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   Grants and Award Announcements
   Anila Balkissoon, SPSSI Administrative Coordinator


2012 Kurt Lewin Award Winner Named

The Kurt Lewin Award, SPSSI’s premier career recognition for Distinguished Research on Social Issues is being given this year to long-term member, Dr. Miles Hewstone.  Regarded by one of his nominators as “an exceptionally talented social psychologist who has made truly outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action,” Miles is a highly deserving honoree.  Dr. Hewstone has also made exceptional contributions to social issues research in the areas of intergroup relations and intergroup contact, and his work embodies the spirit and essence of the SPSSI mission.

Congratulations, Miles!

The 2012 Kurt Lewin Award Selection Committee consisted of Drs. Louis Penner, (Chair) Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University; Marilynn Brewer, University of South Wales; James Jones, University of Delaware; and Mark Snyder, University of Minnesota.

2011 Distinguished Service to SPSSI Awards

At SPSSI’s 75th Anniversary Gala in June, we were delighted to recognize Dr. Ann Bettencourt and Dr. Allen Omoto with the SPSSI Distinguished Service Award for 2011.  As the committee noted, “We recognize both Ann Bettencourt and Allen Omoto with the SPSSI Distinguished Service Award with gratitude, and with deep appreciation for the scope of their service to our organization and its impact to science, and to public policy at the local and national level.  We are the fortunate recipients of their energy and commitment to the basic tenets of SPSSI.” 

Thank you, Ann and Allen!

Members of the Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee consisted of Drs. Dan Perlman (Chair), University of North Carolina - Greensboro; Elizabeth Cole, University of Michigan; Victoria Esses, University of Western Ontario; and Sally Shumaker, Wake Forest University Medical Center.

The 2011 Louise Kidder Early Career Award

The Society is pleased to announce that Professor Phillip A. Hammack, Jr. is the winner of the 2011 Louise Kidder Early Career Award.

Dr. Phillip Hammack has been pursuing an exciting line of innovative research using qualitative and quantitative methods. In two major lines of research, he investigates the role of intergroup contact in the identity development of Israeli and Palestine youth and the psychological study of sexual identity and sexual minority youth by situating their lives in relation to the shifting historical and political contexts. He systematically studies social issues with scientific rigor and sophisticated understanding of social contexts, culture and the construction identity with a specific attention to the relevance of his research for social policy. His research findings are groundbreaking, making an impact on number of disciplines. Prof. Hammack has made a significant contribution in furthering our understanding of resilience of those who are culturally and politically marginalized (e.g., LGBT youth). His research program is committed to developing transformative knowledge and embodies the spirit of the Louise Kidder Early Career Award. The awards committee unanimously selects Prof. Phillip Hammack to receive the Louise Kidder Early Career Award for 2011 from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

The 2011 Selection Committee and co-authors of award citation consisted of Drs. Ram Mahalingam (Chair), University of Michigan; Nicola Curtin, University of Michigan; and Peter Hegarty, University of Surrey.  

2011 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize 

This award is given annually to "the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations" - a field about which Professor Allport cared deeply. The research area of intergroup relations includes such dimensions as age, gender, and socioeconomic status, as well as ethnicity.

The 2011 Gordon Allport Prize was awarded to Drs. Richard Crisp and Rhiannon Turner for their submission entitled, "Congnitive adaptation to the experience of social and cultural diversity".   This year, honorable mention was given to Drs. Kristin Laurin, Grainne M. Fitzsimons, and Aaron C. Kay for their submission entitled, "Social disadvantage and the self-regulatory function of justice beliefs."

We congratulate these scholars.

2011 Social Issues Dissertation Awards

The Social Issues Dissertation Award was established to encourage excellence in socially relevant research.  The 2011 Selection Committee consisted of Drs. Lisa Lockhart (Chair), University of the Incarnate Word; Todd Nelson, California State University – Stanislaus; Elizabeth Page-Gould, University of Toronto Scarborough; and Rhonda White, University of South Carolina.  

