Richard Moreland Dissertation of the Year Award


Sponsor: Division 49


This award honors a recent dissertation by someone whose research on small groups seems especially promising. The winner is announced and the prize is conferred at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. The awardee receives cash, a plaque and a three-year membership in the division.


Only dissertations that were completed during the prior calendar year are eligible, but the research described in those dissertations can explore any group phenomenon, using any methodology to investigate any type of group. A committee reviews all the abstracts and selects three finalists, who then submit complete copies of their dissertations for the committee's evaluation.

How to Apply

A five-page, double-spaced abstract of your work should be sent to Dennis Kivlighan, PhD, by Dec. 31 (every year). 

Dennis M. Kivlighan Jr, PhD (email
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education
University of Maryland

Past Recipients
Currently considering nominees.

Maartijn van der Kamp
University of Melbourne


Namkje Kooudenburg, PhD

Namkje Kooudenburg, PhD
University of Groningen
Conversational flow: The emergence and regulation of solidarity through social interaction


Catherine Shea
Duke University
Goal pursuit and the pursuit of social networks


Dr. Amanda Ferguson
London Business School
When outsiders come in:  An identity-based view of group boundary work and effectiveness


Dr. Drew Carton
Penn State University
A theory, measure, and empirical test of subgroups in work teams


Dr. Meir Shemla
Technical University of Dresden
Broadening team composition research by conceptualizing team diversity as a cross-level moderating variable


Dr. Deanna Kennedy
University of Massachusetts/ Amherst
Examining the mental model convergence process using mathematical modeling, simulation, and genetic algorithm optimization


Dr. Lindred Greer
Leiden University
Team composition and conflict:  The role of individual differences


Dr. Robert Lount
Kellogg School of Business
An examination of the relationship between positive mood and trust:  A comparison of two theoretical models


Dr. Martijn van Zomeren
University of Amsterdam
Social psychological paths to protest:An integrative perspective


Dr. Floor Rink
Leiden University
Towards a social identity framework for studying the effects of task-related differences in dyads and groups


Dr. Andrea Lassiter
George Mason University
A comparison of team training strategies for team effectiveness


Dr. Michaela Schippers
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Reflexivity in teams


Dr. Bianca Beersma
University of Amsterdam
Small group negotiation and teamperformance


Dr. Artemis Chang
University of Queensland
Time in groups: Group development,time management, appraised structured useof time, and group effectiveness


Dr. Wendi Adair
Cornell University
Reciprocity in the globalmarket:Cross-cultural negotiations


Dr. Kyle Lewis
University of Maryland
The impact of interpersonal relationships and knowledge exchange on group performance:  A field study of consulting project teams


Dr. Peter Kim
Northwestern University
Working under the shadow of suspicion:The implications of trust and distrust for information sharing in groups


Dr. Sarah Hutson-Comeaux
Purdue University
Majority & minority influence: The use and effectiveness of social influence processes


Dr. Amy Edmondson
Harvard University
Group and organizational influences on team learning


Dr. Mary Waller
University of Texas
Multitasking in work groups: Coordination processes in work groups with multiple tasks


Dr. Kathleen O’Connor
University of Illinois
Negotiation teams: The impact of caucusing and team accountability on interaction processes and outcomes


Dr. Deborah Gruenfeld
University of Illinois
Status and integrative complexity in decision-making groups: Evidence from the United States Supreme Court and a laboratory experiment


Dr. Karen Jehn
Northwestern University
The impact of intragroup conflict on group effectiveness: A multimethod examination of the benefits and detriments of conflict

Last reviewed: April 2021Date created: April 2019