AWARD FOR DISSERTATION RESARCH ON SMALL GROUPS
Each year, Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association (APA) gives an award for the best dissertation on small groups, research completed during the previous calendar year.
The most recent award winner, for 2008, has just been announced. She is Dr. Lindred Greer, who received her Ph.D. from Leiden University and is now a faculty member at the University of Amsterdam. The title of Dr. Greer’s dissertation was “Team Composition and Conflict: The Role of Individual Differences.”
The award, which will be presented at the division’s business meeting during the APA Convention in Toronto this summer, includes a cash prize of $500, a special plaque, and a three-year free membership in the division. Dr. Greer joins a distinguished list of scholars who have won the award in past years, including Drs. Karen Jehn, Amy Edmondson, Deborah Gruenfeld, Mary Waller, and Robert Lount. Interestingly, Dr. Greer’s dissertation advisor was Dr. Karen Jehn, the first person ever to win our award.
This award is given every year, so interested students, who are studying small groups and whose dissertations will be completed this year, should think about competing for the 2009 award. To enter, simply send a brief (5-pages maximum, typewritten and double-spaced) abstract of the dissertation to Dr. Richard Moreland, 3103 Sennott Square, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Jannuary 31 of 2010. The research in the dissertation can involve any phenomenon in any kind of group, studied using any methodology. Questions about the award can be sent to Dr. Moreland at