First Prize this year went to Dr. Nicholas Sorenson at the University of Michigan, for his dissertation entitled, "The Road to Empathy: Dialogic Pathways for Engaging Diversity and Improving Intergroup Relations."

Second prize this year went to Dr. Rachel Farr at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for her dissertation entitled, "Coparenting among Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Adoptive Couples: Associations with Couple Relationships and Child Outcomes."

Congratulations to both Nicholas and Rachel. 

2011 Clara Mayo Grants

The Clara Mayo Grant Program was set up to support master's 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 welcomed. 

Spring 2011 recipients were:

  • Sarah F. Bailey; The Glass Cliff:  Why Decision-Makers Choose Women for Difficult Leadership Positions
  • Carlos Garrido; Bystander sexism:  The effect of witnessing sexism in creating ego depletion and intergroup emotions
  • Courtney M. Hooker; I Feel Your Pain: Vicarious Experiences of Prejudice
  • Sahana Mukherjee; What does it mean to be a ‘true’ American?National identity and immigration policy
  • Amy M. Williams; Closing the pay gap:  Effective negotiating strategies for women inorganizational settings
  • Yi Jenny Xiao; A Perceptual Model of Intergroup Threat: Exploring the mechanism underlying the relationship between intergroup threat and discrimination

Fall 2011 Recipients

  • Erica Friedman; The Cognitive Processing of Cisgenderism: How differences between Transgender and Cisgender People Get Explained
  • Kimberly Gorski; Why didn’t I say something? The effects of commitment to challenging sexism and cognitive resource depletion on the relationship between failure to confront sexism and task performance
  • William Hall; Social Identity Threat in the Workplace
  • Toy Lisa Mitchell; Making Visible the Invisible Cultural Scripts that Inform the Relational Dynamics of African American Women

The 2011 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.

2011 Fall Grants-in-Aid 

SPSSI’s competitive Grants-In-Aid 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 2011:

  • Rezarta Bilali; Improving Media Interventions to Prevent Violence and Promote Non-Violent Conflict Resolution in Ongoing Armed Conflicts: The Case of Eastern DNC
  • Angela Borges; Psychologists’ Experiences Working with Clients in Poverty
  • Bobby Cheon; Gene X Environment Interactions on Intergroup Bias:The Modulating Role of Affective Conditioning
  • Violet Cheung; Cyber-security: The Policy Implications of Fear, Anger, and Anxiety
  • Nicole Fava: Sexuality Development and Resilience: Reframing Sexual Health and Well-Being of Adolescent Girls with Histories of Maltreatment
  • Erin Hennes; Motivated Evaluation, Recall, and Tactile Perception in the Service of the System: The Case of Anthropogenic Climate Change
  • Reiko Hirai; Longitudinal Study of Adjustment Trajectories of International Students
  • Rhonda Johnson; Mental Health among African American Women: Reducing Stigma and Increasing Knowledge Using Community Health Workers
  • Kristen Jones; From Baby Bump to Stressful Slump: An Episodic Model of Identity Management Behaviors in Pregnant Employees
  • Nancy Joseph; Exploring the factors associated with Black immigrant-descended youths’ psycho-social functioning
  • David Lick; Physiological Stress Responses Following Gay-Related Prejudice
  • Andrea Miller; Moral Typecasting and the Racial Gap in Punitive Attitudes
  • Adena Rottenstein; Theoretical Development and Empirical Exploration of a Multi-dimensional Model of Disability Identity
  • Yerin Shim; An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis on Meaningful Work Among Low Social Status Workers
  • Julie Spencer-Rodgers; Cultural Differences in Stereotyping Processes
  • Erin Thomas; Lost in the Categorical Shuffle; Evidence for, Consequences of, and the Amelioration of Black Female Invisibility
  • Sarah Vidal; Relationship Quality in Juvenile Probation
  • Joseph Vitriol; Cross-Racial Face Recognition and Implicit Bias

The members of the Fall 2011 Selection Committee were Drs. Rachel Annunziato (Chair), Catherine Borshuk, Anthony Marsella and Michelle Tichy.

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