Thirty-Eighth Annual Competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology: Call for Applications

Thirty-Eighth Annual Competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology: Call for Applications

Friday, October 31, 2008

Pace University

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Presented by Psychology Section


In a continuing effort to encourage and recognize high standards of dissertation research, the Section of Psychology of the New York Academy of Sciences announces the 38th annual competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in psychology. The competition is limited to graduate students of accredited doctoral programs who have either attained degrees or successfully defended their dissertations between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008. Each department or program is invited to nominate just one dissertation, submitted in the summary format described below.

The winner will be announced during April 2009 on the Academy Web site and to its international membership, and will receive an award certificate. The mentor and doctoral program in which the winning dissertation was completed will also be awarded a citation certificate. Dissertations will be judged by the Steering Committee of the Section of Psychology, with the consultation of specialists in the area.

A summary of the dissertation should be submitted without personal or institutional identification according to these guidelines: 1200-1500 words of text, double-spaced format. A page or two consisting of tables and figures plus some references and key words may be added. Summaries will be assessed in terms of clarity of purpose and rationale, method and research design, results with statistics as appropriate, and conclusions, with implications and/or applications.

Following an anonymous review, the Steering Committee may request up to three copies of the dissertation itself, for final review by specialists.

Below is a list of the winners of the James McKeen Cattell Dissertation Award in recent years:


Emily Amanatullah
"Negotiating Gender Role Stereotypes: The Influence of Gender Role Stereotypes on Perceivers' Evaluations and Target's Behaviors in Value Claiming Negotiations and Situation Moderation by Representation Role"
Mentor: Michael Morris
Columbia Business School

Katherine H. Karlsgodt
"Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Verbal Working Memory in Schizophrenia"
Mentor: Tyrone D. Cannon
University of California, Los Angeles


Christopher Summerfield
"Cognitive Control During Episodic Memory Encoding"
Mentor: Jennifer Mangels, Columbia University

Nicole Avena (Honorable Mention)
"Evidence of Sugar Addiction in Rats: Links to Drug Abuse and Eating Disorders"
Mentor: Bart Hoebel, Princeton University


Jennifer Quinn
"Dorsal Hippocampus Involvement in Fear Conditioning to Discrete Auditory Stimuli"
Mentor: Michael Fanselow
University of California, Los Angeles

Anne-Noel Samaha
"Effects of Rate of Drug Delivery on Brain and Behavior: Implications for Addiction"
Mentor: Terry Robinson
University of Michigan

Jessica Tracy
"Is There a Universally Recognized Pride Expression?"
Mentor: Richard Robins
University of California, Davis


Adam Brickman
"Neuropsychological Functioning and Neuromorphometry in Non-Kraepelinian and Kraepelinian Schizophrenia"
Mentor: Joan Borod
Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Neuropsychology Subprogram at Queens College

Shayna Rosenbaum
"Investigations of Remote Memory for Topographical and Autobiographical Information: Evidence from Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Amnesic Patients"
Mentor: Morris Moscovitch
University of Toronto


Evan Palmer
"Spatiotemporal Relatability in the Perception of Dynamically Occluded Objects"
Mentor: Philip Kellman
University of California, Los Angeles


Laura Louise Eldridge
"The Role of the Medial Temporal Lobe in Human Memory"
Mentor: Michelle Craske
University of California, Los Angeles

Steven Most
"Sustained Intentional Blindness: What You See Is What You See"
Mentor: Daniel Simons
Harvard University