• James McKeen Cattell Award: Call for Nominations

  • The Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences Announces the 44th Competition (previously an Annual Competition; currently a Biennial Competition) for the James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology

    Call for Nominations

    Deadline – July 1, 2016

    In a continuing effort to encourage and recognize high standards of dissertation research, the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences announces the forty-fourth competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in psychology. The competition is limited to students of doctoral programs in regionally accredited institutions who have either attained doctoral degrees or successfully defended their dissertations between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. Each department is invited to nominate one dissertation, submitted by e-mail in the summary format described below.

    The 2014–2016 Cattell Awardee will be announced on the NYAS website ( by October 1, 2016. The Cattell Awardee will receive a Certificate of Recognition. The Mentor for the Awardee's dissertation will also be recognized with a Citation Certificate. Dissertations will be judged by the Steering Committee of the NYAS Psychology Section, in consultation with specialists in the area of the dissertation.

    Please follow the following guidelines for submission:

    1. Submit a summary of the dissertation without personal or institutional identification. The summary should include no more than 1200–1500 double-spaced words of text. A page or two consisting of tables and figures plus some references and key words may be added.
    2. In separate files, please provide full contact information (phone number, email address, and postal address) of both the author and the faculty mentor for the dissertation and also a statement from the school, department, or mentor indicating that this submission is the one nomination from that institution.
    3. To facilitate blind review, please use file names indicating applicant's initials and date of submission only.

    Dissertation summaries will be assessed in terms of clarity of purpose and rationale, method and design, results with statistics as appropriate, and conclusions, with implications and/or applications. Following an anonymous review, the Steering Committee may request 'blind' copies of the full dissertation for final review. Please indicate the name and address of the person to be contacted should the dissertation be requested.

    Submissions should be sent to Ting Lei, PhD, Chair of the Cattell Award Committee 2015–2016, Former Chair of the Psychology Steering Committee, Psychology Section, New York Academy of Sciences, via email: