Introduction to the special edition

This edition of The Score highlights the achievements of the three 2017 Div. 5 Dissertation Award winners.

Welcome to a special edition of The Score. Every year, Div. 5 recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and awards are given to those that are newer to the field (Dissertation Awards; Early Career Contribution Awards) as well as to those with a longer history in the field (Distinguished Scientific Contributions; Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring). This special edition highlights the outstanding work of our newest contributors, the Dissertation Award winners.

Qiwei He, Phd accepting awardThe Anne Anastasi Dissertation Award recognizes distinguished dissertations that address a topic in the field of quantitative research methods — assessment, evaluation, measurement and statistics. Qiwei He, Phd, is the 2017 winner of this award. She received her PhD in psychometrics and data analysis at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Her dissertation, “Text Mining and IRT for Psychiatric and Psychological Assessment,” showed that text mining, in combination with item response theory (IRT) techniques, is a promising approach for handling textual data and item-based responses in one systematic framework for psychiatric and psychological assessments. 

Read He’s dissertation summary, “Text Mining and IRT for Psychiatric and Psychological Assessment.”

William Hartmann, PhD accepting awardThe Distinguished Dissertations in Qualitative Inquiry Award recognizes distinguished dissertations that addressed a topic in the field of qualitative research methods. There were two winners of this award in 2017. 

William Hartmann, PhD, recently earned his doctorate from the clinical area of the department of psychology at the University of Michigan. His dissertation used clinical ethnography to explore the relationship between clinical practice and culture concepts in an urban American Indian behavioral health clinic. 

Read Hartmann’s dissertation summary, “Ideas of Culture in an Urban American Indian Behavioral Health Clinic.”

Jonathan Yahalom, PhD receiving awardJonathan Yahalom, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. His dissertation “Social Dimensions of Alzheimer's Disease Among Caregivers in Oaxaca, Mexico" is an ethnography primarily conducted in the Zapotec language that interfaces between clinical psychology, medical anthropology, qualitative research theory and gerontology. Read Yaholom’s dissertation summary, “On culture in qualitative research: the development of a locally-focused interviewing technique.”

These three award winners have produced exceptional work. Enjoy reading about their dissertations.

Photo Credit: Robert Peyser