staub has a new book in progress on moral courage and heroism, entitled, The Roots of Goodness. Dr. Staub was cited in an ABC News report, Too Many Doctors Can Hurt a Patient in 'Bystander Effect' where he discussed findings on the bystander effect and the influence people have on others.

SPSSI member, doctoral student, and Scientific American guest blogger, Melanie Tannenbaum, M.A.,discussed the research on powerful men and sex scandals in a post on Scientific American. Tannenbaum highlighted the fallacy in the perceived link between power, masculinity, and infidelity by citing a plethora of empirical evidence, showing that some of the the best arguments are those backed by science.

SPSSI member Linda Tropp, Ph.D., was interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nationin November to discuss the media and race, and the challenges of discussing race. Dr. Tropp is the Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence program at UMass Amherst. Listen to the conversation online!


SPSSI member Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., describes the characteristics of psychopaths in her article about our ability to predict who becomes a murderer in Psychology Today.

Joan Williams, co-editor of an upcoming volume of The Journal of Social Issues, penned an article in the Washington Post entitled, The daddy dilemma: Why men face a ‘flexibility stigma’ at work. In the piece, Williams discusses the long-standing research on the problem of fathers who work long hours and references the upcoming JSI issue.



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