The Social Issues Dissertation Award

This award was established to encourage excellence in socially relevant research.

Sponsor: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

A first prize of $750 and a second prize of $500 will be awarded to the dissertations that best demonstrate scientific excellence and potential application to social problems.
Any doctoral dissertation in psychology (or in a social science with psychological subject matter) accepted between each year's set time frame. Please note that in the award year (July 1 – June 30) an individual or group may only submit one paper to one SPSSI paper award per year (from amongst the Allport, Klineberg, and Dissertation Awards).
Past Recipients


Social Identity Threat and performance motivation: The interplay between ingroup and outgroup domains
Belle Derks

Social-Psychological paths to protest; An integrative perspective
Martijn von Zomeren


The role of compensatory stereotypes and attributions in system justification
Aaron C. Kay


Welcome to the Neighborhood? Long-Term Impacts of Moving to Low-Poverty Neighborhoods on Poor Children's and Adolescents' Outcomes
Rebecca C. Fauth


Neural Signs for the Detection of Race Bias: Implications for Individual Differences in Regulatory Ability
David Amodio


Putting Pettigrew's reformulated Model to the Test: The Intergroup Contact Theory in Transition
Anja Eller


Bailing and Jailing the Fast and Frugal Way: An Application of Social Judgment Theory and Simple Heuristics to English Magistrates’ Remand Decisions
Mandeep K. Dhami


Status Differences In Selective Devaluing: Perceived Illegitimacy Moderates the Status Value Effect
Toni Schmader


Children’s Static Versus Dynamic Conceptions of People: Their Impact on Intergroup Attitudes
Sheri Levy