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SPSSI Grant and Award Announcements
Anila Balkissoon

Fall 2010 Clara Mayo Grants Announced

The Clara Mayo Grant Program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.

The winners of SPSSI’s Clara Mayo Grants for the Fall 2010 competition are as follows: Peter Belmi for his proposal entitled “The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Oppositional Attitudes, Behaviors, and Cognitions,” Sarah Gaither for her proposal entitled “Ingroup and Outgroup College Roommates: A Longitudinal Study of Interracial Interactions;” and Andrew Pilecki for his proposal entitled “The Psychological Reach of Intractable Conflict: Delegitimizing Discourses Within Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian Student Groups in the US.”

The Fall 2010 Selection Committee consisted of Drs. Phillip Hammack (Chair), University of California at Santa Cruz, Sara McClelland, University of Michigan, David Frost, San Francisco State University, and Kristin Lane, Bard College. 

The 2010 Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award

The award honors Dr. Otto Klineberg (1899-1992), an early president of SPSSI and distinguished figure in these fields.  The prize is given to the paper, book chapter, or article which most clearly demonstrates its relevance for psychological theory and research in the domain of intercultural and international relations.

The winners of this year’s prize are Drs. Ronald Fischer and Katja Hanke for their submission entitled, “Are societal values linked to global peace and conflict?”  Honorable mention went to Drs. Shaun Wiley and Kay Deaux for a submission entitled, “The Bicultural Identity Performance of Immigrants.”

The 2010 selection committee consisted of Drs. Daniel Bar-tal (Chair), Tel-Aviv University; Angela Ginorio, University of Washington; Stefan Stuermer, Fern Universitaet in Hagen; Robert Levine, California State University; and Wan-chi Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

2011 SAGES Program Funding Awarded

The SAGES Program was created to encourage our age 60 and over and retired members to apply their knowledge to helping solve social problems or to assist policy makers to solve social problems. Proposals are invited that use social science research findings to address social problems through direct action projects, consulting with not-for-profit groups, or through preparing reviews of existing social science literature that could be used by policy makers.

The winners of SPSSI’s Action Grants for Experienced Scholars for the 2010 competition are as follows: Dr. Robert McCall for a proposal entitled, “Toward Family Care Alternatives to Institutionalization: An Evaluation of ‘Collective Fostering’ in China,” and Dr. Jacqueline White for a proposal entitled “Project PREVENT: Preventing Violence against Women and Children by Engaging Information Technology.”  

The 2010 SAGES selection committee consisted of Drs. Warren Thorngate (Chair), Carleton University; Samvel Jeshmaridian, Borough of Manhattan Community College; and Linnda Caporael, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The Grants-in-Aid Program

SPSSI’s competitive GIA program supports scientific research in social problem areas related to the basic interests and goals of SPSSI and particularly those that are not likely to receive support from traditional sources.  Congratulations to the following scholars, who were awarded funding in 2010:

Spring 2010 Grants-in-Aid Funding Recipients

Dana Wood; Poverty, Discrimination, and Achievement Motivation Among Urban Minority Adolescents

Dawn Howerton; Health Care Disparities: The Influence of Aversive Racism and Benevolent Sexism

Dana Kabat; Women’s Experiences of Social Relations in Organizations: Surviving and Thriving in the Gendered Workplace

Jillian Peterson; Untangling Mental Disorder and Criminal Behavior: Differential Pathways and Differential Needs

Gabrielle Adams; Punishing Leads to Greater Intentions to Be Deviant

Gregory Morgan; Why Moral Conviction Motivates: Investigating the Factors that Imbue Moral Conviction with Motivational Force

Leslie Crimin; In the “eye of the beholder”: The in-group over-exclusion effect and the heavyweight threshold

Alexandra Sedlovskaya; Identity Concealment in Public and the Distinction between Public and Private Selves: Implications for Psychological and Physical Well-Being

Rachel Verni; Perceptions of Privacy and Boundaries of Power within Facebook

Harold Takooshian; Expanding on the history of psychology and social issues in Greater New York

Kumar Yogeeswaran; Unpacking Multiculturalism: Do Abstract vs. Concrete Framings of Multiculturalism Differentially Impact Intergroup Relations?

Anna Woodcock; Reshaping Implicit Theories of Intelligence to Combat Stereotype Threat

Megan Vokey; A Time Trend Analysis of the Sexualization of Girls in the Mass Media

Yung-Jui Yang; Reacting to the Cultural Implication of Globalization: Four Critical Conditions for Evocation of Hot Responses When Sacred Local Cultural Tradition is Contaminated

Brian Armenta; Examining Perceptions of Discrimination, Perceptions of Threat, Cultural Values, Prosocial Tendencies, and Psychosocial Functioning among European Americans and Latinos in Nebraska

Eileen Pipitan; Intra- and Inter-group Processes Related to Weight Stigma

Sheri Levy & Lisa Rosenthal;Origins and Implications of Polyculturalism

Ana Nunes;Effectiveness of Diversity Messages in Reducing Bias: Comparing Legal vs. Value Messages Effects on Human Resource Professionals’ Hiring Decisions

Adam Pearson; Intergroup Fluency: A Metacognitive Approach to Interracial and Interethnic Trust

Kristen Jozkowski; When Does No Mean No? Understanding Sexual Communication Behaviors and Determining Sexual Consent among College Students

Dana Garfin; Post-disaster Outcomes Associated with the 2010 Chilean Earthquake

Fall 2010 Grants-in-Aid Funding Recipients

Jessica Salerno; Too Emotional to Overcome the 12 Angry Men: Minority Influence, Emotion, and Prejudice

H. Lysette Chavez; Examining the Effects of the Inclusion of Non-English Speaking Jurors on Jury Verdicts and Juror Experiences

Michelle Cruz-Santiago; Narratives of Success: Pre-College Experiences that Promote College Enrollment among Low-Income Latino Males

Alison Baker; Severity of conditions, collective identity, psychological sense of community, civic attitudes, and sociopolitical development among Salvadoran adolescents

Molly Brown; Effectiveness Of Housing First For Non-Chronically Homeless Individuals Who Are High Utilizers Of Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment

Lisa Walt; Social Cognitive & Group Sober Home Harmony Factors Related to Women’s Recovery

Kelly Lynn Mulvey; Children’s Evaluations of Gender Exclusion: Group Goals and Theory of Social Mind

Cynthia Najdowski; A Social Psychological Approach to Understanding Racial Profiling: Stereotype Threat in Police Encounters

Mylien Duong; Peer Influences as an Explanation for Ethnic Differences in Academic Achievement

Courtney Soderberg; Why do bipartisan efforts fail? Understanding ingroup opposition to cooperative intergroup efforts

Gabriel Twose; Framing and perception of truth commissions: Truth, reconciliation, or neither?

Matthew Zawadzki; Examining an Intervention to Reduce Under-diagnosis of CHD for Older Women

David Kille & Crystal Tse; How to Help Integrate Mixed-Race Families into Laypeople’s Definition of a Family

Abbey Eisenhower; The Adaptation to School for Economically Disadvantaged Children: The Role of Student-Teacher Relationships, Parent-Teacher Relationships, and School Involvement

Lisa Brown; Sexual Orientation Identity and Romantic Partner Preferences among Emerging Adults

Ruth Ditlmann; How Exposure to Past Injustice Shapes Implicit Motives in Members of Former Victim and Perpetrator Groups

Katya Migacheva; Toward a Psychological Understanding of the Effects of Drastic Shifts in Group Status on Intergroup Relations

Amanda Sullivan; Unexplored Links: The Impact of Educator Perceptions on Services, Supports, and Outcomes for Students with Emotional Disorders

The Spring 2010 selection committee consisted of Drs. Eden B. King (Chair), George Mason University; Anne Galletta, Cleveland State University; Michael Gill, Lehigh University; Catherine Borshuk, Indiana University, South Bend; Brett Stoudt, City University of New York; and Jeanine Skorinko, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The Fall 2010 selection committee consisted of Drs. Markus Kemmelmeier (Chair), University of Nevada; Anne Galletta, Cleveland State University; Rachel Annunziato, Fordham University; and Michelle Tichy, St. Norbert College. 

2011 Kurt Lewin Memorial Award Announced

The Kurt Lewin Memorial Award is presented annually to honor outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.  It is one of SPSSI’s most prestigious honors.  

The winner of SPSSI’s Kurt Lewin Memorial Award for the 2011 competition is Dr. Michelle Fine (City University of New York).  As this year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Fine has accomplished the goals outlined by this honor in every way.  In selecting Dr. Fine for this award, the committee noted her inspirational career combining activism and scholarship in a manner that best embodied the spirit and essence of the SPSSI mission.

The 2011 Selection Committee consisted of Drs. Faye Crosby (Chair), University of California, Santa Cruz (Chair); Steven Wright, Simon Fraser University; Mark P. Zanna, University of Waterloo; and Karen Wyche, Howard University.  Congratulations, Dr. Fine!

2011 Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecturer Announced

The Lynn Stuart Weiss lecture was established by Drs. Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss, in memory of their daughter, Lynn, a promising young scholar whose interests centered on the science and art of politics, with a focus on world law.  The award rotates among APA Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), APA Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society), APA Division 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division), and APA Division 52 (International Psychology).  The fund was set up to support an annual lecture given at the APA convention in memory of Lynn Stuart Weiss. Additional information can be found on the APF website:  This program was established in 1999 by an endowed fund through the American Psychological Foundation (APF). 

This year, SPSSI selected Dr. Susan Opotow, a past president of SPSSI, and professor at the City University of New York.  Dr. Opotow is a faculty member at the John Jay College Criminal Justice Sociology Department and The Graduate Center PhD program in Social Personality Psychology and Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice.  Dr. Opotow is a well-respected and known psychologist that has represented the spirit of the Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecturer throughout her career.  The committee felt that Dr. Opotow’s work on peace and conflict was particularly relevant and regarded.  The selection committee consisted of Drs. Susan Saegert (Chair), Vanderbilt University; Eve Brank, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Phillip Hammack, University of California, Santa Cruz.  Congratulations to Dr. Opotow!

2010 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prizes Announced

The co-winners of SPSSI’s Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for the 2010 competition are as follows: Dr. Steven J. Spencer and Dr. Gregory M. Walton for their submission entitled “Latent Ability: Grades and Test Scores Systematically Underestimate the Intellectual Ability of Negatively Stereotyped Students” and Dr. Sabrina Zirkel (co-authors Bailey, Bathey, Hawley-Cooper, Lewis, Long, Pollack, Roberts, Stroud, and Winful) for their submission entitled “’Isn‘t That What Those Kids ‘Need’?-- Urban Schools and the Master Narrative of the Tough Urban Principal.”  Congratulations to these scholars. 

The Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize honors the memory of the late Dr. Gordon W. Allport, a founder and past president of SPSSI.  The Award is given to the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations - a field about which Professor Allport cared deeply.  

The 2010 Award Committee consisted of Drs. John Dovidio (Chair), Yale University; Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan; Chris Crandall, University of Kansas; and Landon Reid, Colgate University.

Congratulations to each of these scholars!

We wish to thank all SPSSI members who contributed to the selection of these grant and award winners.  Your work is invaluable and is truly appreciated.  If you’re interested in committee service to SPSSI, please contact Anila Balkissoon with this information.

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